Construction Continues – Rafters and Eves

Well, the walls are up.  It took a full day, but they are up, and I am feeling good about the progress and the quality.  Next step, the most intimidating step so far, float the compression ring and install the rafters.  In order to “float” the compression ring, we had to make some calculations for the height of the compression  ring.  Once done, we used several stories of scaffolding and built a stand for the compression ring to rest.  Then we used a rope to hoist the extremely heavy ring to the top of the scaffolding.  Once the ring was in place, we started attaching the rafters one at a time in opposing locations to compress the ring in opposite directions.

Terry Preping the Scaffold
Terry Preping the Scaffold
Completing The Ring Stand
Completing The Ring Stand
Scaffolding Erection
Scaffolding Erection
Preparing to lift the compression ring
Preparing to lift the compression ring
After Ring Hoist. Positioning the Ring Stand
After Ring Hoist. Positioning the Ring Stand

 

End Of First Day Of Rafters
End Of First Day Of Rafters
Bob Attaching The Rafters
Bob Attaching The Rafters
Most of the Rafters
Most of the Rafters
Adding The Bird-Block
Adding The Bird-Block
Adding the Eves
Adding the Eves
Rafter Tention Cable
Rafter Tention Cable
Rafters Bird-Block and Eves Complete
Rafters Bird-Block and Eves Complete

Initial Construction

Over the weekend, two of my life-long friends (J.B. Conant and Terry “T-Man” Wilson) joined me, Bob (GC) and Luis (Bob’s Assistant) in Eureka Springs to help on the initial contruction phase.  Over the next 5 days we poured over the construction manual and pictures.  Below is a progression of the build.

Adding the decking
Adding the decking
Attaching the first wall
Attaching the first wall
Attaching the first wall
5 Walls
More Walls
More Walls
Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living RoomFinishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room
Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room
Finishing The 5 Windows In The Living Room
Taking A Break In The Skylight
All 27 Walls
All 27 Walls
First Rafters Going Up
First Rafters Going Up
More Rafters
More Rafters