Steel gets a tad toasty when it has been sitting in the sun. So we had dinner at Stumblina Cantina (and listened to Eddie Roswell singing on their patio) and returned to work at 8 after the sun had set. Truss number 3 is now in place.
Our climbing gym, Phoenix Rock Gym, was shut down on March 18. We were finally allowed to reopen on May 13. We had been using my income from the gym to fund house construction. During the shutdown I focused on helping folks worse off then us and bringing in some income from Desert Rat Forge and Rope Guy.
With Gandalf on the east side and me on the west side of the house we used come-a-longs to move the truss into place. I created a device (I’m calling it a beam horse) that slides over the 5in beam we are sitting on to give us stable foot rests.
Because the truss will be sitting on the bottom cord it is prone to tipping over until is it welded in place. Gandalf is pointing to the long counter weight temporarily attached to the truss. This keeps it form tipping over. It will be removed once the truss is in its final position.
This is the start of the first (& longest) house truss. It is just over 51ft long. Once completed it will be lifted up onto the support rails and then dragged to the far end of the house and welded in place. Since the house is “wedged” shaped each successive truss will be 8 inches shorter than the previous truss. The 5in square beam under the truss is there only to provide a long flat space to fabricate the truss.
Since the previous post we participated in a very successful Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour and installed lights and shelving in the shop.
I have a fireproof welding blanket over my lap so the sparks don’t build up and catch my pants on fire. The scaffold is holding up the horizontal beam I am welding so I needed to don my rigging gear to get into position.
Yesterday we had 10 38ft 5×5 box beams delivered to the local building supply because the truck would not fit down out driveway. They used their forklift to load two beams at a time onto my truck rack and we brought them home. My handy bridge crane was used to unload. These beams run the length of the house and will support the roof trusses.
This morning we mixed up a mess of concrete and poured the footers for the south wall of the house. The ground is steeper than it looks so we dumped the concrete onto a metal slide. As you can see we trimmed the jojoba bush just enough to get the footer in.
It has been awhile since our last post. Other than a 17 day rafting trip thru the Grand Canyon we have been hard at work. Now that the shop is mostly done I have been spending some time on client blacksmithing projects when I’m not working on the house.