Building "off-grid"

- GIMME AN "A"!! -
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December 2005:  Once all the lumber was on the roof to make my "A's", it was just a matter of laying them out and fastening them together.  I was working in Iowa all winter, so I only had the weekends to work.  That made progress a little slow, but last time I checked, no one is timing me...

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March 2006:  I finished the 3rd of the 3 "A's" up on several saw horses, because there was no more room on the [roof] surface.  Next I hired the Christenson Construction crew to come out again and help me prop the "A's" up.  Finally it's starting to look like something!  Note:  Those "A's" looked A LOT more managable lying on the [roof] than they did on the way up.  They're about 25' tall and probably weight 400-500 lbs. each.  Getting them propped up was a major undertaking, but actually only took about 2 hours with the 4 of us.  If you look closely, you'll notice it makes the initials AW.  *Laugh*  Click on the big "A" picture for more details about the mounting.  Cost:  $180 for the labor help.  $30/hr per person x 3-man crew...is that reasonable or what??  A friend of mine had suggested getting my buddies over for a "framing party", but I figured that aside from inconveniencing everyone (IF I could find a weekend they all had free), none of us are professionals, so we'd spend hours and hours doing the job and not do as good a job.

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This ridge beam fits into the slots on the top of the "A's".  I'll be renting some scaffolding and hiring a crane and operator to come out for that task.

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