Building "off-grid"

- Ridge Beam Installation -
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April 2006:  Here you see the ridge beam again, lying flat so I could drill through to bolt it together.  Once I had it bolted together and mounted a temporary center guide fixture, I tipped it up for crane access.

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A closer look at the center guide fixture, which will help with left-right alignment as the crane lowers the beam.  I rented some scaffolding for safe(r), steady footing while working topside.

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I mounted top guides on one end and in the middle "A's" for front-back alignment as the beam is lowered.  I planned to manually guide the beam into the last slot.  The crane arrived and leveled off before hooking to the ridge beam.

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Here the ridge beam is on its way up.  There I am doing some manual guiding into the last slot, as expected.

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The ridge beam is now fully seated, but it took some nudging.  The last thing I did was mount some heavy sheet metal brackets to secure the main supports.

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