It has been a frenetic few days completing both the upper beam yesterday and cutting, assembling and raising all the roof trusses by this afternoon. The crew is relentlessly enthused and never stop–like Energizer Bunnies–and for the first time in years I actually look forward to stopping at (or before) the end of the day. Today was tough on all of us with hot and humid weather after drizzling the entire night baking us in bright sun the entire afternoon. We were determined to finish setting the rafters however–so as punctual as they are–we all worked just a bit late to get them up and stopped at 4:00….
I had slept poorly last night after failing to protect myself from table saw and router dust while prepping the upper beam–so I staggered out late after three hours’ sleep to set up the rafter templates and blocking systems. As experienced as they are–the way we do things usually defies most conventions–so there was a significant explanation time going over the roof system MO….but by late morning everything was cut and ready to go and they even repaired the too high gable upper beam blocking the Lake Erie view….which will also function as a integral structural component of the cantilevered 6×12 deck. We are blessed with a thoughtful and attentive to detail client with whom I spent a half hour last night rigging up a makeshift chair to determine that the upper beam was indeed precisely located at exactly the wrong height……..so the decision to lower it was blatantly obvious. I am grateful for not only his insight and perspicacity but also the kind and gentle ways he brings these matters to my attention–and handles well those times when I disagree with him. This is the stuff of which healthy relationships and great projects are made…they are never a one man show and would be severely limited as such.
I was also blessed yesterday with the well being activated–so now we have (still sandy) water along a 200′ hose from the barn to the camper–affording a solar heated hot shower after an exhausting marathon day….life is indeed good and even better feeling clean.