Construction Day 4: Raising a Roof

Only a half day, but a lot done.

Man Lift
They brought the man lift on a trailer first thing in the morning and put it right to work.

I was home on Thursday morning, mostly writing blog posts, when the workers put in about 4 hours of work.

They brought along a new piece of equipment — a man lift — and used that with a series of cables and pulleys to hoist each section of my RV garage roof into place. This isn’t the highest roof, but it’s likely the most cumbersome. It required hands-on participation from all four workers at once.

Raising a Roof
It took the man lift, four guys and a bunch of ladders to raise each roof section.

As one of my friends noted, the fully framed roof trusses looked a lot like bleachers when they sat on the ground. But once they were lifted into place over the building’s biggest open space — 24 x 48 feet — they started looking a lot more like a roof.

And the poles started looking a lot more like a building.

One Roof Up
The first part of the roof is up.

On May 20, 2014, I began blogging about the construction of my new home in Malaga, WA. You can read all of these posts — and see the time-lapse movies that go with them — by clicking the new home construction tag.

It took the guys less than 4 hours to lift all four truss sections and secure them to the poles. Then Angel told me that they were needed at a job in Chelan and would be back on Tuesday. I gave them the box of cookies I’d bought them and they drove off.

Later that day, I met with Tanya in the office. I told her about the progress and we both agreed it was a good thing they hadn’t hit any rocks when digging the post holes. She said that the building should be done in 4 weeks. I was so stunned that I didn’t think to ask her whether she meant 4 weeks from the start date or 4 weeks from that day. Either way, it means I can finally get my things out of storage — likely before the end of June.

And that’s something to celebrate.

Here’s Thursday’s time-lapse:

What do you think?