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Posted August 03, 2014 - 11:30 AM

I have almost everything ready for truss lifting/placing tomorrow, that is unless something else pops up that must be done.


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 12:26 PM

Hope all goes well with your roof raising tomorrow and you have a chance for some R and R in between.


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 05:22 PM

It will be nice to see the trusses all in place! Good luck!


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 07:02 PM

best of luck and work safe.


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Sounds like the shop is coming along nicely.  Just keep safety in mind first and I hope all goes well tomorrow!


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Posted August 03, 2014 - 08:40 PM

Raised a barn on Sunday soon to raise another...

Sorry heard weird Al singing Amish paradise in my head...

Good luck and be careful setting those trusses.

What will you be using to set the trusses? When we built dad's garage we carried them up ladders placed on either side. It was quite the undertaking. Uncle almost lost his head when the truss went forward and swung down into the garage.

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Posted August 03, 2014 - 09:21 PM

We have a rig we put in the 3 point of a farm tractor.  2 large pipe forming a point at top with a pulley.  Lower end we did have a worm gear winch driven by hydraulic motor.  The worm gears are worn to unsafe, so I got a 4,500lb electric winch to do the lifting.  Should make for safe enough work, and a lot better than the boom we had on the loader bucket.  Dad almost knocked us off the building that burned a half dozen times.  He wanted to do it that way this time, but I said NO WAY!  So I bought the new winch to refresh the old rig.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:44 PM

Only got 3 trusses installed today, but we had other chores to do, plus it took all of the morning just to get the truss lifting boom set up & ready.  The winch works awesome!  It doesn't know the truss is even there.  Gave $150 at TSC for this Champion 4500lb pull winch....closeout.  They switched companies as far as winches go.

  Tomorrow we'll definitely finish all the trusses, then start nailing on purlins.  I'm having problems in my arms/hands since starting all this hammering.  My smallest 2 fingers on both hands are 1/2 numb, and the tip of both middle fingers as well.  Ulnar neuropathy as far as all I can look up on the subject.  I've had it for a while, but is amplified now.  My shoulders are killing me also.  Just gotta keep pushing through it though.

 Anyway, here are pics of the new shop at present stage.  The lift tower is almost vertical when the 3 point is raised.

  You might notice we're kinda starting backwards installing trusses at the end, but this way we can drive the tractor under the original shed & hang all the trusses without interruption.

 

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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:47 PM

Oh, and the chains on the lift boom are bolted with 1/2" bolts as well as hooked.  I don't take chances with things like this.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:48 PM

You're really making progress!! Glad the winch worked well for you. :thumbs:


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:49 PM

That looks great ! any progress is better then none, that boom is a sweet set up, handy.

 

It also sounds like you may have the begining of carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve ending damage, does vibration make your hand go numb or just the fingers ?


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 04:56 PM

That looks great ! any progress is better then none, that boom is a sweet set up, handy.

 

It also sounds like you may have the begining of carpal tunnel syndrome and nerve ending damage, does vibration make your hand go numb or just the fingers ?

 

I can't grip for extended periods without my thumbs going numb.  When driving I have to switch hands & how I grip the wheel.  Vibes get to my hands even quicker.  I was tested for carpal tunnel maybe 3 years ago when it was worse in my thumbs, but checked out ok.  I know I've whacked my elbow severely, ramming the milker hanger bracket into my funny-bone, way too many times when cows kick.  Over 40 years of milking cows racks up a toll.  My palm never goes numb though, just fingers & thumbs.  But the last few weeks, the partial numbness NEVER goes away..... with me 24/7.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 05:17 PM

That sounds a familiar symptom, my right hand goes numb mainly from vib such as power tools, it suffered the bulk of injuries so granted it will do that but yours reminds me of something else, treatable if i recall correctly, i'll ask my mother and aunt, both great doctors.


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 05:47 PM

I have the 'fingers going numb' issue as well. That's why I don't run a chain saw much, vibration does me in quick! Hammering, forget it!


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Posted August 04, 2014 - 06:12 PM

Hang on, she is interrogating me ''you never call, you never answer my emails, your never around anymore, you don't love me any more, all the years i spent raising you,'' NAG, NAG, NAG, MOTHER !!!!!!


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