What took me out of the shop

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Project by Hawaiilad posted 06-09-2013 08:33 PM 2914 views 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t been working in the shop of late because we started putting the roof on our new house. This house has been under construction for about 1 1/2 years. As we have the money be do a large part of it. You should have seen this guy bringing the tursses from the truck to where we wanted them.. thought for sure he would dump them. 3 of us put were putting up the trusses “without a crane” and boy were they heavy. All are installed and we are putting in blocking today getting ready for the plywood. This old man can only work for one day then rest for one day…let the younger folks take over.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#1 posted 06-09-2013 09:55 PM

Larry, this looks like a labor of love. I would love to have your views for sure. The floor ply sure looks like its taken a beating in the 1 1/2 years its been exposed. I hope it doesnt have to much warp before you get the roof on.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#2 posted 06-09-2013 10:08 PM

looks like its coming along nicely.i cant imagine how much work it is…

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#3 posted 06-09-2013 10:52 PM

Looks like your building something that will be very rewarding for you and the family. Look beautiful, keep up the great work.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 06-09-2013 11:14 PM

Pat, you are very correct regarding the flooring. I have another person install it and I was not at all happy and knew I would have to go over it again…they used plywood that was to thin. So I have left it the way it is until I have it all sealed up with windows and doors and before in build the “two” interior walls I will then put down a new floor over the old one….Yes, we will only have two interior walls. It’s a one bedroom house, so there will be a bedroom wall and a wall for the corner bathroom…the rest will be open. Only about 1000 sq. feet in size

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#5 posted 06-10-2013 12:12 AM

Larry, I am a truss designer. Make sure u follow the truss drawings. Not sure where u located for sure but in the Midwest your end wall with gable truss isn’t the best design. We usually have the wall balloon framed to bottom of truss. This eliminates a hinge point when wind blows against it. If they call out bracing on profiles make sure you put in.

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#6 posted 06-10-2013 12:42 AM

Progress, gotta love it!! Nothing like having a little sweat equity in your own place.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 06-10-2013 12:51 AM

Agree with moose… In FL we would be doing southern yellow pine gable end x-bracing every four feet (8’ long) with SYP lateral braces at the bottom chord of each truss nailed to each. Vertical uprights at each truss. I’m sure there is a diagram in the house plans unless no engineering was required for permitting.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#8 posted 06-10-2013 01:23 AM

Love your view Larry. Our house took 5 years to build in the early 80’s. That was fun also.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#9 posted 06-10-2013 04:37 AM

Keep showing the house build
You are living the dream in paradise!
I would be on Kailua beach, Oahu right now if the darn lotteries would co-operate

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#10 posted 06-10-2013 04:56 AM

Buckethead and Moose82, Thank you for your input. We went through allot with the design on these trusses, and the County said they were designed for mega wind storms which we can get here in Hawaii. I did not build them, they were designed and built by a Truss Company here on the Island. Other than the endcaps, all the trusses are scissor trusses 5/12 outside and inside (except in one area.. I will be installing T&G pine on the Cathedral ceiling.

By the way, you are correct we have some very nice views here. In fact, we placed this house on our property next to a Guest house I built about 5 years ago (where are are living now) so we would have the same 180 degree view of the Ocean. It’s a trip to watch the Cruise Ships go by…we are still about a mile or so up from the water, but we can sure hear it at night.

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#11 posted 06-10-2013 01:20 PM

As others have said, please keep us posted on this build. It is going to be a beautiful house at a very beautiful location!


-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#12 posted 06-10-2013 01:37 PM

Looks like it is coming along nicely… Beautiful location… Enjoy :) Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#13 posted 06-10-2013 01:39 PM

Nice work. It really looks good. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#14 posted 06-10-2013 05:27 PM

I really like your house – would like it better if it were mine, but I can only dream :-)

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#15 posted 06-24-2013 02:48 AM

Only one thing to say Larry, sure beats Zanesville, Ohio

-- Rockbuster,Ft. Wayne,In It is far better to remain silent, and appear the fool, than it is to open ones mouth, and remove all doubt.

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