Day 8: Compression and Roof

21 03 2009

So, Rick and Noe showed up early this morning and together we got the pony wall and rafters cut, built and ready to put on the roof. Then we decided the best way to pre-compress the walls would be to put heavy rocks all along the roof plate. That was fun…I was a little bit scared someone was going to get a rock dropped on their head…but they didn’t. good thing!

Once they left at 10am I worked for about an hour trying to figure out how to tie the wires tight enough to hold the compressed walls down when we would take the rocks off. Then I gave up and ran errands…looking for roof tin and such.

Later Mario came with me to pick up clay from a construction site on W 6th st. When we got back to the house to unload, Rene, Carolina, and Adolfo showed up to help too. Between all of us, we got the clay unloaded and set in a pit, and we got all the wires tied as best we could. Several had to go back to work, so Adolfo and I stayed and got all the rocks off the roof and put up the pony wall (which was used as our ladder before nailed in for its intended use 🙂 ). Then, we had to get to work at the restaurant too, so we nixed finishing the roof rafters and just tarped everything so the rain tonight won’t hurt the bales (thanks to Ellen who stopped by and helped us get tarps!).

Unfortunately I didn’t get pictures of any of my friends helping today. But I did get a couple pictures of our compression method. I guess that is better than nothing 🙂

pony wall using as ladder

pony wall using as ladder

rocks on roof for wall compression

rocks on roof for wall compression

tarped for protection from rain

tarped for protection from rain

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