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posted Aug 15, 2010, 6:09 AM by Julie Bateman   [ updated Aug 15, 2010, 6:34 AM ]
This past weekend we took care of a bit of business in Pocone, and returned late Sunday night to the Lodge, charged up for our final week of construction as John, Giorie, and I have flights this coming weekend. The most intimidating part of the roof is our four heavy trusses that need to be lifted and centered onto the bond beam. We thought about making a game plan for the best way to lift them, but once on site Jorge and Joao decided trial and error was as good as method as any. Jorge has been an excellent addition to our team, nicknamed Hercules on site, and is both calm and very, very strong. The trusses were to the say the least awkward to get on top of the bond beam, and ours may not have been the prettiest process, but with the fourth and final truss on top and no one or nothing smashed to pieces, the morning was a success. The trusses look so good we are considering nixing the rest of the roof. The rest of the day was spent installing the central beam along the tops of the trusses spanning the building along with the never-ending fun of ground-fill.