Week 17 – It finally didn’t rain for 7 days in a row!

WEEK 17 – We looked back over the entire building process thus far, and I can confidently attest to Week 17 being the first week since we’ve started building that it didn’t rain a single day!! Ok…that’s not true…it did rain at night…and it did rain on Sunday. But you know what? We don’t work at night, and we decided not to work Sunday before it started raining! So really, it’s the first week that we didn’t lose a day of work to the weather and/or have to work in the pouring down rain. That makes me very happy!

With the weather cooperating, and all the roof trusses that fell down last week standing again, this week we wanted to focus on getting that garage secured in a way that those trusses would never come back down, and starting the trusses over the main part of the house.

Whereas the garage trusses were BEASTish at 40 feet long and over 350 lbs, the house trusses are surprisingly manageable. In fact, Josh and I figured that if they were just a little shorter, we probably just could have carried them up the stair and lifted them into place on ladders. Of course, they’re not “a little shorter,” so we had to start swinging the lift around again. Still, this is what it took to do a garage truss….

And the house trusses we’re essentially just strapping to the basket, swinging into position, and then nailing into position. Ok…it wasn’t quite that easy, and they do have a tricky vaulted ceiling built into them that had to be lined up just so on the far wall. But it’s hard not to be in a good mood about it, when the weather was so cooperative, and the disaster of the previous week is far in the rearview mirror!


Published by Kate

A former Wisconsinite, Kate now resides in southeast Minnesota with her husband where she teaches high school English and theater. She recently completed her master's degree in learning design and technology, and continues to study and advocate for arts integration in the classroom. A recipient of the RISE America grant for high school theater, Kate is working to innovate and expand theater opportunities for the students at PIHS. An avid distance runner, concert pianist, and want-to-be wine aficionado, Kate's blog "ink." is a passion project, embodying all the best parts of life: friends, food, wine, thoughtful conversation, style, and sass!

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