February 13, 2011 - Yes, it is Sunday morning, but Danny the framer and his crew need to get this job completed so they can move onto another one that kicks off tomorrow. After a long drought in the construction market, the guys are hungry for work, and take it as it comes. At 7:55am the sound of their compressor filled the air and ten minutes later you could hear their nail guns finishing the framing work they started just the day before.
It started off cool this morning, but by mid-day we were at 70 beautiful degrees. The guys completed their work on the trusses over containers 1,2,3, and 4. Getting them in place over the video production studio would be much more challenging. They had erected scaffolding, but they had to be reinforced since the were designed to support the weight of a man, not a man lifting 100-200 pounds of truss. The length of the crane boom was too short to position the truss in the exact spot where it was needed, so the framers had to muscle each truss into place. The goal was to have all 60 trusses set in place by the end of the day.
Framing is just plain hard work. You are often working up in the air, on a shaky site built scaffold, wielding a 20 pound nail gun that demands your respect. You may be lifting one or more 4 x 8 sheets of plywood that could act like a sail if a sudden gust of wind blows. The 2" x 4" are filled with splinters, the sun is beating down on you, and you need to keep up with Danny who walks around trusses 30' in the air like most people walk around the park. The framers really earn their money.
On Friday morning we got a call from Channel 11 News (the local CBS affiliate). Brad Woodard, a reporter for the station, asked if he could come up with a cameraman to check out the project. Brad showed up with Tom around 11:30am, and stayed for a couple of hours filming all aspects of the project. They interviewed me, as well as Mike Huffine, a Principal at Silver Rock Productions. They were very interested in the Green aspects of the building. The piece aired on the 5:00pm news the same day. Click here to see it.
The photos on the right will do a much better job of showing you the framing and decking process. Next week we will begin the electrical work on the job.
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