Slower than Watching Paint Dry

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The crew is hard at work early in the morning at the White Wolf Mine on Arizona’s Mogollon Rim. As you will note, the roof trusses are going up this morning. (technically yesterday from when you’ll be reading this) The building process is going ahead, all be it slower than watching paint dry. Dramatic elements like the roof trusses are good mileposts for measuring progress, and the steel roof will follow. The concrete siding has been ordered but it’s pre-painted at the factory (and the paint has a 15 year warranty) so that won’t arrive for another month.

Once it’s ‘weathered in’, a lot of the scheduling variables are eliminated and, with luck, I’ll be able to get some sort of realistic prediction for a completion date. At the moment it’s all spitballed numbers, and I understand that.
The roof plan looks a bit complex because the southern half of the 5 car garage is higher to accommodate a two-post lift. When you live in the back of beyond, you must plan to do for yourself to the extent possible.
Bringing heavy equipment all the way up to the mine is ruinously expensive – to answer the question before y’all ask it. BUT it’s cheaper in the long run to buy jigged, perfect roof trusses than to have Bubba-the-Framer guess and slap them together, leaving me with a leaking an unsound roof.
Meanwhile in other parts of the world, things are happening. The problem with that is that I don’t care right now.

17 thoughts on “Slower than Watching Paint Dry

  1. Lookin' good! Building a house is a lovely enterprise. creative, fun and useful.
    Have you given any thought to fire suppression? I don't know what the fire potential is there, but a big tank or cistern with a pump and big hose would be nice. My experience with fires is very limited, but a quick response seems to be critical. I am planning for a rainwater collection system of around 5000 gallons and want to use it as a drip irrigation/fire protection/emergency drinking water supply. Easy enough to top off with well water in the dry season to keep the reserve up. Probably use above ground poly tanks.

  2. Slowly but surely wins the race.
    And you need a life outside of world affairs.
    Windy and cold here. God bless.

  3. Yes, to start a 5000 ground above ground tank, fed by a well. The pump runs on grid electricity or if that goes down by a propane generator. I did NOT put sprinklers inside of the structure. I may expand my water capacity (household or firefighting) to 10,000 gallons, but that might be overkill.

  4. You have to be patient in life whether it pleases or not. That's the sad truth. I am generally impatient, but age has helped bring things in perspective. Have a good weekend and a blessed Sabbath, LindaG

  5. "The problem with that is that I don't care right now."

    I beg to differ. That is not a problem, it is what keeps you sane. Rock on. And yes, having your wheeled transport go T.U. out in the wayback, beyond your ability to repair, truly sucketh. At least when I was young lad, we could always saddle up and go on horseback. It was kinda nice in a way. Slower pace, and the horse didn't care either.

  6. As I type, I've stopped for gas, on the road to Death Valley, for a change of scenery.

  7. Good choice on the premade trusses. Yes, it costs a lot to get the equipment up there to install them, but as you say, you know they're built to spec.

    As the old saying goes, "Pay Me Now Or Pay Me Later". I'd rather pay the money up front for a good job than to pay later to have it redone properly.

  8. I am not so convinced on indoor sprinklers either. Most inside house fires are caused by careless behavior, bad housekeeping as my ex fire chief friend says. And older homes with weird wiring etc. Far more concerned about a outside fire and there, a decent fire break and a lot of available water seem like the best defense.

  9. If your contractor hasn't already done so, have him put in fire stops. These are horizontal 2x4s between the studs at about the 4' level. Keeps the wall cavity from becoming a chimney. They don't need to be quality lumber as they are not structural.

  10. Well….you could probably find a way or two to chince out on stuff, but that wouldn't be you.

    One look at a certain motorcycle, and a certain Ford truck, convince me of that!

  11. Really? I don't recall ever hearing of a code that didn't require them, or something of a similar function. I've seen "fire proof" foam used in some places, but even that was recommended to be used along with the fire breaks…..

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