Wednesday, August 19, 2009

that was easy....











Built the jigs, raised the truss, squeaked in another project I've been meaning to get to (video tomorrow), replaced the glass on the solar oven, celebrated with beer and solar baked crab. Thanks to Chuck for the chain and extra comealong - although he made me divulge the plan sketched out on a napkin. It was signed and dated so look for it on Ebay someday.

15 comments:

The Fat Mermaid said...

Unbelievable!!! Way to go. I can't believe you actually got the truss up there! Congrats man! Nice shot of Benita too.

KE5MIL said...

Yeppi ki yay John, I like it. You might even be able to sell the riggin off later to somebody who needs a mailbox stand. Congratulations on your progress. You're makin the rest of us out here look bad using the excuse its to darn hot to work...I'll do it later!

2L84Me said...

Congratulations!
One Down and X (at least 3) to go!
Cleaver idea on the chains, and it looked pretty safe too! Sounds like you are back in the "groove". I look forward to seeing the finished product. I sure learned not to underestimate the "Man"!

J.W. YOU ARE DE MAN!

ps the crabs looked good TOO!

Off Grid Terlingua said...

3 thumbs up!!!

TexasMan said...

I thought your vision was of harnessing Benita and let her muscle the whole thing up there! Nah, that would have been a nightmare! Your way was much more impressive! Cool. Ditto on the crabs.

Getting out... said...

Yay! Congratulations! It looks great.

Mr_Brown said...

Love the lines on this building. Quite the masterpiece.

Allen Hare said...

Well, John, that's about what I envisioned- come along anchored to a high point. You did it better and easier than I imagined by useing two come alongs and two high points. Looks like it came together beautifully, and simply. Way to go! I guess none of us realized how long the truss is compared to the width of the greenhouse. I, for one, did not see it extending out over the sides that much. That should shield the containers nicely, and give you some additional space under the overhang for stuff, or whatever.
Fantastic shot of the finished product, with Benita in the foreground.
Congratulations!

frann said...

How are you attatching the trusses to the storage containers? Things in west TX seem to turn into big kites on ocassion.

Ben in Texas said...

Well done sir!!! NOW, since that one is on the end. How do figer to lift the next one? Which is farther down the container? Or can the lift frame be moved out of the way to allow you to move that one further down to another position and then lift the next from the end like the one you got up there?

Billy Bob said...

Knew ya could do it John, all it takes is a little think'n and dream'n, along with some muskle power and the loan of some stuff ya ain't got.
If'n you or anyone else is interested in my solar panel installation on "da house", come take a look.
http://billybobsplace.blogspot.com/

Do ya think ya can build and install more than one truss a week? Can't wait to see them all up.

Does Benita clean up after herself??

KE5MIL said...

I'm thinking once John fixes the
first truss, supports it, he can then use it to raise the others.

Bob from Athens said...

Well you could just put some wheels under the lifting frame, locking of course, then raise the truss a couple of inches over the top of the container and pull it into place. Long as you make sure the truss is centered and balanced over the frame and the pulling is balanced top to botton, shouldn't be any problem to move it just about anywhere it wants or needs to go.

Nicole Short said...

I dig your blog, mucho.
You are a genius, John!
Keep up the excellent work at The Field Lab.

Smiles.
Nikki from Presidio.

judge chief charly hoarse said...

I have to ask where you get blue crabs from in Brewster County. I live in Clear Lake so they're always stealin' my bait. I post my fishing reports at .http://www.liquiddaddy.blogspot.com/