The trusses are installed and the sheathing is just about on. That doesn't include the entry porch dormer/roof because the entry porch is not built yet. That's next.

Note 1: I didn't do too much on the house for about 12 days. First, there was this great especially windy period (unusual for August) where Peter and I sailed 5 out of 6 days. I hadn't sailed for month due to a cracked rib. I got to sail my smallest sail (a 3.2 square meter) and still got spanked. The gusts reached 52 mph. Then, Taylor came to visit for 6 days and we were much too busy with the rodeo, hiking, socializing, and sleeping in to get much done.

Note 2: Peter and I have been "day trading." That is, I work a day for him and then he works a day for me. This has been a real benefit, not only in the lifting department, but also when it comes to thinking out solutions and to add a social element to what at times can be an endless and/or overwhelming process.

Note 3: My rib is almost healed. I have had about 2,528 slivers. My left index fingernail is somewhat blackened. My tendonitis is medium bad in the left arm, but an armband compression brace is really helping. I've lost 25 lbs., but I really miss the excessive food and beer. I haven't fallen over 1 ft.

The roof trusses arrived on Thursday, 8/9/01. Peter and I got most of them installed on the same day (it was 98.5 degrees in the shade).

The roof is a sissor truss hip with a 1 foot heel. Sissor means that the trusses have a pitch on the underside as well as on top. This creates a vaulted ceiling inside The pitches are 6:12 outside and 3.5:12 inside. Hip means the roof will angle down to all four sides. This means the trusses have to step down and rely on a doubled girder truss to support perpendicular jack trusses angling down to the East and West ends. The 1 foot heel means the whole truss system has 1 foot added in between the top and bottom chords for extra insulation space.

The boom truck did all of the work getting the trusses to the top plates. The driver was very good at placing them wherever I needed.

The jack trusses are not in yet, but you can get a feel for the line of the roof.

Happy after a hard days work.

The truss design is rather intricate...

With 3 of the 4 hips sheathed, you can get a feel for the vaulted ceiling on the main floor.

Peter and I got used to hanging off the roof with climbing harnesses.