Trusses and Framing
I’m here at this new custom home that we’re building in Poway. The trusses were delivered today. This crane is lifting all the trusses to stack them on top of the entire house. It’s an amazing site. The operator lifts these big trusses about 40 feet in the air before setting them down. I’m going to film a bit to show you the process.
The roofline of this house is not flat. You can see that the top of that truss is flat, but the reasoning is because these trusses are so tall, when fully built, we would not be able to transport them here to the jobsite. So, the manufacturer must flip the tops off and then our carpenters put those on separately. This makes for a lot of extra work but it’s really the only option. You can see the truss tops stacked up right over there.
The Framing Process
The framing process has a few steps to it. Our carpenters first plate, detail, and build the walls. After that they plumb-and-line, which means they make sure everything is level and square. All those temporary diagonal bracing inside that you see through the windows is the plumb-&-line. Once that is complete, the building gets wrapped in a sheer paneling, which is the plywood you see on the outside of the house. Then what you’re seeing now is the next step, the trusses get delivered. The trusses get checked, and then next week we will sheet the roof. The carpenters will nail all the plywood to the roof, along with the fascia. The fascia is a board that wraps from the bottom roofline there. The sheeting ties everything together structurally, so once that is complete, all the temporary bracing that you see through the windows there can all come down.
The Rough Trades
All our rough trades will start their work once the bracing comes down. Rough trades include our electrician, plumber, the HVAC guys, and the low voltage goes in at that point too. The cabinet maker has already been out to take his measurements, and he is designing the cabinets right now. So that’s all underway. The two guys here, pushing and pulling on this thing, they must know what they’re doing. It looks like they’re going to plan B, maybe they don’t like how it’s pulling with how it’s tied off.
All right, I’m going to shut this off for now. It looks like they’re having to rearrange a few things. I’ll fire it back up once we get these things in the air.
All right, we are back online. We’ve reduced the number of trusses we’re lifting by about half. I guess it was just too big of a load. If you look closely at the middle of those trusses, you can see the first few don’t have any vertical or diagonal webbing. Those are part of some attic trusses that allow for a room up in the attic. All that gets factored in when they design and build these trusses.
I really should have hopped up on these trusses. I would’ve got a heck of a view. Maybe on the next load. It’s Friday, so I would have the weekend to recover if I fell down. So, it wouldn’t be a problem. Let’s go walk on over here.
These guys make walking around on top of these skinny walls look easy. They get laid down in order of how they get stacked. One at a time, they get laid out and nailed off.
All right. We’ve got plenty of work to do here. This could go on for a while. Thanks for watching. We’ll do a follow-up video once these all get stacked so you can see the finished product. Have a great day.
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