Photos of Naturist Legacy's early success
44. Adding rafters to Naturist Legacy Park's new clubhouse
Our order of truss rafters was delivered by Truss
in mid-September. I and a few volunteers immediately raised two of the
rafters in order to get a feel for how we should proceed the next day when
many more volunteers would be available to help. Despite a brief rain shower
early the next morning, our rafter raising went exceptionally well! A crew
of several volunteers carried the 28 foot long rafters into the clubhouse
one by one (see the plans
They would prop one rafter tail on top of a wall and then lift and prop
the other tail on the opposing wall. It was then a simple matter of swinging
the rafter upright with a long board used as a "pusher." I was
in the rafters to "catch" each truss as others pushed it from
below. I nailed spacing strips at the peak and down about six feet on each
side while other members nailed the ends of the rafters to the pre-marked
top plates of the walls. By the end of the day, all 46 rafters — all 6,000
lbs. of them — were sitting on top of the walls. I loved how the building
looked inside with the new rafters all in place. It had an almost cathedral-like
feel to it! But there was more work to be done. A skilled member helped me build the "ladders" needed
to create roof overhangs on each end of the clubhouse. After carefully
trimming the rafter tails as required, other members helped me as I screwed 2x6 fascia boards into
place. We were now ready for roof sheathing.
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