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Artroom Expansion 5

It has been hot here. It gets over a 100 real early. So I have been working less. But have been making progress.
Roof Framing
The distance is only 16' across  so I built a custom beam to carry the roof, and to save money on framing materials,  as well as having a beam in place for a future overhead crane. Fusing glass in big pieces gets heavy in a hurry.
The beam is 1/2'' plywood between 2×4's with a 2×4 bottom plate. The plywood extends above the top of the beam and acts as the ridge board for the roof rafters. It will carry the roof, the ceiling and a whole lot more.
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Rafters
Here is a view with the rafters in place. I also managed to get my favorite electrician over to prewire for the kilns, exhaust fan and lights and outlets. The rafters are fastened using strong tie anchors and 1 1/4'' and 3'' deck screws in place of nails.
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Framing Details
Here is a view from the outside showing the framing details. The rafters are 10' the ceiling joists are 8' They are siamesed together and screwed with 3'' screws. The clamps are necessary as the material was dropped shipped so selection was left to others.
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Also on the right side is a 2×12'' in the ceiling to attach the counterweight for the kiln lids.


Ceiling Details

Here is a  view of the ceiling construction details. The hurricane ties are attached to the joist and the beam. the tails sticking up will be folded over and screwed down to the top of the beam. The joists are also toe nailed with screws on the sides and through the bottom.
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East Wall View
Here we are after the framing and after the rain.
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Plywood
Plywood is on the roof and next will be the doorway and the siding.
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Drywall Diva

In remodeling there are many triggers that bring us pleasure, from tools to materials to completion.

This is a photo that brings me pleasure.

She would be great on the other end of my projects.

Tanya is also a Professional Photographer too!