With the SIPs finally unloaded, the crane in place, and Lewis away at a wedding, the serious business of installing the SIPs began early on Friday morning. Kelley took some amazing photos of this undertaking, which was difficult and dramatic.
Here’s the story in the photos from Kelley’s camera.
Braxton and Aaron are ready to install the SIPs, some of which are lying in front of the little Bunny Vista asparagus bed.
Mike and Jordan prepare for the first panel.
Kelley is on the inside, looking up.
Braxton and his friend, the good Dr. Pepper.
The crane lowers the first SIP into place.
Mike steadies the SIP.
Jordan directs the crane operator.
Here's a chart of hand signals, photographed from the side of the crane. And all this time I thought Jordan knew those signals by heart.
Aaron nails blocks on the second panel so that the crane can lift it.
The fourth panel slides into place. The panels are joined with splines. Unfortunately, Team Industries, which manufactured the panels, supplied splines which were too large. The builders had to recut all the splines. Here, they are working hard to match up the panels.
Jordan said the installation of the SIPs on the second side should have been simple, in spite of the height of the roof. The crew made a miscalculation when they placed the first two panels, which resulted in some extra hours of work in the heat and humidity. I understand that someone called someone else a "dumbass." It may have happened more than once.
It was daring and difficult work to adjust the placement of the lower two panels.
This is the last photo of the day. The photographer needed a break from the drama and went to water his garden.
Although this is the end of the photographic record of the SIPs installation, it was far from the end of the work for the building crew. After a quick meal at Peck’s Barbecue, they returned to work. Kelley, Mike, and Jordan finally stopped working at about 10 p.m.
Mike, Jordan, Braxton, and Aaron are remarkable young men. It has been a great pleasure for Kelley and me to get to know them. They work as hard as any people I have ever met. All four of them take the kind of care with their work that we rarely see. I am so happy that they are working on this project and bringing to it their knowledge, skills, problem-solving abilities, and good humor. Also their muscles, which are substantial.