Arched Cabin Build – Day 5

Sunday was Day 5 – we had great weather and the crew made a lot of progress.  They told us they’d be done by mid-morning Monday (that’s today!).

Day 5 - South side end cap is basically done, with the exception of the windows and door.  You can see they've started installing the insulation and sheet metal roofing.

Day 5 – South side end cap is basically done, with the exception of the windows and door. You can see they’ve started installing the insulation and sheet metal roofing.

Day 5 - View of the roofing and insulation material.

Day 5 – View of the roofing and insulation material.

Day 5 - View of the insulation material

Day 5 – View of the insulation material

Day 5 - View of the interior with the roofing halfway done on each side.

Day 5 – View of the interior with the roofing halfway done on each side.

Day 5 - Interior photo of the insulation.  When it's all finished, we'll have ANOTHER layer of insulation on the inside of the metal ribs.  Then the drywall will go on top of our second layer of insulation.

Day 5 – Interior photo of the insulation. When it’s all finished, we’ll have ANOTHER layer of insulation on the inside of the metal ribs. Then the drywall will go on top of our second layer of insulation.

We stopped by around 1pm and took all the photos above.  It was getting pretty hot at that point, so the crew took a long lunch and came back to make more progress in the evening.  We used that window of time to run errands and catch Fred in the following provocative pose –

Fred doing a thigh stretch on his receipt paper 'toy'.

Fred doing a thigh stretch on his receipt paper ‘toy’.

Day 5 PM - In the evening we returned to catch up with the crew and feed the dogs.  Sydney quickly discovered the ultimate cave.

Day 5 PM – In the evening we returned to catch up with the crew and feed the dogs. Sydney quickly discovered the ultimate cave.

Day 5 PM - Another Sydney photo

Day 5 PM – Another Sydney photo

Day 5 PM - We hung around for awhile so we could watch them install a roof panel.  Excellent coordinated team effort.

Day 5 PM – We hung around for awhile so we could watch them install a roof panel. Excellent coordinated team effort. By this point, the door and all of the windows had been installed.

It was fun to watch them work – you can see how they’ve simplified and perfected the build process for the arched cabins.  One example of their efficiency is their two rope colors.  Each panel has two ropes on it, one on either side, one red and one black.  There is a crew member on the opposite side of each rope, pulling the panel up as the install member pushes/guides it from the ladder side.  Because they have different colored ropes, they just yell over to the other side, “Tension on red” or “Hold black”.  Efficient, quick and safe.

After they pulled that panel up, each of the guys on the ladders fixed it into place.  As they were working back and forth (way high up!), there was another crew member on each ladder, moving it along underneath them.  Communication was clear and frequent the entire time.  Great teamwork.

4 thoughts on “Arched Cabin Build – Day 5

  1. Kim Frederiksen

    Hello there … very nice blog …. can you please describe how the roof panels are actually attached to the steel ribs ? Are they screwed directly into the rib ? and if so, doesn’t it weaken the rib ??

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    1. admin Post author

      They’re attached with self-drilling self-sealing screws driven by impact driver. The screws are either #8 or #10 – not sure – and the size of the hole in a 2 x 2 metal rib beam is not significant in terms of strength reduction; there’s plenty of surrounding material to maintain rigidity.

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