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Old 09-12-2018, 08:20 PM   #16
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Eventually I got something I could tip up and would stand on its own. Here you can see all the members that comprise the truss.

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Old 09-12-2018, 08:21 PM   #17
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Once I knew how it would come together, I got the idea that a saw guide could be screwed to the workpiece to help me make a straight(er) cut.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:24 PM   #18
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Now I had a repeatable process, I worked past sundown to finish enough components for all five trusses
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On the next set of cuts I tried a different strategy. I put two boards on top of each other and set my cut depth to the thickness of the board plus a small amount. This left a "line" to cut along for the next pair of boards. This particular cut wasn't as easy to use a saw guide and was much shorter to let me more easily made freehand.

There were ten trusses, I worked on the last four as a group, some boards had two cuts, so this cut had to be repeated sixteen times. Having a repeatable process helped me be more consistent.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:25 PM   #19
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More posts, more blocks, more wedges, more trusses.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:26 PM   #20
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Measure, measure, measure, cut--gussets.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:28 PM   #21
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Five gussets on each side of each truss, glued and nailed in place. That's over a gallon of glue and over twenty-five pounds of nails.
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This is a gusset at the end, but it shows the nails prominently.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:30 PM   #22
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Hammered in but not hammered down.
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I need to flip them over to get to the other side, here it is mid flip.
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I made five of these, they took up a lot of space, heavy and awkward to deal with.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:32 PM   #23
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The trusses rested on beams that extended perpendicularly from the house to the end of the roof. And by beam I mean one 2x4, twelve feet long. I decided to sister a 2x6, twelve feet long, to the original beam. I had to reconfigure a joist hangar to attach one end to the ledger board on the house (after and before)
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This is where I attached it.
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Then then I slotted in one end of the sister-beam.
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And I was halfway there. Well, a quarter of the way, since I had to do the same on the other side.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:33 PM   #24
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I got it connected on both ends, nailed it to the original along the length, liberally. You can see that they're not level with each other where I'll need to put a top plate for the trusses to rest on.
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I decided to thin down the original (higher) board. I made a number of relief cuts and then knocked out the chunks.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:37 PM   #25
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I applied this technique all along the beam where ever it was higher.
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The board on top perpendicular to the beam will become the top plate for this beam.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:37 PM   #26
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:39 PM   #27
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Then topped it with the top plate, and nailed that one down too.
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The other side wasn't nearly as misaligned.
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Top plate (number two) installed.
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Surprise, more nails. Nails through the top plate into both the original beam and the sister-beam.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:41 PM   #28
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Here you can see how the old beam and the new beam were halfway supported by the original post. I replaced this post and all the other two original posts and added two new posts.
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I attached a giant bracket to the top of the new 4x4 pressure treated post.
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I jacked up the adjoining beam
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This relieved the weight enough for me to pry the post from the beam.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:42 PM   #29
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I repeated the process for a post in the center of the beam, and you can see the wider board means the original narrower beam board doesn't bear on the bracket. So I made a couple of wedges and slid them in the bracket under the narrower beam, knocked them together until it was snug.
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Old 09-12-2018, 08:46 PM   #30
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I followed this same procedure with the beam across the deck, parallel to the house. This is a long span, 22 feet, so I used two boards, supporting the joint in the center.

In this picture you can see the two new posts.
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And here you can see the first of two reinforcing sister beams across the deck.
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When I got those super heavy duty brackets, I picked them up from the local Habitat for Humanity. I got them for five dollars each, the same bracket at the big box store was about fifty-five dollars. Jackpot! But as you can see, I should have gotten five not just four. This joint could use one but I only had this little sheet metal brace.
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Now you can see the second half of the long beam installed.
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