11:38AM | 11/25/06
Member Since: 11/23/06
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My name is Robert Thompson, and I have a question regarding swinging Trusses. I was helping a family member install trusses on his 24 x 60 pole barn when me and a truss went swinging down due to a gust of wind. Luckily I wasn't hurt, but ended up being very scared and then ticked off. I came to realize that the method we were using to install the trusses, which has been used by thousands of builders to wedge a truss by swinging it under a 2x4 that has been attached to the top chords of the first couple of trusses installed, can be potentially very dangerous. By all standards, wedging the truss under the extended 2x4 seems to work most of the time, but getting the newly swung truss into place, aligned, measured for distance, and then nailed into place, ends up being a game of Russian roulette. Albeit, how many times can you swing a truss before you become a potential statistic. It was due to this obvious fact that I stumbled upon and designed a very simplistic, cheap, yet extremely effective construction aide that enables even the novice builder the ability to swing, align, and fasten a truss in under 30 seconds, without having to worry about the truss giving way. In other words, if a person can read a tape measure, then they can use this aide. I call it the Truss-Me wedge latch. These wedge latches can be easily installed in a matter of minutes onto any 1x4, 2x4, 2x6, perlin, etc. being used to catch trusses. In doing so, they save literally hours in the erection phase of the trusses, saving them time and money, plus do it much safer. To prove our theory wasn't just dumb luck, we gave the wedge latches to my brother in-law, who along with 3 other members from his church, a group of novice builders at best, were building a 28 x 72 ranch home. The wedge latches were installed, and they started setting trusses. From start to finish, they were able to swing, align, and fasten the trusses in as fast as 25 seconds. The slowest time was 1 minute and 36 seconds. The entire phase took them less than an hour to put up 35 trusses (not including the gable end trusses). And even better, was that they determined that using the wedge latches on the top plates as well made it easy to keep the trusses perfectly aligned while nailing onto the top plates. My question to you is, does there exist anything at the moment which aides in the swinging of trusses other than what I have described? I have done much independent research to determine if something like this does exist, and have not come up with anything thus far.
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