A bit of an interesting note. The architect was really unhappy with the upper floor columns. They just weren’t working with the light cable railing around the stairwell. So, it was decided to replace them with a steel beam that would be cantilevered off a steel post inside the east wall of the great room.
The window package was large! Since it took them most of the day to unload, a later page will show just how many units there are.
The beam had arrived from the shop just before our regular Thursday status meeting. It’s a fairly light W10 x 26 and its about 16’ long so it “only” weighs about 400 pounds. The crew can just pick that up and carry it to where it belongs and they did!
Here it is in place in the ceiling of the east master bedroom. The post is about 4’ from the stack of LVLs. The stack of 5 LVLs pushes down on the 4’ lever arm and thus tries to pick up the 12’ lever arm. With a 3 -1 ratio, the beam didn’t need to be tied down at the east wall, the force isn’t that high.
Here’s what brought all of the windows up. It’s pretty much full and has about 50,000 pounds of windows in it, pushing the rig to about 70,000 pounds, about 10,000 under the maximum permitted road weight of 80,000 pounds. Glass is heavy!
You’ll notice that there isn’t any handling gear. No crane, no Genie lift, nothing.
This is the normal, therefor Sierra Pacific puts handles on every unit. I’ve circled one of the handles in red at the upper right.