Economic use of timbers
The design intent of this carport was the efficient use of timbers. The main tie was raised to the principal rafter in order to alleviate the need for knee braces to provide front-to-rear bracing. Large metal chains and galvanized hardware was utilized to provide lateral bracing. Let in 1" material on the purlins and back wall posts provides bracing. Raising the frame proved to be a challenge due to the site's limited access. Once material was dropped off, a gin pole was used to lift the 400-pound principal rafters into place. The tie beams, purlins, roof decking, and roof were all raised by hand. This was an enjoyable project. The efficient use of timbers and the onsite problem solving was a joy to tackle. This frame was cut at home with a view of the Giant Range looking out over the Pleasant Valley.