Overheard On The Day They Invented Sliced Bread
“Wow, this is-man, this is just so great. I can’t even think of anything to compare it to.” Are you kidding me with this stuff?”
“You know, I’m just not that impressed. I mean, you hear all the hype, how everyone’s talking, “Oh you’ve got to see this new thing, they’re doing with bread!” and you think, “Okay, sure, I’ll give it a shot, I’m not some bread snob, I’m willing to try new things.” But now? Sitting here with it right in front of me? I honestly can’t say–and I’m sorry for this, I hope I’m not offending anyone–that I’m that blown away. Looks just like a regular old loaf of bread to me. Oh wait. Hold on a minute! Would you look at that? They just went ahead and cut right the way through! And here’s one piece..and look another! And another-amazing, simply amazing! Who did this? Who is the culinary genius behind this? I take it all back. My bad, guys. You were right. My bad.”
I simply get the largest kick out of that book. It makes me laugh for no obivious reason. As the review states, maybe it is it’s Zen like simplicity. It leads in to my subject matter of the truss you see illustrated above. My friend and customer (it’s great to use those two words in the same sentence) Rod Edwards with Innovative Design and Construction deserves the cudos for coming up with it. He was involved in a rennovation that required the ceiling rafters ( constructed from conventional lumber 2×8′s) to remain in the structure. The house had 8′-0″ plate heights and he needed to select which rooms in particular would have raised “tray” ceilings. By sloping upwards at the inside wall of the top plate, he was able to avoid the existing ceiling rafters, along with all the wires and insulation that came with them. By keeping them entact, the upgrade was non invasive on structure itself, and did not expose the interior of the house to the elements. Where ever he chose to put a tray ceiling, he was free to remove the ceiling joist and finish the other side of the tray in the field by framing down to the interior non load bearing wall in the space provided on the underside of the truss bottom ceiling rafter. At the same time, he maintained a light attic storage area continuously above the bottom chord (also a 2×8) for the entire run of the trusses (over 40′-0″). Noticed the 2×6 attached to the upper area of the bottom chord, for insulation purposes. The fully functional truss created is a welcome relief in a world of custom components, where it seems no two are alike, much less serving several purposes. This design was well thought out and is a great solution especially for rennovations where removing a roof entirely is not practical.
What did they do before bread was presliced anyway? Wait until you actually cut the bread before making a sandwich? Talk about not being practical…