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Received some bad news from several crane companies in my area - they can't/won't install my trusses due to the proximity of power lines and trees. There has to be a 15' safety factor between the boom and a line, and though there is enough room to meet this factor, the area is tight and the crane people don't want to bother with it. I'm building a detached garage in an old, established neighborhood with overhead lines, and 99% of their work is cookie-cutter new construction in areast with no overhead obstructions.
My trusses are 8:12 pitch, span 24' with two foot overhangs on each side, so they're about 28 feet long and 10' tall. Weight is about 170 pounds each. The roof is a simple gable style, but the gable end walls are balloon framed and go right to the roofline. This, it seems to me, makes getting the trusses on the roof more difficult as the two gable end walls will be in the way.
My question is: Is it reasonable to try and place these trusses by hand? I can probably get about 6 guys to help me. Alternatively, I could have the power line that goes from the pole to the house disconnected, which would provide a crane more working room, but I don't know what's involved with that. Would that be a better option?
Thanks a lot in advance!