Though it may not appear from these pics as if I'm doing any work, I promise I am. Quelman and Juan Carlos have a lot of framing experience (they framed the basement, too), and I basically did what they told me. Which, as has been the case for much of this project so far, involved carrying heavy stuff. Pressure treated lumber is no exception...
Running a line to level the first side of the double-beam:
Setting the joists:
Quelman had a tico nail gun, which I didn't know existed. Made fastening the joist hangers to the ledger board against the house SO MUCH EASIER than hand nailing. We started at 7 on Wednesday morning, and finished at 5 on Thursday afternoon. Not bad for a couple of days work. (I paid them $1000 total for the two days, which is a pretty expensive hourly rate by WV standards. But they worked pretty fast and they did a nice job.)
Ipe comes on Wednesday, all 3,256 lbs of it. I believe I am on the hook for unloading it (story of my summer). Hopefully they can get the truck nice and close to the deck.