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Sunday, August 25, 2013

More Roof Work - Plus a Sunday Morning Run

After a long afternoon on the roof, it's not unusual for the neighbors to look up and see me sitting on the plywood watching the stars come out.  It was during one of those tranquil moments that I finally figured out how to resolve the troublesome transition between the roof at the rear of the house, the laundry room roof, and the roof over the living room.  On Wednesday, Gary came over and helped me sort through a few roof issues, but by the end of our interview we still hadn't conceptualized a modification for this section.

Then, in the diminishing light I saw it as clearly as if it had already been built.  I stood up and climbed down off the roof.  

This was my biggest challenge of the week - How to get that transition right - because it has never been right.  The biggest problem with this configuration is - which direction to run the shingles?  If you look at the far left of the picture, you see what looks like a hip.  But if you follow that "hip" down the roof to the right, it blends back into the plane of the roof.  So which direction do you run the shingles?

Roughing in the framing

The new section looks like an airplane wing - and is now on the same "plane" as the rear roof.  Now there really will be a hip.
Compare this with the first picture above - I know, it's hard to see the difference - but this configuration can now be shingled conventionally.

It's getting to the point where there are about as many original sheets of plywood as new ones.  If you look closely you can see the small steel gussets I've conscripted into service as reinforcement between sheets - between rafters.  I installed blocks with screws between any new sheets.
Saturday's work...1x8 fascia boards.

Ella actually helped hold one end of some of those more ornery fascia boards.  

Fascias almost done.  Still missing that little triangle piece, but they are all drawn up and sitting on the table saw ready to be cut and installed some afternoon this week.

12 mile run this morning. Humid, but beautiful.
So this week should see the completion of the preparation of the roof.  All of the sheeting is now done, and I only have a couple of straight runs of fascia to install.  The small rear transition gable still needs a piece of plywood installed and I need to cut out the old step flashing, but when that's done - I should be done raining saw dust on the patio - hopefully for a very long time.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

1 Week on the Roof = No Sunday Morning Run

I didn't run my typical Sunday morning run.  I've been consoling myself with the fact that I've been getting in 15 - 20 miles each Sunday morning.  That still makes me a runner - right?

My running shoes dry out by the front door - the only evidence that there is a little athlete inside the carpenter who lives here.

But I could barely get out of bed this morning - after sleeping nearly 11 hours straight.  This is among the hardest weeks I can remember.

Last Saturday Tim, Dillon, and I spent 9+ hours tearing off shingles... Then each day this past week I worked my real construction job until around 1:00 or 2:00 in the afternoon and then headed up onto the roof...

Removed plywood and constructed eaves at large rear gable

Removed plywood and constructed eaves at transition gable

Same again at the small side gable

Removed approx. 5 sheets of plywood and approx. the same number of rafter tails at various locations around the roof.

Stripped plywood around the skylight to determine exactly how much damage was done by the leaks and formed a plan of attack for Saturday

In running terms - this was a double marathon.  ...shored up the dining room ceiling, remove the wiring above the light fixture, remove final sheets of plywood, remove damaged sections of rotting rafters, installed 5 new rafters, repaired various framing around skylight, installed new insulation as needed, new plywood, new skylight

I don't remember ever being as beat as I was on Saturday night.  I had been on the roof for nearly 12 hours straight.  I was blessed with cloud cover most of the day - an unexpected blessing on a day slated for 90 degree highs with clear skies.

So this week I plan to spend much less time on the roof (there are still 6 or 7 sheets to replace) and a little more time on the more artistic elements such as the "bird boxes" at the soffit corners, and paint prep.  My friend Gary comes over later in the week to help me figure out a nasty transition on the roof which is guaranteed to be problematic if we don't change something.  

Hopefully, this week, I don't put my tools away in the dark every night.  Next Sunday morning I want to hit the trails again...

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Roof - Gone : And a Little Backpacking

The first full week of August came and nearly went without any work being done on my roof.  My critical path had the roof coming off in August and going back on in September. (Oh how I love these long dry summers.  This plan would be completely untenable in wetter climates.)

The first few days of the month I spent with Ella backpacking in the Lost Coast wilderness area near Highway 1 along California's northern coast.

Then the second Saturday in August blew the roof of my house.  Well, actually Tim from church, Dillon from next door, and I scraped, pried, cut, and sweated 3 layers of old shingles off.  And no real surprises.  We discovered a significant amount of bad plywood - approx. 15 - 20 sheets, with about that many more coming off to facilitate the installation of the new eaves and soffits at the gable ends.

All of that carpentry work is supposed to be done by the end of this month to keep me on track.  I think it's doable, but wow is it hot work.  Some opportune tidying up in the attic is nudging out the schedule, but as I open the roof and find it remarkably easy to access those normally dark and cramped spaces, it seems a shame to not deal with some insulation, electrical and other house keeping items - so I do.

It has also occurred to me that I need to have the decorative fascia, some soffits, and some corner trim installed and painted prior to the gutters and roof going up.  This month is getting shorter and shorter.

Constructing the eaves on the rear gable.  The siding looks like it has the pox as it waits for paint.

Much easier to drop that insulation into the attic from the top...

Constructing the eaves at the transition gable

Daylight and fresh air makes working around in the attic space a little less awful

The completed eaves addition at the transition gable

No danger of her becoming a roofer any time soon.

I used my attic access to wire up and install a 3rd light on the patio.

The good news...I've hired a roofer who will be installing the gutters and shingles in September while I start working on the soffits and paint.