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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.