Sunday, March 27, 2011


While we are waiting for some of our shingle supplies to come in, we are working on some "smaller" jobs. One of them is the small section of roof beneath the shed dormer. We wouldn't have to have this roof here, but it makes it so we can run a gutter the total length of the north side. This is what it looked like before.
We started by cutting mini-rafters. I took us a little while to figure out the angle and get the length right. But once we did, my Dad and I didn't have any troubles cutting them with the miter saw.
Next we ripped a piece of 1/2" OSB on the table saw and nailed it on with 16d nails.
And then we covered it with the same ice and water barrier.
I have to say, if you are going to do any roofing - do it from the ground. It's so much easier!

Sunday, March 13, 2011

It Happened Again

Thursday was a beautiful day, so we worked on the house wrap for the gable ends. We were able to get the east end completely done. For some reason, the store I bought the wrap from only had red seam tape. So for now our house looks like a candy cane.
Everything went swimmingly. We used 2 inch plastic cap nails to secure it to the OSB.
I'm not sure if they had to be 2 inches long but I was sick of pounding nails that I couldn't fit my fingers behind which was the case for the ice and water barrier on the roof. Speaking of the roof.

As I said, Thursday was a beautiful day. Friday was a different story. Friday we had a blizzard with winds gusting at 60+ mph. I wanted to go check on the house, but by the time I got off work the highways were already pretty dangerous. So ... this happened.
In light of the recent events in Japan, our little bit of destruction is insignificant. While we were picking up scraps of ice and water barrier from our house up to 1/4 mile away, I couldn't help but think about how awful it would be to wonder if your family was still alive.

So, today we cleaned up the ragged edges and began putting it back up. This time we'll use more ... everything. More nails, more wind strips, more nails in the wind strips. It's a good thing I married a woman as stubborn as I am.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

We Finished Covering The Roof

Last weekend we finished covering the roof ... finally.
I have the day off tomorrow, and we are going to work on putting the house wrap on the gable ends. One step closer to being truly dried in.

A shameless plug
Each year, this being the third, I participate in a charity called St. Baldrick's Day. We raise money for childhood cancer research. You can read more about it (and donate - hint hint) here. All donations are appreciated.