Thursday, October 30, 2008

Roof Sheathing Started

I've started putting up the roof sheathing on the north side of the house. I'm going to need to build the other dormer on this side before I continue though; because of the way the sheathing needs to butt up against the dormer walls and roofline. It's certainly a race against the weather now... (but I have this feeling that Mother Nature is going to stick out her foot and trip me.)

Monday, October 27, 2008

Loft Subfloor Finished

Now that the trusses are out of the way, I have so much more room to work; so I spent some time finishing up the subfloor in the loft area. Up until now I just had sheets of plywood temporarily laid out across the floor joists.

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Geometrically Challenged

Although the trusses for the dormers were pre-made, I still had to do some on-site framing for where the two roof-planes meet... the dormer ridge, the valley rafter, and valley jacks (short rafters).

For the valley rafter, there are three different angles on each end of the 2x6s, and it took me for-freaking-ever to get them all right. I'm sure there are mathematical calculations to figure them out, but I certainly don't know them. Anyway, once I got one finished, the remaining ones are easy because I've got everything written down and drawn out.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Truss Work

Although I have all the roof trusses up now, I still have to go back and brace them properly. One of the requirements is to install "anti-rotation" braces. They get installed between the trusses where the trusses attach to the main roof girder. They prevent the trusses flipping over on their sides.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Trees Across The Valley

Roof Trusses All Up

Ta-da! I have finally got all the roof trusses up. Now I can build the rest of the dormers and start sheathing the roof. I just might get this house finished in this decade yet!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

West Gable Wall Done

I've finished up the west gable wall. The opening in the wall is for a future doorway to the master bedroom over the (future) garage. I will frame a "plug" for the hole for now, but by allowing for the opening now, it will be relatively simple to open it up later.

Friday, October 17, 2008

More Trusses Up

I've installed a few more trusses for the main part of the house. With any luck I'll have them finished this weekend.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Roofing Progress

I've got the top quarter of the roof shingled now and I've installed the roof vent.

All roofs need to be ventilated properly so as to prevent moisture buildup within the roof cavity. This is usually done with a combination of vented soffits (under the eaves) and some sort of opening higher up the roof. I've chosen to use a ridge vent because they work well with vaulted ceilings. A ridge vent consists of an open slot - about 2" wide - that runs the length of the ridge (except over the eaves); covered by a vinyl cap and shingles. The vinyl cap is 15" wide and folds down on both sides of the ridge. It has a series of baffles on the bottom side that prevent windblown rain and snow from getting underneath it. I haven't put the cap shingles on it yet, but once they're on, the vent will blend into the roof-line and won't be so noticeable.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Somedays You Just Can't Win

I'm trying to be a bit more organized lately so that I don't waste so much time; both running around getting materials and making needless trips up and down off the roof to get tools,etc. So, before I started shingling the north side of the roof over the bedroom area today, I made sure that I had all my tools and materials at the ready. I had a pile of shingles there, I had all my tools and lots of nails. I wanted to be able to go up there and finish the first section without having to stop. Well, I only got four shingles down before the air hose for my roofing-gun sprung a leak. Argh!!!.. off to Canadian Tire to get a replacement.

Sunday, October 12, 2008

First Dormer Finished

I was anxious to get one dormer done just so I could get an idea of what they were going to look like. This one is part of upstairs bathroom. The window is over the tub area.

I started by building the wing walls, then I put up the trusses, then I finished with the gable wall. The gable wall was built flat then tilted up into position.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Roof Trusses For Dormers

I'm continuing to work on the roof trusses this week. There will be four dormers in the house; two in front and two in the back. The trusses on either side of the dormers are doubled up, similar to the way the main roof girder is. They get nailed together with two rows of nails, six to eight inches apart. It's amazing how much sturdier the trusses are when you put two together. When a single truss is attached at the top and bottom only (i.e. before it's braced), you can flex it sideways a bit. However, when you've got two together they're really solid. And of course, once they are all braced together, they're pretty much immovable.

The short trusses at the top form the roof section above the dormer. This is the point at which the dormer roof meets the main roof.

Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall Colors

It's been raining for the past three days, but we had a half-day break today. These photos are looking east-northeast and east-southeast.

I did get some work done today too... installing roof trusses.

Sunday, October 5, 2008


I was heading down my driveway at the end of the day today when a black bear came bounding out of the trees on my right. He crossed in front of me and dissappeared down to my left. Right behind him a coyote came out of the trees in the same spot and took off down the driveway.

I had to laugh; it was like two kids who'd been caught doing something and then ran away in different directions.

Thursday, October 2, 2008

North Side Roof Sheathing

I've been working on the roof sheathing on the north side of the house. Now that I've put the doorways in the bedroom area, my winch platform has to be outside of the bedroom area (i.e. it won't fit through the door) so I've had to re-work my pulley system so that I can still hoist the plywood onto the roof. It's all good though, half the fun is figuring out ways to do the things I need to do.