Saturday, November 29, 2008

Getting Ready To Install The Windows

I've started preparing to install the windows in the dining room. Before the windows can be installed, the window openings must be flashed (i.e. protected from water). Most windows today are flashed with a peel & stick membrane. The type I've chosen to use is called Blueskin.

At the bottom of the window opening I'm creating a sill pan. A sill pan is designed to catch any water that might somehow leak into the window opening after the window has been installed, and direct that water to the outside of the house. The base of the sill pan is made from a piece of bevelled cedar siding that gets nailed to the bottom of the window opening so that the slope runs towards the outside of the wall.

Once the sill pan is in place, its ready for the flashing. Although the Blueskin has a sticky backing, it will adhere better to a primed surface, particulary in colder weather. I've primed the bottom of the window opening and the first few inches of the outside of the ICF with Blueskin primer that's made specifically for use in cold weather.

Once the primer has dried, the flashing is applied on top of the sill pan and up the sides of the window opening, as well as over the front edge and down the front of the wall.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Lookout Rafters & Truss Bracing

I've been installing the lookout rafters on the west end of the house. By extending the inside end of the lookout rafters across several trusses, this provides for the truss bracing requirements at the same time.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Roofing Update

Well, the snow has arrived but I'm still plugging away at the roof, making minor progress here and there. Today I started installing some more of the short trusses that go above the dormers.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Windows Delivered

My windows were delivered today. They're a mid-priced line of vinyl windows manufactured by CWD in Calgary. I looked at a few different brands, but these ones seemed to be a good value for the money.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Minor Roofing Progress

I've been building the lookout rafters on the big west gable wall. At the same time I'm adding the truss bracing as I work my way up to the peak. It's been a very wet week, but the tarps are keeping most (but not all) of the water out.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Big Blue Roof

I can't get the roof sheathing up fast enough to beat the weather, so I've tarped over most of the roof to keep the rain and snow out for the time being. So far it's working pretty well.