Saturday, December 20, 2008

Parting Shot

That's probably it for this year. It's been fun. Happy Holidays all!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Short Roof Done

I've finished the framing and sheeting for the short roof over the kitchen. At least I won't have to shovel any more snow out of the kitchen. (Not a phrase you hear too often.)

Monday, December 15, 2008

Three Windows Installed

I've got the first three windows installed now. Aside from the mish-mash of bright colors... they look pretty good.

Friday, December 12, 2008

First Windows Installed

Well, I've finally started installing the windows. In past posts I had talked about problems with the primer I was using for the peel n' stick window flashing. I finally got some of the correct type for cold-weather work... and wow... what a difference. The new stuff is awesome! It's much thicker than the other type... about the consistency of liquid honey... and it sticks like crazy.


I simply painted it around the window opening, waited 30 minutes for it to "skin-over" (kind of like contact cement does) and then installed the window flashing.

Before the window gets installed, you run a thick bead of silicone caulking around the sides and top of the window opening. The bottom is left un-caulked to allow for drainage of any water that might seep in. (If you recall from a previous post, the bottom of the window opening is sloped outwards, again to help drain any water out.) Then the window is nailed into the opening with long roofing nails.

For the first window, I caulked around the opening and then lifted the window into place. It was a bit messy though, the silicone got all over my hands as I maneuvered the window around, so for the second window I came up with a better plan.

I first placed the window into the opening and shimmed it so that it was level and at the same height as the window beside it. Then I put a couple of nails in the bottom nailing flange, but I didn't drive them all the way in. Then I tilted the window outwards a few inches at the top; holding it in place with a piece of cable. This gave me space to work so I could run a bead of silicone around the sides and top (remember... I don't need to do the bottom).

Once the caulking was done, I just tilted the window back into place. I checked it for level one last time, then nailed it in place. With that done, I wiped off any silicone that had squeezed out the sides. It doesn't have to be pretty, because it just gets covered over with a final layer of flashing.

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Late Afternoon


This moon-lit photo looks like it was taken late at night, but it was actually taken about 4:45 in the afternoon.

Monday, December 8, 2008

Short Roof Progress

I've got the short roof over the kitchen almost completed. The rafters and gutter boards are all done and it's half sheeted. Once it's finished, I'll be able to use it as a platform to work on the dormer above it.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Short Roof Over Kitchen

I've started work on the short roof over part of the kitchen area. This roof will be constructed with standard 2x12 rafter-type construction; it doesn't require engineered trusses because of it's small size.

The lookoot rafters for the eaves have been cut out to fit over top of the end rafter. This provides for a solid, self-bracing structure. The main rafters have been cut out to fit over top of the sill plates (these cuts are called "birds mouth" cuts), and they've been tapered on the bottom for the eaves.

Monday, December 1, 2008

Window Installations Delayed

In my last post I talked about using a primer for the peel & stick flashing around the windows. Unfortunately I've been having problems with that... it's not working as well as I had expected.

Somewhere along the line I made a mistake, and the particular type I'm using is not the right stuff for cold-weather work. I do know what type I need now, but I haven't been able to find it locally, so I may have to get it ordered in. Shouldn't be a problem... just means a slight delay.