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Update on the roof

Well, its been a long time coming but the roof is almost finished.  The field tiles are laid on the front, back and dormers.  The rake trim detail got worked out and all but one rake are complete.  The answer for the rake was to put a heavy gauge aluminum flashing on all the rakes and then use barrel tiles to overlap the tile as it reaches the edge of the roof.  Due to vagaries in the squareness of the roof, tiles meeting the edge have to be trimmed to different widths.  This is covered nicely with the barrels since they can be overlaid over a barrel or valley and hide the variation.  The flashing just makes it look very clean.  Here are some picts:

 

The roof is well underway!

I woke up one day and there were roofers galore!  My own special expert, Tom, that they brought out of retirement just for my roof was there with a whole crew and they have been working hard ever since.  Last post you saw the firs tiles set.  Now almost half of the back roof is tiled including half of the rear dormer.  The colors of the tile are perfect.

The tiles are marching up the roof

The tiles are marching up the roof

The dormer looks great.  Notice the edge trim. I like it better than the traditional barrel tiles.

The dormer looks great. Notice the edge trim. I like it better than the traditional barrel tiles.

Complete with bird stop

Complete with bird stop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A busy day around the Manor

Well today was a busy day on many levels.  All three trades, carpentry, roofing and masonry were working hard even thought there was a slight mist.  The first roof tile was set:

Tom sets the first roof tiles!

Tom sets the first roof tiles!

This is because the carpenters are talking to the roofer and they finally got enough repairs completed so the roofer could get started.  The carpenters are about 95% complete with the repairs.  They still have to put on the soffits and wrap the facia with PVC lumber but that is another day, week or month.  Who knows??

 

The masons make holes and fill them up on the north wall.  Mysteries abound.  It seems that in the distant past there was a window.  We know it was a window because there was a partial bonding beam with rebar that was over the window.  Then there was a problem or an alteration.  The hole on the right side of where the window used to be was tall enough to make a door.  However, it would have been a very narrow door and it would have been very high up on the side of the house and off of a landing on the stairs to the second floor.  My theory, and there is no one to dispute it, there was damage to the window, possibly a hurricane in ’35.  Maybe a tree went through the window and damaged the wall above.  At any rate there was a hole in the wall.  Then came the repair.  A very poor repair, although, it lasted over 30 years.  They pulled out the rubble and framed the hole with 2x4s.  Then they covered the hole with tar paper.  That’s right, just tar paper, no sheathing.  Then they nailed up old fashioned expanded metal lath.  The kind with formed metal cross members about 2″ apart.  It is pretty stiff stuff.  Then then layered on about 2 inches of stucco to close the hole.  It was pretty solid and hard but it was cracked all around the perimeter of the hole.  It had to come out!  Oh yes, the masons continue to put everyone else to shame.  They work like crazy and the progress is rapid.  Not only did they repair the hole, they also put up vapor barrier and concrete board over the framed part of the north wall, blocked up the small window in the shack over the basement stairs and replaced two windows with block on the mud room in the back.  These guys really know how to work!

The start of uncovering the hole.

The start of uncovering the hole.

 

 

 

 

 

A glimpse into the past

A glimpse into the past

A large section came off in one piece!

A large section came off in one piece!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

then the repair.  The right way!

 

 

 

 

 

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Julio fills the hole with CMUs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The finished repair before stucco

The finished repair before stucco

 

 

 

 

 

Another little project for me

With all the carpentry being done to restructure major parts of the roof, I have been a little jealous.  So I decided to take on a small weekend project.  This house has a basement!  I KNOW!  It makes no sense to have a basement when the floor of the basement is exactly 1.6 feet above sea level and the house is less than 200 yards from the ocean!  WHAT were they thinking?  Actually it has been nice to have a basement except the two times a year it floods.  Eventually I plan to fill it in and make a crawl space but until then it is easy to redo plumbing and electrical when you can just walk around under the first floor.

Anyway, back in olden times, the outdoor steps to the basement were covered with those old metal doors at a 45 degree angle.  Then in the not so recent past, someone built a cinderblock enclosure over the stairs with a door about 4 feet tall.  And you guessed it, it has a little roof over it that needed total replacement.  It was never installed and flashed properly so most of the roof boards were deteriorated and it leaked water on the stairs in any kind of a rain storm.   Now I am sorry, but I keep forgetting to take “before” pictures so you will have to use your imagination.  The whole shed, thats what I call it, is about 5 feet wide, 69 inches deep and 61 ” tall.  There was a 1 x 6 header on the wall next to the stairs and the other wall was build of 5 3/4 cinderblock.  No Joists!  The 1 x 4 roof boards bridged the gap and were all there was to hold up the 100 lb / sq ft roof tiles we are going to put on it.  Plus I wanted to make it a little taller than it was.  So saturday morning I demolished the old roof.  It took about 20 minutes.

The next challenge was that the short wall has a distinct bow.  It was not build straight.  It is out in the middle by about 1 1/2 inches.  The two tall house walls are straight and the angle at the corner is pretty close to square.  This drove me to build the roof framing on the ground square and straight and then move it into place.  That sounds so much easier than it really was!

I built it out of 2×6 treated lumber.  This stuff is impervious to water damage and rot.  It is designed to be in contact with the ground and we all know how nasty dirt is!  It is also very heavy!  So you can’t just pick up a five foot by five foot structure with ledger, plate and 6 joists on 16 inch centers and hold it in place while you drill holes in the concrete block wall for the anchor bolts.  I could barely pick the thing up 6 inches.

What I did was put up some temporary ledgers boards and some boards from the ledgers to the top of the short wall.  Then I stacked up two cinderblocks at the corners where the door goes.  Then I lifted one corner of the structure at a time to the cinderblocks so that the center of the long side was above the wall and ledgers.  Then it was relatively easy to pick up the bottom and pivot the roof structure into place.  Once up on the temporary supports, I set a few braces to hold it in place.  I drilled the holes and bolted the ledger board to the house wall and then removed the temporary supports and braces.  Then I installed the sheathing and called it a day.  The next step is to frame and finish the door and soffits of my little miniature roof.  Here are the obligatory picts….

So it’s happy hour and still raining!

I am having happy hour with myself this evening and I figured it was a good time to get a few posts in on the house.  The rain has been a deluge and, due to many factors, I have roof leaks.  Every hour when it is raining I have to empty a container under a particularly prolific leak that is difficult to get to.  A real pain in the A–!  The membrane covering the roof until the tile is installed has been perforated and repaired (poorly) on several occasions due to various trades like carpenters, roofers and masons making unfortunate but mostly understandable mistakes.  Be advised that when a nail or screw is driven through the ice and water shield membrane you had better never remove it.  Unless the remover is particularly anal about caulking the holes left by removal, you WILL have a leak!  The good news is that the roof is not installed yet and we have had a water test of sufficient magnitude to reveal all possible leaks.  I have been very persistent in documenting all of these leaks and I am sure that my roofer will replace the membrane in these areas to solve the problem.  If a roofer tells you that some calk on the uphill side of a batten nailed to the roof will stop the leak, don’t believe it.

 

So what has happened lately you ask?

Well, before this past weekend the masons finished up the south side of the house and it looks awesome!

It went from this:

SBC on south side

SBC on south side 

……To this…….

South Side SBC complete

South Side SBC complete

You really have to feel this stuff to appreciate it.  It is really solid and pretty in the light.

Anyway it is great to have the dog run back in business.

 

The work is underway again

Ok, I have finally gotten back to keeping up this blog.  A few projects have intervened along the way.  The chimney has been rebuilt.  I will have a page up on that project soon.  Right now there are two projects underway at the same time.  I have just finished the Roofing Project page here.  This project started last month and is ongoing.  More to come on that.  At the same time, the Stucco project is underway but I have not finished the project page yet.  Stay tuned for more to come……