Day 1 of Cabin Roofing
We made it out to the land around 11:30, set up the tools and ate a quick lunch. I had already set the beam so we first braced the walls level and then got to work on the rafters.
|The results of a full day work, half the rafters set|
We managed to get most of them cut and about half installed. We plan on going back out tomorrow to place the remaining rafters and install the hurricane straps.
A coworker has some used plywood he is selling me real cheap. I will use that as the roof deck and as sheathing for the front of the cabin as we plan on siding it with rough sewn cedar. We decided to go with a metal roof as we plan to harvest rain water for irrigation for the berries.
We have to cut a 30 foot wide swath across the creek so we can have our electric brought in from the road. We are splitting the cost with our neighbors who plan on building their homes after moving up this spring.
After I get this roof finished I have to get the finishing touches done on our house so we can get it on the market.
We managed to make it thru the day without any major mishaps. We wrapped it up around four and started a bonfire to roast some marshmallows which is always a nice treat.
With luck the cabin roof will be ready for decking tomorrow afternoon.
We managed to get around fairly early and get back out to the land. We had to cut the remaining rafters prior to installing them. I had borrowed some proper step ladders from a co-worker, my old wooden 8 foot ladder just wasn't cutting it and if I continue its use an injury is sure to occur.
|See the cabin yet?|
The cabin sits near the middle of our property overlooking our berry farm site and backs up to the woods. Where it is sitting was actually all wooded and took quite a bit of work to clear.
You can see the cabin from the road as of now but when spring comes it will be nearly invisible due to the wood growth and foliage. We also plan on using natural colors for stain. The tree line in the front of this picture is actually a small stream.
|Installing another rafter|
The use of proper tools for the job is essential for safety and effective use of time, especially when only one or two people are working on a project.
We would actually use a tie down strap to secure the ladder whenever we were working at height to avoid a possible tip over to prevent injury.
|The result of a second full day of work|
|Fixing the power cord I cut into two|
|Wish my arms were a little longer.|
It would have been ideal to have two people with nail guns, one securing from the top and the other from the bottom edge but we didn't have the luxury as we only have one set of guns. I might mention that I purchased the guns from Amazon several years ago as a package kit. It came with a compressor, finish gun, staple gun, and a brad gun. The framing gun was purchased at the same time but is another brand. When I first used the framing gun I had problems with it jamming. It had set in my shop for over a year with me thinking I had a defective gun. Come to find out I had purchased nails for the wrong brand of gun and they were not the proper angle thus causing the gun to jam. Once I figured out my mistake I have not had any problems with it.
We began working as soon as we had finished lunch. We are under a time crunch as I have one more day I can work on the cabin this week and the day after that they are forecasting a 100% chance of rain with the possibility of severe weather.
We worked until dark and managed to get one side of the roof sheathed and half the other side.
We have a problem with cell phone reception at our land. Depending on which part you are on decides if you have service or not. I had service on top of the roof but that does me no good on the ground.
We had to stop at the lumber yard for underlayment. I wanted a synthetic self sealing type but had to settle for 30# roofing felt.
There are many different methods for securing roofing felt. Some use roofing nails, some use staples, and there are also nails with a round plastic disc around the top of the nail head which helps to keep the felt from ripping in the wind.
Whichever method you use, try to secure the felt in a W pattern.
Just about done securing the roofing felt. I literally finished by headlight. When I started the day I had the mistaken belief that I would be able to get the felt installed and the front and gable ends of the cabin sheathed.
I only managed to get the felt on. We covered the flooring with a tarp to keep it dry because tomorrow the rain is coming!
Finishing up, I put in some extra nails just to make sure the felt is still on the roof when I get back out there to work again.
I have to work a 24 hour shift tomorrow and planned on taking the next day easy and then finish framing in the window and door on the front and installing the remaining sheathing on my next day off.
If the past has been any indication I will not complete everything I have planned for my next work day at the cabin.
I have been intrigued by the idea of solar chimneys. For those who do not know they act as a heat escape in the summer. Take a look at an old barn, notice almost all had cupolas? They weren't there for looks but to actually used to ventilate the barn.
My idea is to build a 6X6 tower on one end of the cabin over the area with the loft. If you look at the picture to the right it would be in this area. It would rise about 6 feet above the peak of the roof and have windows on all sides. I will build a ladder from the loft to access it and across from the ladder will be a padded "couch" to lie on and read. It will be surrounded by book shelves. In the summer the windows can be opened in the tower and on the main floor and the cabin will be cooled by the heat rising into the tower and going out the window with fresh air coming in from the window in the bottom of the cabin. It will be an experiment to see if it would be feasible and worth incorporating into our house when we start building it.
The Next Day......
The storm front moved in later than was forecasted but we did get plenty of rain. I hope to find all the roofing felt still on the roof and the floor dry when I get back out there....