Monday, October 1, 2012
The new month began as the old one
ended, on the roof removing old boards and cleaning up the mess. Before
going to my afternoon class I actually reached the point of cutting
some new boards to install. After class I worked on that some more,
then put the plastic sheeting and tarps in place just in case the
twenty percent chance of rain might lead to some falling moisture. No
class tomorrow, so it will be a full day on the roof.
Tuesday, October 2, 2012
7:15 AM, as soon as there was enough daylight to see what I was doing,
I was on the roof project. Except for a half hour off for a trip to
town to buy celery, I spent the whole day on the roof. Most of the work
was removing old boards, and a little adding of new ones.
October 3, 2012
You know what I did today. Except
for three hours to go to class, I was
on the roof all day. Today demonstrated that building is slower than
taking things apart. More tomorrow.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
I never went off the place today.
Except for a few minutes to check the weather forecast, I worked on the
roof from 7:30 to 5:00. There
was a 20% chance of rain in the forecast, so I did put up the plastic
sheeting and tarps. If I hadn't done that, it would have turned the 20%
chance to 80%.
grandfather died before I was born, but I wish I could bring him
back and ask him the reason for this carriage bolt I found in one of
the old studs.
Friday, October 5, 2012
The morning was dark and on the edge
of rain. In fact, a few drops fell. So I left the tarps and plastic in
place and worked inside, taking down sheetrock and the old wood lath
it at the south end of the southeast bedroom. When I got home from my
afternoon class I spent the rest of the day taking more old boards off
the roof and putting up new rafters. The evening brought
a chill, so I had the first fire of the season. I put a little wood in
the fireplace to keep it going, and sat in front of the fire burning
old newspapers back to the middle of August. October normally is
pretty mild, so I expect I won't need a real fire with lots of wood for
a few weeks yet.
Saturday, October 6, 2012
In the wee hours of the morning I was awakened by the sound of rain,
and I didn't have the tarps in place. Fortunately it was just a light
sprinkle and didn't make a mess inside. After doing laundry my main
activity of the day was building lower eaves at the east end of the
roof. This was a design-as-you-go job, so fitting and cutting the
pieces was slow going.
This evening I dined on delicious carnitas at La Fiesta, then went to
Tim Burton has taken some heat from folks who were disappointed in his
recent movies, but this one was good fun. You know where it's going,
but getting there is an entertaining trip. A couple of the gags had me
laughing out loud.
|Sunday, October 7, 2012
On a chilly morning I took my
time getting started. I bundled up in full winter garb to do my web
surfing, and didn't go up to work on the roof until about ten. By March
40º will feel pretty mild. But this time of year, after broiling
through high summer, it feels cold. Once I was on the roof, though, it
didn't take long to warm up. Except for a trip to town to buy a couple
of tubes of silicone caulk and some celery, I spent the rest of the day
finishing the eaves I was working on yesterday, and nailing boards on
the wall and the roof.
Monday, October 8, 2012
Before and after my afternoon class,
it was another day of roof work. I finished putting new boards on the
lower roof and the wall under it, and took a few more old boards off
the upper roof.
October 9, 2012
7:20 AM, 45º. As soon as there
was enough daylight to see what I was
doing, I was up on the roof removing tarps. A little before nine I had
to shed my coat. That's also when I took off the last of the old
sheeting boards. With those out of the way, I started putting in new
rafters. The first one took an hour and forty minutes. I learned on
that one and the second took only an hour. The third was a little
tougher because knotty old wood had me bending a lot of nails and
having to pull them out and start over. I was about to finish that
rafter when I took a wrong step and slipped, and took a fall about
seven feet down into the room below. I landed on a plastic dust pan and
smashed the poor thing to bits. After that I wasted almost an hour
passing out a few times from shock, washing and bandaging three gashed
fingers, and gathering what's left of my wits about me. After
recovering I went back to work and got the next two rafters installed
in just an hour. At the end of the day I had all of them done but two.
I should get those done in the morning, then I'll make shims to lay on
top of some of the rafters. Very few things are level or even in this
old house, so the rafters will need to have shims on them to provide an
even support for the boards that will lie across them.
The scene of the fall.
October 10, 2012
I got a slightly later start this morning, a little before eight, and
had the last of the new rafters in place by ten. I started making shims
to even all the tops, and did more after my afternoon class. All the
measuring and cutting and planing makes it slow work, so there's plenty
more to do tomorrow.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
I started the day with measuring cutting, and installing shims, and put
the last one in place about 1:40 PM. Then I started nailing the new
boards on. I had the first two rows in place about 3:40. Then it was
time to cover up. With a 50% chance of rain in the forecast, I needed
to get the plastic sheeting and the tarps in place. Unfortunately,
there was a pretty stong wind from the south, which made the job take
three or four times as long as it should have. I finally got it all
buttoned up a little before 5:30. Naturally, the wind died down after I
had nearly finished fighting the tarps into place. I just hope the
tarps aren't too
damaged from being wind whipped to keep the rain out.
Friday, October 12, 2012
It's a good thing I got those tarps up. A good soaking rain started
in the wee hours of the morning and kept up with occasional breaks for
several hours. Lying in bed I felt an occasional little drop hit my
face, and I was afraid there was a leak. It turned out that a few drops
were coming in through a partially open window.
I spent the wet morning paying bills and, after the rain quit, walking
to town to get the Camry which I left Wednesday for service. In the
afternoon I went to my machine shop class, then did some shopping.
Saturday, October 13, 2012
On another wet day I went to an auction in town. Fortunately the rain
was only an occasional sprinkle and conditions weren't too miserable.
My big purchase of the day was a heavy duty scale and weights for $35.
The rest of the haul consisted of a 1/4" socket set for $4, a 3/8"
socket set for $4, a shop vac for $5, several cans of nails for $5, and
a pair of car ramps for $1. This evening I went to Winfield for dinner
at the Mongolian grill, and found that the place has gone belly up and
the building's for sale. I think that's because of the location on the
east side of town. All three restaurants in that building have failed.
With the Mongolian grill crossed off my dining list, I tried a Chinese
place on Main Street and found it pretty good.
Sunday, October 14, 2012
All threat of rain was gone, and I untarped the roof and nailed on
boards. About one I drove to Winfield for an auction because an old
iron bed was advertised. It turned out that the bed was a
pretty plain affair, and somebody else was willing to pay more for it
than I was, so I came home and nailed on more boards. I ended the day
with about half that part of the job done. I'll put on some more boards
tomorrow, then start building the upper eaves. Those may take a few
Monday, October 15, 2012
At sunup, a little after 7:30 AM, I started cutting and nailing on more
boards. By 11:30 I had all the boards on the upper roof that I'm
going to do now, and I moved on to building eaves. My afternoon
machine shop class reached its mid-point and had a short session, so I
had more time to work on the roof. By five I had most of the upper
eaves cut and nailed on. I should be able to finish them tomorrow.
Here's a video showing some of
today's work: ROOF PROJECT
October 16, 2012
Again I was started at the crack
of dawn, about 7:25, and finished installing the upper eaves. Next came
cutting and nailing on boards. Except for an afternoon trip to town to
buy more lumber, I kept at it until five and got most of it done. I'll
nail on the last boards in the morning, then move on to the next part
of the project.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Another crack-of-dawn start led to all the new boards being nailed on
the upper roof, then I started on scaffolds. There's already one on the
west side of the house. Today I made a shorter one to sit on top of it
so I'll be high enough to work on the overhang. Tomorrow I'll but that
extension in place, then make a scaffold for the east end.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
I wouldn't hate cold weather so much if it didn't turn my nose into a
snot fountain. When I started on the roof this morning it wasn't all
that cold, about 48º, but it was enough to keep me wiping every few
minutes. Eventually it warmed up and I dried out a little. I finished
the west scaffold and put it in place, then built the east
one. I had both of them in place by two in the afternoon, then started
on finishing the west overhang. By 4:45 the wind was blowing to beat
the band and the temperature was getting low enough to bring on the
runny nose, so I quit for the day. I noticed a lot of dust in the air
today, but it wasn't bad here. A few miles away it was a different
story. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol closed I-35 between Blackwell and
Tonkawa after blowing dust caused a twenty-car pileup.
Friday, October 19, 2012
I took the day off from school and drove to Kansas City for a beautiful
evening. Vicente Fernandez
is retiring from touring, and this was one of his last concerts. The
old man is going out at the top of his game. He still has a great set
of pipes and knows how to use them. At the sight of him, before he even
opened his mouth, the thousands of people in the arena were on their
feet cheering. Everybody knows the songs, and at the first few notes of
each one the orchestra played another cheer went up. All evening there
was cheering, chanting (Chente! Chente! Chente! Chente! Chente!),
singing along, and a lot of tears, both on stage and in the audience.
When he sang El Hombre Que Mas Te Amó
there wasn't a dry eye in the place. It was an expensive concert, and
I'm glad I spent the dough. When I went to see Count Basie I felt great
for days afterward, and going to a Vicente Fernandez concert affects me
that way too.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
On the way home from last night's concert this morning I stopped at the
Big Tool Store in Derby and picked up some items for my machine shop
class that aren't sold here. My roof work of the day was on the upper
roof's west overhang. I should be able to finish that tomorrow, then
I'll get started on the east end.
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Mission accomplished, eventually. It took longer than it should have,
because I had trouble making some parts fit together, but I finished
all the overhang on the west end of the roof and got started on the
east end. Now that I've done the west end, maybe the east end will be
easier. I won't finish tomorrow, because having missed class on Friday
I'll be going to both the morning and afternoon sessions.
Monday, October 22, 2012
As planned, I spent all day in school, except that the afternoon
session ended a half hour early because the teacher had to go to a
meeting. So I did have some time to get a little bit of roof work done.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Another early start found me on the roof at 7:30, a little before
sunrise. I worked on the east overhang until I nailed the last board on
that job at 12:30. After a break for a trip to town for lumber and
groceries, I spent the rest of the day on the upper eaves. Once that
part of the job is done, I can start putting on waferboard and roofing,
but it may take a few days to get to that point. This current job has a
lot of small parts to cut and fit. The strong wind blowing up to thirty
miles an hour doesn't help.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Before going to my afternoon class I finished the east end of the upper
eaves. After class I worked on the west end and fretted about the
weather. The wind has been blowing like crazy for a couple of days,
which makes me reluctant to try putting up the plastic and tarps.
Meanwhile the forecast shows a 30% chance of rain overnight. That means
a 70% chance of no rain of course, but the 30% is enough to cause a
little rain anxiety.
Thursday, October 25, 2012
For several days a strong wind from the south brought highs in the
eighties. This morning a little after six a front came through,
sprinkling a few drops and bringing a northwest wind that dropped the
temperature from 74º at five to 45º by eight. The cooler and cloudy day
brought a welcome relief from the wind as I worked on the upper eaves.
It was slow work, with a lot of measuring, cutting, and fitting, and
even some sawing by hand where an electric saw couldn't reach. I should
finish the eaves tomorrow and start installing waferboard, and I
expect I'll be putting on shingles within a few days.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Today I finished the upper eaves,
driving the last nail about 4:30. Doing the same job on a new house
probably would have taken about half the time. With nothing quite
even, square, or level here, there's a lot of special fitting and
cutting, and sometimes removing a board for even more fitting and
cutting. I quit a little early today to bring in firewood. We're
getting overnight lows in the low thirties now, with a descent into the
twenties predicted for tomorrow night.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
This was laundry day. On the way home from the laundry I saw an auction
sign, so I went to check it out. At first I didn't see much
of interest, but looking through the stuff on one of the trailers I
noticed a couple of items that made me stay. I ended up spending $1 for
a huge comforter (king size I think), three boxes of
miscellaneous stuff for $1.50 (I wanted the box of brass air fittings
in it), a box of switch plates (I wanted the brass one) for $1,
and a box of respirators for spray painting for 50¢. When I got home I
put the comforter on my bed, along with an extra electric blanket on
top of the one that was already there. During the current renovation my
bedroom is partially open to the outside, so it's almost the same as
sleeping outdoors. If the extra electric blanket works, fine. If it
doesn't, at least it's an extra blanket. Right now the number one
priority is getting the new roof finished before the good weather goes
south. I'll close in the south wall after I get the roof
Monday, October 29, 2012
|Sunday, October 28, 2012
Adding the comforter and the extra electric blanket did the trick. It
was 44º in the room when I went to bed, but it was so warm in bed that
I had to turn down the controls a couple of notches. On a lazy Sunday
morning I didn't get up until nine, then spent the rest of the morning
playing at the computer. About noon I went to work putting wafer
on the roof, and by five I had finished the lower roof and started on
the upper. I should finish that tomorrow or Tuesday, then it will be
time to put on the metal edging, the tar paper, and the shingles.
shingles are slow work, but I hope to have them at least mostly done this week. The ten day
forecast shows a thirty percent chance of rain next weekend. If I can
beat that, I'll be delighted. Once the roof is done, I'll put some
siding on the front wall and then nail on the plastic sheeting and take
care of some chores that have been waiting while I worked on the roof.
It was a chilly start, 36º when I got
to work on the roof a little before eight. By the time I left for my
afternoon class just before noon I was working without a coat. Even
with three hours off for class, I got most of the wafer board screwed
on. I'll finish that in the morning, then I can put on the metal edging
and start on the roofing.
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
A few minutes after eight I
on the roof. I continued measuring, cutting, and installing wafer
board, and drove the last screw in the last piece at 12:50. After a
break I got my big grinder and smoothed off some sharp edges. I ended
the day with a trip to town to buy groceries and a roll of aluminum
flashing. Tomorrow I start putting on the metal parts. These views of the southeast bedroom and my room show
why I need to get the roofing on and finish the wall before a real
rainstorm with a strong wind from the south comes along. Here's today's video: Roof Project 10-30-12.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
When I bought wafer board for the roof I stacked it in the garage in
front of the wood pile. Now that I've finished that part of the roof
project and used all I'm going to use, my first job today was moving
the three left over 4' x 8' sheets from the east side of the garage, in front
of the wood pile, to the west side. With those out of the way now I can
get wood or stack more. The ten day forecast looks good, but someday
soon I'll be bringing in and using more firewood. Today's roof work was installing aluminum flashing along the peak of the upper roof. Here's a short video: Roof Project 10-31-12.