Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Another 1/2" of rain overnight, which brings the total to 4 1/2" since Dan and Abraham left 2 1/2 weeks ago. Ed started up again to see what he could get done in the morning, as we were expecting company. Ed's brother Paul and his wife Cecilia, whom we hadn't seen for two years, were scheduled to arrive Monday, and Ed wanted to get some work done before they got here. He was working on fitting the plywood radius (radiui ..radiuses?) for the eyebrow dormer. Cut and fit, cut and fit, cut and fit.
Finally family arrived, and after Ed came down from the roof and the dog stopped barking, we went inside to visit. Ed was pretty good about first things first, but it didn't take him long to convince Paul that he would just love to climb up on a really high roof and help Ed build stuff. Yeah! You'll never see that on a vacation brochure! There was a lot of joking and laughing and male bonding going on up there. Both Paul and Ed seemed a lot happier up there working like donkeys than sitting around talking on the porch. Go figure.
Tuesday they were back at it bright and early, and managed to get 8 sheets of plywood up on the roof. Having Paul here to work with Ed really underscored how much easier and faster things would be if Ed had another carpenter here to help him. Things just went so much smoother, and safer, than with Ed working by himself. Next time Paul and Cecilia come to visit, maybe Paul will bring his toolbelt and a framing hammer!
During the day a roofing company came by to give us a bid on the shingles. Another company will be coming by Wednesday. It will be such a relief to get the roof on this beast. Wednesday morning everything was wet again. Ed went back to his "real" job and Paul and Cecilia, went to have a "real" vacation. Thanks again, Paul for the help, and Cecilia for keeping me company.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Monday he finished the plywood up to the ridge. After thinking for it a bit, he decided to put the plywood to the walls between the side roof and the eyebrow dormer, because getting that plywood cut to fit and installed AFTER the roof is on would be darned difficult!
Tuesday was a lot of hard work for stuff that doesn't photograph well. He finished all the blocking from roof to dormer, and all the vent blocking. Then, bless him, he quit two hours sooner than he would have liked to do a project I had asked him to do before he went back to the "real" job. By the time that was done it was time to pack and say goodbye to a week's worth of vacation time. Some vacation. Bruises, blisters, bee stings! Ed says he has to go back to work to rest up!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Three Constructioneers
Thursday it was The Dan and Ed Show. They put joist hangers and tie downs on the front soffit. Then they put up fascia boards and plywood. Those joist hangers take a gazillion nails!
After the workday on Thursday, Elicia asked Dan what she could do to help, so he told her if she would like to go topside, she could pick up the extra nails and water bottles, and help clean up. Yeah! that sounds like fun (?!) The next thing we know, she has her "construction" outfit on. Gloves, hat, toolbelt, buckskin boots. She's ready! So, very carefully supervised, up she went to do her part.
Friday and Saturday were spent working on the fascia boards on the ends. Very Scary Stuff. And to make things interesting, it started raining Friday night, and then again mid-morning on Saturday. By 1300 the guys came down from the roof. Dan and Ellen fly back to the Bay Area this afternoon. Elicia will stay another week.
What a week this has been. A lot of fun, a dicy moment or two (at least for those of us on the ground), a lot of very hard work, and an enormous amount of work done.
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
Dan and Abraham are both in the construction trade, so we wanted them to be here when the trusses arrive on Monday morning. We were hoping the trusses would be here bright and early to give them all day to work on them, since Abraham has to fly home Wednesday and we want to squeeze every ounce of work out of him we can get! Poor guy doesn't know what he's in for.
So like the Earp brothers (Wyatt, Morgan, and Virgil) they head out to the OK Corral to scope it out. (Doc Holliday shows up Monday)The guys went topside to check out the catwalk, and after they stopped snickering into their sleeves, they told Ed they wanted to do a little reinforcing. Ed mumbled something about never expecting an ox on scaffolding, but he got his hammer anyway. If girls ribbed each other like guys do, somebody would be crying.
Here's something I didn't know. If you want your scaffolding to be strongest, you don't put the nails in straight, you angle them down. It makes sense when you think about it..I just never thought about it. And of course if you just took the nailbags and boots and weighed them, they're probably ..I dunno..30 lbs? Danny and Abraham are still growing boys, and I don't send them out with empty stomachs, so yeah, a few extra nails and braces in the scaffolding is probably a good idea. And you should see those guys! They scamper around on that scaffolding like squirrels in an oak tree.
Sunday evening, after a little liquid refreshment, we had dinner. Elicia was in charge of setting the table (everyone works!) BBQ roasted prime rib, baked potatoes topped with everything, fresh asparagus, and birthday cake and ice cream. Another bow to the catwalk.
Monday morning at 0630 I said to Ed.."Think we ought to get up in case the trusses get here early?"
"Nah, " he replies, "I'd be surprised if they get here before 0800."
"Well, I think I hear a truck coming up the road.."
"Probably a logging truck." he says.
About then we hear gravel crunching in the driveway, so we jump up and start throwing clothes on. Sure enough! The trusses have landed!