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Building w.s. – Tar-shingles Episode 399

May 13, 2018

Another long weekend, a summer-sunny one, and perfect progress being made on the workshop roof. See for yourself:

And because the weather was so great (and my legs got eventually tired from climbing up the roof and down the ladder) I also spend some time painting the logs on the side walls. One can hardly recognise the difference between the massive logs (the first 3 meters) and the log-style paneling (the remaining 2.5 meters).


Building w.s. – Tar-shingels Episode 298

May 1, 2018

May 1, Labour-Day, Means Labour at the Roof…

I continued to attach the roof shingles this long weekend.

It’s a slow project to attach these roof shingles. Each of them is attached with 4 nails and each of them gives you only some 15 cm of progress. Because of the dormer windows the progress is even slower. Almost every second roof shingle needs to be cut to measure. And because of the steep angle of the roof, one needs to invent a way to stand “somehow” safely while working on heights one cannot reach with the ladder anymore.

I attached the roof shingles below the dormer windows already last year. Therefore, I couldn’t attach a temporary support beam there. Which again meant that I had to walk up the ladder like a million times and move it three times for each row. Kind of annoying. I wish I would have a mobile platform where to work from. Well, it’s good exercise. Other people pay a lot of money to climb fake stairs on a step- master up in a gym.

My safety harness is attached to a rope running over the entire roof. I couldn’t think of any better way where to attach it then actually to the trailer hook of my car. My 86 kg won’t lift the 2 tons of that car but the resulting image still reminds me of this funny home video clips you see sometimes on TV when everything is going wrong…

Well, I didn’t get quite as much done than I had hope for. It was raining on 2 out 4 days. But then again I really need the breaks to rest my tired legs. The next long weekend is coming up soon…

Building w.s. – sides of the dormer windows

April 15, 2018

There is still snow on the roof of the workshop building and the melting water freezes over in the night with temperatures below zero degrees. But with the front of all dormer windows being ready (minus a few strokes of paint), I started building the sides of the dormer windows.

The first step is to attach spacer boards. By design, these spacer boards allow the air to circulate behind the wooden paneling. In reality, the entire dormer structure is so tight and complex that I doubt much air will circulate anywhere, but…I will follow the building instructions of the manufacturer, just in case.

Up next are the log-style panels from bottom to top. Each panel being a unique piece cut at least on two sides, the final rows even 3 times. Quite a jigsaw puzzle I must say.

On top of the panels comes a triangular list whose sole purpose is to curve the underlay and later the roof shingles up keeping the water (and in the winter the snow) away from the wood.

The second to last step is attaching a slim piece of underlay. This step would not be necessary if I would have built the workshop roof by the book, but since I didn’t have the time to do all these things before the first winter came I had to make compromises.

The last step is to attach a covering board for an even finish of the corner.

Then: Repeat the same procedure 11 times. The first side took me some 3 hours. Now after 6 of them I can do it in almost half that time. To be continued…

Building w.s. – 3 dormer windows

February 4, 2018

True winter in Southern Finland! It was snowing 20 to 25 cm from Thursday to Saturday. I decided to take a day off from my office job and work on the dormer windows.

The beauty of working with wood is that one can work almost in any temperature. As long the compressor runs to power the pneumatic nail gun and as long the saws are co-operating, there are no limits to the creativity of the builder.

Even that I had the scaffolding available I decided to work from the inside. After attaching the windows and filling the gaps with polyurethane (the winter edition), I built the supporting structure for the wind proofing boards.

The view from the windows is nice but unfortunately one will not be able to enjoy it often because there isn’t any floor on that level of the workshop building.

I built one dormer window already at a previous weekend. On this extended weekend I built another 2 dormer windows. I planned to continue on Sunday, but the temperatures dropped from -8 degrees on Saturday to -18 degrees. And that is simply too much for me. I anyway can’t work yet on the sides of the dormer windows because there is a bit too much snow around, but it would have been nice to start with the three dormer windows on the other side of the building.

Meanwhile, winter is settling over Villa Linnea blanketing everything in fresh snow…

Building w.s. – Sun from the South

December 31, 2017

The Southside of the workshop its two windows for more light into the building. With the North recently completed I took on the challenge of paneling the Southside during the Xmas break and New Year.

The frame structure was naturally already such that I could insert the windows once the paneling was completed.

I assumed that the paneling of the Southside would be slightly more complicated than on the Northside because of the windows. But because I didn’t need to cut the boards to exact measure it was actually a bit faster to do. The cutting of the wind proofing board and the log-style panels along the window opening turned out to be destructive in regards to the sabre-saw. I was reminded that cutting with a blade designed for wood one shouldn’t cut through metal. When I cut through one nail which I accidentally placed too close to the window frame I ruined the blade. And being a bit remote in the countryside buying a replacement blade for my Bosch sabre-saw was a bit inconvenient. I continued with the blade designed for cutting through metal which is a bit shorter than the one designed for wood. Because that one is shorter I managed to hit the frame with the front of the blade which ruined that one as well. Well, the rest I cut with good old manual power.

Once the windows were attached (which takes a mere 30 minutes) I required pretty much a whole day to cut the covering boards and the window tin. For the polyurethane I used the winter version which works until -5 degrees. The ready wall completes another phase of the workshop building project.

Building w.s. – Log-style paneling

November 26, 2017

On a rainy November day, nothing is nicer than nailing panels 5 meters above the ground. Well, this weekend I finally finished the paneling of the first side of the workshop. The log-style panels (175×20 mm) are nailed onto the vertical spacer boards that allow the air to flow between the panels.

The first panel is the most difficult one because it should first snugly on top of the last log creating (at least theoretically) the impression of one massive log wall. I cut those boards 4 times before I was about happy with the fit (I will still try to improve on the other side of the building).

I chose to nail these panels with twisted nails that are about 45 mm long. The “twist” should prevent that they loose over time while the nails itself are not that thick. I hammered the nails flush with the surface of the panels and from below you can’t really recognise them.

It took a total of three days to do the paneling of one side (well, I’ve gotten lazy because of the weather). But cutting each panel to size at the slope of the roof does not exactly promise quick progress.

I was satisfied to see the final result:

While one can recognise clearly the difference between logs and the panels that is mostly due to the fact that the panels are already painted once while the logs aren’t yet. I painted panels in the last days of the autumn, one by one. Painting the panels once attached has the risk of revealing unpainted areas once the panels dry and therefore shrink.

Another side closed off…

Building w.s. – Drive-Through Ceiling

October 15, 2017

Last weekend was dedicated to attaching the ceiling boards under the drive-trough.

This time we ordered pre-painted boards. For the Villa we ordered regular boards (95×20 mm) and painting turned out to be a major pain in ar?e. Until today, there are still places of the Villa’s terrace where we have painted the ceiling boards because painting over the head is cumbersome and with sawn boards slow compared to planed boards.

The job of attaching the ceiling boards is again one of those where one would need that magic third hand. One hand holds the board, the other one the pneumatic nail-gun (4.5kg!), and the third one adjust the distance to the previous board. And even when you have a helper the co-ordination is not exactly trivial on a limited space on the scaffolding. Well, the job got done within a day (6 meters times 3 meters) and the result looks very good.