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Building workshop – Almost 1/4 Dry

July 2, 2017

Closing off the roof before the autumn is goal number 1 for this summer. And with the summer vacations approaching, I got started on nailing the roof boards in place.

I’m working myself from bottom to top and…

…from left to right.

Unfortunately, while the dormer windows are an essential part of the overall workshop design, the dormer windows make the roof building 6 times more complicated than compared to a straight roof. On a simple roof, nne can just pick boards of any length from the pile and nail them on top of the roof trusses. The ends of the roof boards that are too long one just cuts off with an hand-held circular saw once all boards are attached. Life is not that easy with something more complex like I designed:

For the dormer windows, one needs first to build a support structure which is attached to the roof trusses.

Once the support structure is ready one has to cut each roof board to roughly the correct size to fit it in between two dormer windows which makes the whole process much more cumbersome (=slow). It takes me roughly one day to complete one of the sections between the dormer windows.

The first protection against rain is in form of an roofing underlay, an engineered tar-paper, called Icopal Fel’x Plus which is designed for steep roofs. This one is fairly easy to attach because one side is always glued on the previous lane which one side is nailed to the roof boards in zip-zak style.

Roughly 1500 75 mm nails and 200 roofing nails later, I’m almost done, but I ran out of weekend to complete the first quarter (completion meaning to get the building protected from rain; it’s still missing the roof panels, tar-shingles, and all decorative lists…).

On a close look one can see that the roofing underlay is not all neatly flat the roof and is making some waves. I could swear that they were rather tight and flat on the roof boards when I attached them in the morning. Now things don’t look so nice anymore in the afternoon, but it doesn’t matter. Lots of stuff will still come on top of the underlay.

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