Sunday, June 16, 2019

Flynn Down

Well it finally happened. A few posts ago I showed how I framed the roof going up around the chimney and mentioned that it leaked. Well this past saturday was the last cool day until the fall, and cool is still a relative term. It was only about 83*, but on the black roof it felt more like 115*. Going to be in the 90's for the next few weeks at least, likely we won't see any comfortable temps outside again in Raleigh until the fall. So it was the one day I had to get that roof stripped (framing and all) and rebuilt ready to shingle.

I got all of the framing ripped off and thrown down first, which was a sweaty mess. Then I got ready to go back up to start taking my first measurement for the new framing. I drew it out with a yellow lumber crayon and went to grab the stuff.

Climbing back up the ladder, I got to the top, put my hands on the shingles, and the ladder completely slid out from under me. It's an 11 foot wall, I'm 6' tall, so I really only fell about 5' down, but that was plenty. I grabbed the gutter to hold on up there, but it wouldn't hold my weight. Holding on did spin my body around as I fell onto the loose bricks & rocks on the ground.

Kelley was doing yardwork not far away, and the kids were making art on the porch. They all came running to check on me. Kelley said my left leg hit first and bent in a way that knees are not supposed to bend, kind of crumpled under me. While I was in the air, I remember thinking I needed to land on bent knees and just go soft all the way down. Funny that after building this entire porch by myself the entire family was out there when I finally seriously injured myself, but I was really glad they were all there to catch up quickly. If I had been alone and had to get myself into the house to get any help it would have been really scary.

So I made it to the ground with my back to the wall, sitting on rocks, and out of breath for some reason. I moved forward into more comfortable ground to assess the damage. Kelley found some scrapes on my right wrist and put bandages on there (so sweet). It was a good 10 minutes before I tried to stand up. Feeling around my left ankle I thought I felt some bones out of place and didn't want to stand if my leg was really broken. After the adrenaline rush wore off the leg didn't feel broken anymore so I got up and made my way inside. But it really wasn't right.

The offending gutter that now needs repair
So rest & ice have helped, but I still think there is something torn below my left knee to the outside. Don't know if it will be muscle or tendon, require PT or surgery, or maybe I'll just need a walking boot or something. My September marathons are probably out, I don't see how I'm going to be able to run for several weeks. I'm still really limping around  and going to see an orthopedist on Monday. And let's not forget that I still have a big hole in my roof!

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Extra Curricular

Outside of our regular posts about the front porch project, I got in some extra fun stuff.

First, I got to volunteer for a day building houses for Habitat for Humanity again. I literally was breaking up some rocks in the hot sun like I fought the law. Eventually I got to build a shed roof over a little outside storage area with a couple of my coworkers and that was fantastic.

The new shed-style roof
It did get really hot, and I did talk about the porch a lot. Habitat is a great cause and I'm lucky that my company gives each employee 2 days a year to volunteer as we choose. I'll go back for another day in the fall.

There's a guy in that tree - cutting it down


Now that's a big stump



One of the things that has plagued the front yard is the large dead trees. We finally found a tree guy who could get those down for us. We had two red oaks and two pines (from one stump) taken down. They left the logs that were good enough in 12' lengths, I'm trying to find a portable sawmill to come cut them up into lumber for me. There are about 9 logs, mostly pine. The really dead parts of the trees aren't usable, but the rest should be ok. And these were four trees, about 70' tall. Should be a lot of lumber. But this isn't a very accessible part of town to bring large equipment so I'm having a hard time finding anyone to return my call.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Crazy Roofing

This is where the roof gets tricky. I knew when I started getting around that chimney that the framing structure was going to have to be creative. I hope it works. (hint: it didn't)

Sheeting continues


This part looks good


Now it looks like a real, fully formed porch


Sheeting is all done

Now that's a lot of roof

getting the felt paper tacked up on the back side


Notice that the little extra ledge that was supposed to be the only escape for that water is now gone...

Now this side and the ridge have felt paper
So I wrapped the framing around the cricket and came up with a way to sheet into the valley. This created a flat spot that I'm not very happy about. Pitched roofs should not have flat spots. Now I'm thinking that I should have framed that level area all the way into the valley, then routed the valley back to the end of the cricket. Let's throw some shingles on top and see how that works out.

I'm laying shingles y'all

all the way to the flashing


Up there, but not to the top of the paper yet


Shingled the ridge


Got it tight through the chimney flashing & onto the cricket


Crazy roofer
Finished shingles on the back side

Did all I could to get into that valley. Ridge is done



So the shingles are all done. I still need to get up there with the sealer and caulk around all of the edges and seams (to the existing shingles) with the black tar stuff in caulking tubes. That is supposed to seal everything up tight.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Start Sheeting, More Framing

First part of sheeting the roof was to get the nail gun loaded up with the shorter nails. The Rigid framing nailer is great, but it takes round head nails in a 21* strip, from 2" in length up to 3.5" - I used 3.25" nails for the 2x6 framers but sheeting goes down with a smaller nail. Reviews were mixed from some guns about being able to switch lengths/diameters of nails but the Rigid framer handled it like a champ. I started sheeting the backside of the porch roof because I was wary about the framing next to the chimney.

This nail gun is amazing


I have this kickout below the existing roof built to go below the rim beam. it's weird. I'm going to sheet it anyway. If it still looks like an afterthought then I'll have to do a whole lot of framing up on the existing roof to get it all looking inline.

Nailing off the weird lower framing

All of the ceiling joists are in and sheeting has started!

My kid even approves

nailing off the peak

It's only 16 feet up but it feels really high when you're up there

I get a helluva view of the boat that I will eventually work on again

It is a pretty yard from up high

Water is shedding down this valley and over to the kicker

it's just weird.
Kelley got some pics of me sitting up on the peak



That kicker is just weird. It saves me a helluva lotta framing work and a few hundred bucks in shingles, but it just doesn't work with the design. Come on John, rip it down and do it right.

I started sheeting the front side

This board is the key to the new framing. I should have gone higher

Framed over the kicker

Framed around the chimney

This would turn out to be an even bigger mistake

All framed up!


Added some more sheeting already too
This looks good, right?  I can tie the angle for the new roof into the existing roof, then it comes down to the cricket and should split water runoff around the chimney

Well, this was done in mid-April. Now it's June and I can't get this part of the new roof to stop leaking. Everything else is dry. I think instead of turning down there I should have extended that top rail up to meet the valley, then framed from that point down to the corner of the cricket, essentially changing the route of the valley. So now I get to rip up all of this already "finished" roof and rebuild.