Its not woodworking but . . .

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Blog entry by David posted 10-11-2007 05:17 PM 1881 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, this posting is not woodworking but I thought I would take a moment and share what has been going on at my shop, or more globally, my home. We have a wonderful home that is located on an exposed ridge in the low mountains that surround Portland, Oregon. The exposure is our problem. In the winter we get horizontally driven rain with horrendous wind that gusts up to 75mph occasionally. We are the original owners of the home, which is 7 years old, and now on its third residing due to water damage. Our builder is awesome and has taken care of all repairs.

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We now have a building envelope engineer on site that is directing the installation of “rain screen” which is the vertical strips you see on the exposed house wrap. His crew is meticulous paying attention to every detail. Of course we are entering fall / winter and it has been windy with occasional rain! Good news is that my wife has asked me to “take that Jet thing downstairs back to the garage” (I thought it was “my shop”). She is referring to my Jet air cleaner, which I have been moving from room to room to help contain dust when each set of windows has been removed. I erected a temporary plastic wall with painter’s plastic and a set of third hand support poles with the Jet running in the room. So far no dust! The fact that the Jet is on its way back to the shop means all the windows (total of 30) have been replaced and things are airtight.

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My shop is not useable because both bays of our 5-car garage are being used to store materials. I should be able to start working again at the end of November.

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I did get to make one item as the local building suppliers are out of large cedar light blocks. I was out running errands and our site supervisor asked me to get some clear cedar to make some light blocks. I picked up an 8’ 2×10 of clear cedar (cost them $40). Like any good LumberJock I turned out a couple of cedar light blocks to keep the project moving. That way we did not have to wait for the supplier to get his next shipment.

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I am hoping to get back in the shop soon. In the mean time I am occupying myself with virtual woodworking activities, which is not as satisfying. I certainly miss the smell of wood and the excitement of applying finish!


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#1 posted 10-11-2007 05:18 PM

Good luck on the repairs. Hopefully these will stand the test of time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#2 posted 10-11-2007 05:22 PM


I think they will. This is a good system that has a great track record. Inly difficulty is just putting up with everything being hectic, again . . .

We like the house and location. We have a great builder that wants to make it right so we are being patient and sticking with the project. Being patient and supportive has paided many dividends!


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#3 posted 10-11-2007 05:42 PM

I see lots of wood in those pictures and so it must be woodworking!

Best of luck with the rain. Keep us posted.
(Sorry about the demotion of “shop” to “garage” )

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 10-11-2007 05:58 PM

Nice lookin home Dave! It was a joy for me as well to have helped with the building of our home in ‘99. It’s also good that your builder wants to “make everything right” as we had this kid working here that used Duplex nails to nail down the second floor sheeting. I pretty much went thru the proverbial roof when I found the first one with my foot! Ended up pulling out like 2 dozen nails. The kid never came back.

I also have issues with heavy winds at times so I planted a line of spruce trees on the border. They’re around 15’ tall now and do well as a wind break. (Don’t see much of the neighbors either.)

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#5 posted 10-11-2007 06:15 PM

Dadoo -

I bet those duplex nails hurt! The whole building process is very interesting. The house down the street just had scaffolding erected so I can guess what is in store for them . . .

We should be dry and complete by December.

Will keep you all posted!


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Thos. Angle

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#6 posted 10-11-2007 06:32 PM

Well, Dave, you boys over on the “wet” side do have your problems. Over here we would be more than happy to take some of the rain off your hands, we’d even take the wind too if it brought water. It does look like they are doing you a good job. I guess you cold move over here and totally eliminate the rain problem. Some of the folks over just set out the pots when it rains. They just figure it ain’t worth fixin’ the roof for two days a year. LOL

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 10-11-2007 06:47 PM

Beautifull home! Wow a 5 car garage….thats awesome! That is crazy..3 times re sided you should look into a giant wet suit for the house!


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#8 posted 10-11-2007 08:25 PM

Looks like they got it right this time.
Good luck with the repair and let’s hope this is the end of it for you.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#9 posted 10-11-2007 09:34 PM

I’m glad to hear that your water intrusion problem is being taken care of. Good luck with getting back in the shop, soon.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#10 posted 10-11-2007 11:35 PM

Thanks to veryone for the great comments. Much what I have learned to expect from the fine folks that hang out at Lumberjocks! I believe our new “wetsuit” will work and I am hoping to get back into my shop soon!

BTW you ca see my weather station up on the right roof peak – it is a lot of fun to keep an eye on the weather here!



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#11 posted 10-12-2007 04:31 AM

My brother used to live in your neighborhood and commented on the winds. He’s on Old Germantown now and the house is more protected.

Looks like a thorough job. You’re lucky you had a good contractor. Has to be a little tough for them now with the housing slump. Good customer service though….you’ll obviously speak highly of them.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#12 posted 10-12-2007 05:05 AM

I’m (slowly) working on my homes 2nd, (maybe third, but I doubt it) new “coat” in about 120 years…. which is LONG overdue… I’‘ve replaced sills that have turned to soil! I daresay 3 in seven years seems a bit extreme… but after living on the english channel for a short time I can understand what your weather is like. I’m sure we’ll both be quite happy to not have to do it again!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#13 posted 10-12-2007 08:06 AM

Nice work happening on the house! When are they going to paint? Next spring? What kind of roofing material is that David? Looks like cedar shake? How’s that holding up – whatever it is? Have you had problems with any of the roofing blowing off?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 10-15-2007 10:32 PM

Dorje -

Thanks! Painting will be later this month after repairing interior drywall and window trim from all the hammering. Roof is cedar shake with snow & ice shield underneath – holding up well.



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 11-03-2007 05:47 AM

A contractor that will come back, multiple times? He is worth his weight in gold.

My motto is this: No call backs, do it once, do it right.

However, the true test of a great company is when things go bad, will they take care of it? I would say that this is an outstanding contractor you are dealing with.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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