Today was a big day. My skylights went in! But, I get ahead of myself. On my last post, 12 days ago, I left off showing where the roof trusses were to be placed. John, my contractor, designed and laid out an elaborate rafter system to, in essence, tie together three roof lines. You can see in the first picture there is a family room roof in the foreground, a garage roof to its right and the existing roofline of my shop. John put in these half trusses and then, as I said, proceeded to marry up the 3 rooflines so it now appears more uniform. He has a tad more shingling to do tomorrow and the roof is done. John and I discussed the location of the skylights and I think/hope I made a good choice. At times they appear too close together, but from inside the room, I think they are just right. I still have to imagine what it will look like with the wall that is coming down, no longer there. I neglected to take a picture of the inside view today so I will include that in the next update. The skylights are 8 feet apart along a stretch of 18 feet. I believe one of them will be right above my TS and assembly table. (That is once I make one!) Anyway, I am quite excited to have these installed. John was impressed with the quality of the product and the installation procedure. He assures me they will be leakproof. Thanks for checking in on me.
This first photo shows the half trusses. John, continued the line of the trusses towards the existing peak and slightly above it. He then added a return piece down to the existing peak. Sorry I didn’t get a picture of this before he sheathed it but see the second photo for an idea of how this works. He also built up the existing garage roof (to the right of the downspout) so it became level with the family room roof (to the left of the downspout).
Below is a shot of John installing the skylights today. If you look at the gable end, you can get an idea of what I meant about the new roofline being higher than the old and how the return pieces I mentioned were incorporated.
Next, is a shot of John’s progress mid-way through the installation. The white material is a rubber membrane that envelopes the walls of the skylight. The photo also gives a good angle of the finished rooflines. Left and right of the downspout are now one plane and the new shop roofline meets it in a valley in the corner.
Below, the skylights are fully installed and you get a good shot of the rooflines. Oh yeah, in the background you can see that Lenny the Snail has sheathing on the shed roof. Oh well, no hurry I guess.
I hate to detract from my shop renovation but I am quite proud of these shed rafters that I made myself with John’s encouragement and advice. Well, I am proud that I made them, not the end result. I actually feel they came out awful but it’s a shed not a piece of furniture so I will live with it. It is not evident from the angle of the photo but they are not flat and even and since I did them one at a time instead of batch cutting them, I had to return my miter saw to the necessary angle each time. Needless to say, they are not all “spot on”. Still, I made them myself and they work. I am proud to be building this shed from the ground up.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI