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Life as an Amateur Woodworker #34: Nearly there!

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Blog entry by PhilBello posted 01-23-2015 01:36 PM 1174 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 33: My Gazebo Project is well underway! Part 34 of Life as an Amateur Woodworker series Part 35: Brads are stronger than you think »

The Gazebo is nearly finished, the first layer of roofing was T&G pine 1/4” thick planks, which I nailed with my air nail gun.

That wasn’t so bad, as I could do most of the work from a ladder, after which I fitted the barge boards. Then I had to felt it, and this took some time, because I had to do it when the sun was in, as soon as the sun comes out the tar melts and seals the felt to whatever it is in contact with. I battened the roof as I felted it, to avoid having to crawl around and damage the felt. It was bad enough being up there in the first place…I hate heights, and was crawling around like a baby, I just hope none of the neighbours had their camera out!

I used a straight plank as a guide, to nail the battens to the rafters, lining it up on the nails in the pine, this was 95% accurate, but there were seven misses in total, because one nail may have been to the right of a rafter, the next to the left, so when lined up, the next was a miss, but on the whole it worked.

I had one error, which only showed itself two days ago, the pine planking was 2m long, so the join was on the centre rafter, unfortunately on one side I somehow missed nailing the top two to the centre rafter, and they banana’d good style, and started to lift, I had no option but to go back up on the roof and fire some more nails through the felt. I will cut a piece of T&G and fit it over the gap.

I finished the wiring yesterday, so we now have power and light again

Now I just have to install some shelving, buy and fit the roof panels, but that is not urgent as the roof is watertight, we had a tropical storm last night to test that, and it was as dry as a bone this morning. Then there is just some cosmetic work to be done.

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright



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#1 posted 01-23-2015 05:44 PM

Phil,

Looking Good! The pitch suggests you really have gravity holding you to the roof. My wife has similar problem. Found it out when she was going to “Help” me re roof a similar pitch and height from the ground.

If you are working alone and need some security, get a coil of rope that you can secure to the ground on the opposite side of the roof you will be shingling. It will be both a physical and psychological saftey net?

You must be really close to the equator. That’s to hot for this glow in the dark pale skin.

Client load is up. more work days, and more money.

Later,

Tom

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 01-23-2015 10:21 PM

Looks good Phil. Enjoy that sunshine!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 01-23-2015 10:41 PM

Thanks Tom, it doesn’t matter how flat it is, the felling is that I am slipping to the edge, I hate it, but it had to be done! It is certainly hot these days, we have about another six to eight weeks and then our first winter of the year!
Glad to hear that you are being kept busy, it’ll finance all your projects!

Cheers Mike, and yes I am making the most of the sun, winter comes all too quickly! ;)

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 01-24-2015 12:30 AM

Phil,

Cat food money.LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-24-2015 11:46 AM

Tom, you must have one heck of a load of Cats!!!?

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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