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Saturday Fun --- It's Over My Head


It was hard getting started today as I had a terrible night again and only slept in bits and pieces until after 4 a.m. I finally did get moving on my roof and managed to use up just about all of the lumber I salvaged after Katrina and the 2 X 6's I had left over from the work I did rebuilding the rafters, studs, and upper and lower plates in my utility room.

I will probably get three 12 foot 2 X 6's tomorrow to finish off the inside of the South side of the roof I worked on today. This is how it looked Saturday evening:



The long rafter in the left-hand corner is the one I put on yesterday and I have attached two of the shortest rafters to it today. I used up the last four long pieces of lumber to make the four rafters extending to the right and need to attach three more tomorrow plus, probably, the fourth corner rafter top right.


Here is another shot from the back so you can see how the peak will look:


I have now done about 40% of the rafters although I plan on reinforcing them in numerous areas, where they attach to the upper plates, as well as on the inside where I will fit additional studs to make it even stronger. I am also using 16 penny nails which most builders don't use anymore, so it will be exceedingly strong. I'm also using about twice as many as a builder would use. It takes a little longer and costs a little more but ain't nothing going to move it. It's solid now, even without the reinforcement, but I'm determined to make it hurricane-proof.

Oh, and here's a little shot of me brooding with suspenders (actually one of those back support harnesses). It's kind of hard to see so I'll have to do better some other time. How d'ya like it Kelly? Does it work? **LOL**


Have a fun night, everyone! Hee hee heee! I am such an idiot!


( 13 comments — Leave a comment )
Apr. 2nd, 2006 03:43 am (UTC)
heh~ yeah you did get the look down :) i don't think its the suspenders though.

it's looking good! - you are using power tools right?
Apr. 2nd, 2006 04:17 am (UTC)
You're very sweet ... sometimes. :)

Yes, if you mean a SkilSaw, reciprocating saw, and power drill, those are my main tools. Most of it is own fashioned hammer and nails and combination square and level. What's been hard is I've had to make a lot of splices to utilize all the lumber I could. By that I mean that I might have to use a 10 foot long 2 X 6 and splice an additional piece to make it long enough to overhang the side of the house. It's very tedious and sometimes difficult but very rewarding. I'm sure you can relate ... and thanks for asking.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 01:02 pm (UTC)
i admire you for being able to build that roof - i would have no clue.

tim does things with building or wiring that used to scare me when we were first married cause my parents always hired someone, 'experts' you know. the day his old trucks windshield wipers quit working and he hooked up a lightswitch that sat on the dash to turn them off and on (that worked) was the day i started trusting him :)
it was kinda funny though as you had to time when you turned them off so they were in the down position.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
That's funny because I did something similar one time. My headlights worked but the on-off switch was bad and I couldn't turn them on. I rigged up a toggle switch to turn them on and off until I could replace the ignition switch assembly.

As far as the roof thing, I'm always going to do things myself if I can, even though I may not know everything I am doing at first. I just try to learn what I have to do to get started. No carpenter would even be doing the kind of stuff I'm doing now, I can guarantee you that. It's too much trouble.

Most things like this are doable if you learn the basics and think things through. The hardest part is not having a crew helping and dividing up the chores. You are forever going up and down, back and forth, wearing a lot of hats at one time. It becomes very repetitive, although you sometimes have to think outside the box when you are confronted with a different situation, like fastening a rafter to a spot where there are electrical wires running. Interesting, huh?

You're a mom so you should know about wearing many hats. I can honestly say that mothers have my utmost admiration for everything they accomplish, and they give birth on top of that. I'm sure if you were so interested in learning carpentry, you'd be good at it. You might need a little help in heavy lifting, of course, although you're probably pretty strong. :)
Apr. 2nd, 2006 07:14 pm (UTC)
actually for a small boned person i am pretty strong.

i think you still must have natural talent for the building.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 01:03 pm (UTC)
i'm sorry what was i thinkin! heres the right icon for that comment.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 02:30 pm (UTC)
Hee hee hee! And here's the icon I mean to put on my comment about Bogart and Hepburn in your own journal. I got them reversed. I told you I was groggy.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 05:20 am (UTC)
Brooding with Suspenders would be a cool title -- maybe for your autobiography?
Apr. 2nd, 2006 02:57 pm (UTC)
I think my story would be entertaining, but no one reads biographies unless they are about famous people.

If I did write one, though, it would probably be, Hey, I Was There! **LOL**
Apr. 2nd, 2006 06:52 pm (UTC)
I'd read a biography about you!
Apr. 2nd, 2006 12:59 pm (UTC)
great so far. seriously lovely work.

That is not just a brooding look but wow, that is a serious cajun get out my way look. ha ha very cool. save it for an insert into a book for sure.

Apr. 2nd, 2006 02:58 pm (UTC)
Ha ha ha! I am so not serious, but I can make very mean faces, especially when I'm under the weather ... then I don't even have to try.
Apr. 2nd, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
Roof is lookin good!!! Hopefully you will be able to sleep a lil better tonite, I can understand about lack of sleep making one feel a lil moody *hugs*.

P.S. I like that pic of you brooding, you look all cool and pissed off hehehe. You should make it into an icon!
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