Monday, October 25, 2021

Roofed


 I had hoped to get some help roofing from my brother while he was up visiting but my youngest daughter suddenly ended up with a fever and a cough. Since she can't get vaccinated yet due to her age and only had the original alpha variant of Covid, we assumed it was Covid again, this time the delta variant. The tests came back negative for flu and strep but we had to wait three days for the Covid test results. They finally came back as negative, meaning she just has the average viral cold, thankfully.

So while waiting for the results and assuming I was perhaps going to end up with a break through infection, I spent my time applying the roofing panels alone. It wasn't the easiest process but it wasn't too difficult either and I just kept plugging away at it over two days and got it done. Just getting to this stage makes me really happy and hopefully will give me a burst of energy to finish the rest.

After the negative Covid results, my family came up and spent a couple hours helping me apply the fascia aluminum covering to protect the wood fascia board from the elements. Handling 12 feet long pieces of thin gauge aluminum is one of those jobs best done with about six hands. I'm sure it would have taken me most of a day with lots of clamps and trips up the hill for this or that to accomplish the same task. 

Next up, I need to finish siding in the gable ends with plywood and then water seal up the sheathing from moisture in case I can't get it sided until next spring. After that, I hope to start installing doors and windows to completely weatherproof the exterior.

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  1. Dan would agree roofing by yourself isn't the easiest way to do it, but it looks like you did a good job!

    Waiting on test results is nerve wracking. I'm glad your daughter is doing okay.

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    1. Fortunately, each panel probably weighed around 10 pounds so it wasn't hard lifting them and it wasn't windy the days that I attached them. The difficulty was mostly getting my body in a position to put screws into the panel in the correct spots three and a half feet away.

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  2. I am glad about the test results and pleased for you about your progress on the greenhouse. My dad was a 'grower' which means that he worked in greenhouses. We lived right on a nursery once, and I had greenhouses right in front of me. I was never encouraged to partake in his 'growing' endeavours. He didn't seem to want me to go into that occupation. He didn't even want me to get a summer job doing something on the nursery part of the property. I think he was right in my case.

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    1. I have a friend who manages a commercial greenhouse operation. From talking to him, it seems like a great job. Everything is at waist level and ergonomic. Things get repetitive and a bit boring but technology solved that with ear buds and pod casts. He is forever going on about the podcasts he listens to everyday.

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  3. Ed, I'm glad your niece doesn't have something more serious; and your building looks tremendous! I almost wish you could've laid down a transparent roof as I enjoyed looking at it's structure underneath so much. I wonder how much money you've saved, doing it yourself? I know materials aren't cheap, but the labor was :^)

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    1. I never priced out what it would cost to have a similar building custom built. I would guess it would be around a factor of 4 or 5 times what I paid in material to have someone else do it and the wait times would be around a year just to start the project.

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  4. It's looking good! Glad to know that your daughter just had a cold. Life sure has changed, hasn't it....

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    1. I would have bet money she had Covid. Yes times have changed.

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  5. I'm happy it wasn't Covid and that you did get help. It is easier and quicker for certain jobs. Other times people just get in the way. (according to my late husband, who always had a very clear vision of what he wanted done and how)

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    1. I'm pretty picky about my projects because I'm the one who has to live with the end result. But sometimes other people can be great for bouncing ideas off when I get stuck around a problem.

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  6. I thought I'd already commented but apparently not. Glad it wasn't covid and that you eventually got some help. My late husband preferred to do most things by himself because he said other people often got in the way. He had very precise ideas about what he wanted to do and how. However, certain tasks are quicker and safer with more than one!

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  7. Yes, these things are much better done with help.

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  8. Hurray! Here in Hawaii, after the roof goes up, we have a party. The workers do enjoy that part of their work.

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    1. I was pretty happy because everything was dry after that, at least save some blown in by wind.

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  9. Certainly taking shape! Looks good.

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  10. Glad your daughter tested negative for covid!

    Your building is taking shape, and I'm having fun watching.

    Your trees don't look as if they've begun to turn color yet!

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  11. Looking good! So glad your daughter doesn't have covid!

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  12. Thank goodness your daughter is OK. That was scary. But wow! Your construction is looking awesome. I need to show this to Art. He's been loving seeing your progress.

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