Friday, October 15, 2021

Seething Over Sheathing


 With the exception of the gable ends, I finally got the exterior of the building sheathed and ready for application of siding, windows and doors. It wasn't without problems however. When I was trying to calculate how many sheets of plywood I would need to sheath the entire building, calculating it made my head hurt. So I figured I would order what I felt would cover most of it and then estimate how much was left and order that. It only had a lead time of a week the first time around and I knew I could haul the remainder in the minivan to avoid another delivery charge. So I put up what I had, calculated what I needed and place a second order. 

The lead time on the website had changed from one week to three weeks but I didn't think that would matter as I had other places I could focus my attention on. But three weeks later on the last day of September, my order switched from being delivered on September 29 to just being on order. No notification except that change of the order status when I manually checked myself. So I called up the store and was told that the soonest they could get in the five sheets I needed was probably going to be around Thanksgiving time! They didn't know why and couldn't offer any alternatives.

I wasn't about to wait for another seven weeks just for sheathing so I looked at other (of the same name) stores around and found one about 60 miles away that had exactly five sheets on hand. I called down to verify first and then hit the road. About five miles from my destination and literally probably less than a minute ahead of me, a four car pile up blocked the road (fortunately nobody seriously hurt) delaying me by nearly 90 minutes but I was able to obtain my sheathing material. Back home I called my local store and canceled my order and got to work. I wanted to get the rest up so I didn't have to use spacers for my rafters to account for the thickness of the sheathing. Next, I am going to get back on the rafters and hopefully get the roof installed as soon as possible. Then I can put the last of the sheathing up, windows and doors and have a weather tight building. After that, I can rest easy.

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  1. I knew what this was going to be the moment I saw the title in my feed, it seems like everyone is experiencing shortages right now--I'm sorry you had to drive 60 miles out of your way, but good for you for being proactive. Wow, look how far you've come. It sure looks good!

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    1. Most stores would transfer inventory between locations, but evidently they don't do that at this big box store.

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  2. It is a good thing that you checked the order and another good thing that you persevered.

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    1. It certainly made putting the rafters up easier after having sheathed the entire building.

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  3. Ed, glad you got your materials. In my industry, we are looking at lead times up to 40 weeks for some materials - if we believe the estimates.

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    1. I am amazed at the reports of what is causing the problems. It almost always seems like such a basic material and not what you would expect to be causing the problems. For example, vaccines were in short supply for awhile not because of the actual vaccine but because of the cork thing that goes in the end of the dose vial. Who would have guessed that?

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  4. I'm glad you were able to get what you needed in a timely manner, even if you did have to drive extra to get it!

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    1. It was definitely worth it. I'm nearing the end of getting it entirely dried in right now and I wouldn't even be close if I had just accepted their delivery estimate.

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  5. You do find a way to get what you need when you need it!

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  6. I admire the precision you go to to make your greenhouse.

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    1. Don't look too closely. I've made plenty of mistakes I'm sure.

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  7. Looks good, I hope you have escaped the rain:)

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    1. We've been getting showers here more frequently and I didn't get the roof on before them, but it is on now and things have dried out again.

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  8. Looks great, Ed, and the drive to the other store was well worth your time.

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    1. It was. I will have to keep that in my back pocket for future projects.

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  9. Art loves watching you work. And I’m in awe. We have a contractor who is supposed to put fencing up for us. Materials have been delayed and delayed. He’s now telling us it could be next year. Sigh…

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    1. Fortunately framing supplies seem to be in plentiful supply again but I've heard that about fencing, decking, roofing and other more specialty items in home renovation.

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  10. It's frustrating to try to get things these days. I've had fairly normal orders delayed or cancelled. Glad you found your sheets!

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    1. I guess I'm just not much of a consumer because I've been largely unaffected except for toilet paper and canning lids last year.

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  11. I see that the sheathing has the brand name "FORCEFIELD". I guess that's good for security. Was it developed by NASA?

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    1. I don't know who makes it. It was my hedge on not getting it sided until next spring. It is supposed to be weather proof for up to a year I think.

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  12. uh...you don't strike me as a rest easy kind of guy...

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    1. Not when my list of things to get done keeps getting longer!

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  13. It continues to look good. In my basement project, I have been hit over and over with supply issues... that and the other people in my house changing their mind on what kind of tub, etc, they want...

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    1. I'm glad I got my interior project done before Covid hit. I can't imagine going through waiting when your house (or basement) is all torn up.

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  14. What would a building project be without a few stories to go along with it! I'm glad it worked out for your sheathing. That's always seems like a milestone, visually.

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    1. It really gives it form for sure. I'm looking forward to getting it dried in. That will be my next major milestone.

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