Sunday, April 13, 2008

The Roof Insulation

What a beautiful Saturday we had! 75 and sunny - you just couldn't ask for a more beautiful day.

The insulation is finished on the West roof in this picture. We put the Typar up on the whole roof, and then applied the foam insulation and lathing strips on top of that. The Typar makes a slippery, unstable surface that can not be walked on safely. In the large version of this picture (which you can see by clicking on the pic, by the way), you can see a yellow rope entering the view about halfway up the right of the picture and resting on a piece of sheathing on the peak of the roof. We tied the rope to a tree, then hung a ladder on the roof to provide a scaffolding of sorts so we could work up there. I say 'we' a lot, but in this case, Andy did all the work on the roof. Chris didn't like the slippery, nothing to hold on to, balance with a drill and a hammer and 7" nails kind of work that high up. Plus, he claims he was able to find a firm rule that says the big brother has to do all the hard stuff. He was unable to provide a reference for that rule...
Benson and Chris carried insulation over to the East side of the house. These sheets are 2" thick and 4' x 8'. They aren't heavy, but they are pretty awkward.

The East roof is complete here, too. The sheets overlap on the peak; the West wall went up first, so Andy trimmed that edge to be flush with the line of the East roof. The East roof insulation overlapped the West foam, and was trimmed to be flush with the outside of the foam there. The sheets overlap the South wall a bit, so we'll trim that later. Perhaps when we are working on the wall foam, or perhaps when we're back up on the roof to work on the actual roofing surface.

The 7" gutter spikes that hold the lathing strips and 4" of foam to the walls need to have a predrilled 3/16" hole. This prevents the lathing from splitting from the large nail. This is our cordless drill in action - the batteries are rechargeable with peanut butter and jelly, though they run better on a nice salmon steak. The roof and walls will all be predrilled this way.

The final shot of the day. Most of the foam is up on the West wall now, though we have a few fiddly bits around the windows and the foot or so that needs to meet up against the roof.
p.s. Somebody asked what a "Florian" was this week. I mentioned it in a previous post. I couldn't find a good close-up of it from this week's work, but if you go back in the blog to the 2/18/08 post called "The East and West Walls", there is a picture of three boys and Mindy crowded around a sheathing board. Nathan is using the Florian in that picture. It is a 12" pruning saw that has been used in every step of the house process. We have cut all of our siding with it, all of the foam, the sheathing, etc...


Andy said...

Here's the Florian saw we've used. It's super sharp, doesn't bind, gives a very fine cut edge, and is nearly as fast as a bad circular saw.

Oléa Gough said...

I finally got all caught up on your blog. Somehow I lost the link from way back when, and had to read it all beginning to end. Your house looks so great! I love all the windows and the tongue in groove looks so pretty!! It's hard to believe it's been almost two years. I love the close up of Karen, I can almost hear her adorable giggle. I'm so glad the internet can give us a window into each other's lives, though oh so many miles apart! I miss you guys!! (More pictures of my friends please!!)