November 3rd: I'm cringing again, when the forecast calls for snow
now. Two thirds of the metal roof is on, but while we had
to wait for ten days (!) for a metal valley to come in, the
temperature plunged and the snow started falling. It hasn't warmed
up enough since the first (mid-October) snow to melt off, and we
keep getting more every few days. I may have to take
extreme measures to clear the tar paper of snow, so that last of the
roof can go up for winter (like it isn't already here!). In the
mean time, sheathing is complete, windows and doors are cut out, and
we plan to wrap it up in Tyvek and call it done until
spring, assuming the roof gets done.
October 10th: I don't cringe when the forecast calls for rain any
more. Half an inch of rain poured down on my newly complete
tar paper and frost guard, and I had only one minor leak, which I
think is now fixed. Metal roofing is ordered. There might even
still be leaves on the trees when it gets installed. And now that I
don't have to cover and uncover everything every few days
for the next round of rain, I'm making faster progress on the
The hodge podge of tarps, tar paper and lumber
wrap from the previous photo worked about as well as you'd expect:
a lot of the rain out, so only certain areas got really soaked,
instead of everything.
October 1st: All the roof sheathing is up, and all but seven sheets
are nailed down completely. The last seven sheets were
hauled up last night just before dark, in order to have a flat
surface over the whole roof to put a giant tarp over. Because,
you know, it has been two whole days without rain, so three days of
rain are coming in. We even got some frost guard
and tar paper on the south side, by flashlight. Laying down black
tar paper on a sloping roof in the dark at the end of a
14-hour day is not the best way to achieve straight, even lines of
tar paper. I can't recommend it.
So, it isn't pretty, but it is probably mostly
rain-proof, and starting to look a lot like a house. It feels very
different when you
can't see the stars or the sun directly overhead.
September 23rd: what a difference a week (and a group of friends)
makes! We've gone from incomplete bare bones to a house
shape with roof skeleton and a semblance of walls. The roof trusses
went up yesterday in about three hours under pretty brutal
hot conditions. The friends who volunteered for hard, hot, grubby
work like this are amazing people.
September 16th: sub-floor is (nearly) complete, enough to move on to
walls (because the leaves are starting to change color,
and I'm starting to sweat). Walls are sprouting up too. We still
seem to alternate between way-too-hot and drenching rain, but
at least it has mostly been dry the last two weeks.