While Loki has been hiding in the house during the roof project, Pixel has been exploring. Here’s her caught in action.
This week I will be sharing both the Week Three and Four updates. Week Four quickly became overwhelming and I just didn’t have the energy or even the electricity to write up a post. I explain all the dramatic details about it on Saturday, but today let’s rewind two weeks to the third week of Project Roof.
The week started off well. Jim finished the porch overhang work and boxed the corner adjacent to our bedroom so we wouldn’t have future moisture issues (or paper wasps!) in that corner.
Next he replaced our sloped roof fascia board and started pulling off the shingles. The guys quickly found a soft spot in the corner where water had accumulated. We will add that to the decking that needs to be replaced.
We met with our plumber Larry to finalize his part of the project. We talked through the tankless water heater install as well. He gave us a couple of models to research. We want a 8 gallon tankless that has a built-in re-circulation pump. This will keep the hot water moving in our pipes and speed up the transition to hot water at any of our faucets. We are installing it on the outside of the house near the laundry area so it will be able to be hooked up to the gas pipes that heat our dryer as well. We played with the idea of installing the tankless in the middle of the house, but we really don’t have room and outside it will be fully accessible.
On Wednesday, we also got word that our roof removal was moved up to Friday (October 10th). This was great news except we had a ton of work to do inside the house to prepare.
I started by taking down the twinkle lights in the great room. The process was a little bittersweet. We loved having these up and rarely had a night without their pretty glow since I put them up last year. But by taking them down, we are getting an insulated roof plus a brand new ceiling and lighting.
I also picked up anxiety pills for the cats. They each get a 1/4 to a 1/2 a pill to “relax” them for 8 hours. We are definitely giving them meds when they tear off the roof. I’m not sure what we will do next week yet.
Then Nate and I attempted to lining our ceilings with plastic. We expected a lot of dust, gravel and random debris to fall through the ceiling board as the roof was removed. We wanted to protect our belonging as best we could.
Unfortunately, I bought the heavier plastic sheeting that was impossible to put up without a staple gun. We started installing the sheeting late Thursday night and realized we had no staples. We tried tape which didn’t work so we decided to just cover the furniture and hope for the best. In the great room, Nate nailed up the plastic sheeting on our rafter boards. We had to cover that are since we knew a lot of debris would fall into the room without a ceiling.
I was told to expect the work crew at 7:30am on Friday, but they had already started when I drove up to the house at 7:15am from the gym. Luckily Nate had already given the cats their meds before leaving for work and I had thought ahead and showered and laid my clothes out for work the night before.
The removal was so loud and actually quite scary. I quickly got ready for work and got out of there. The cats would not have been able to handle it without meds.
Later that day, Nate send me this text message. I got home expecting the worst, but the termite damage seemed to be contained next to the fireplace. We had a good idea we may find more in this general area after the Bath Crashers project so this wasn’t a huge surprise. (Bath Crashers replaced all the damage in the bathroom, but was not required the find the full extent of the damage that extended past our master suite.) Regardless, it was an additional amount of work for Jim to fix.
In the great room, the moldy patch of decking was gone. We think someone may have fallen through the deck there. The rest of the plastic sheeting was holding an enormous amount of gravel and debris that fell when the roof was removed.
Because it was a little precarious and the fact our stupid cats kept jumping down into it, Nate used the shop-vac to clean it up later that night.
Here’s the what the roof decking looked the next morning. As you can see, many of the planks were damaged in one way or another. The whole deck was soft to walk on and you had to tread pretty carefully to avoid all the pitfalls.
We had grand plans to remove the deck, clean the bays and install installation ALL over the weekend, but by Sunday evening, we had finished removing the deck and half the insulation with help from my uncle Terry, cousin Moses and our friend David. We actually paid both boys to help as an incentive – and it was totally worth it given all the work they did. (We just paid Terry in food, beer and bear hugs.)
Doing the deck removal ourselves was a tremendous amount of work, but it did allow us to move to get the electricians out on Monday which was the whole point.
Unfortunately poor Nate did have a couple missteps over the weekend including busting through the sheetrock in our hallway. Luckily he didn’t hurt himself badly – just his dignity as my dear cousin Moses stated.
Here’s what the roof looked like with the deck completely removed. You can see found insulation in the main house which was a major surprise. There is also a bunch of gravel that overtime accumulated from the roof.
Here’s our giant pile of decking and insulation in the front of the house.
And here’s a sneaky photo of David working on organizing the back pile. There’s a lot more deck work coming up – and I’ll go in great detail of what we found as well. Stay tuned.
Let’s start with an update on our project’s timeline because our timing has increased slightly.
Here is where we left off last week with the carport structure upgraded.
This week, Jim added the new 2×10″ fascia to the full parameter. One early decision we made was to upgrade all the fascia from 1×10″ to 2×10″. It’s the one piece of the roof that will be visible so we felt it was an important splurge. And yes before someone asks, we are saving as much wood as we can for other projects.
Jim hung the fascia slightly lower than the original which gives it this nice clean line compared to how the fascia and soffit boards used to meet.
He also began to work on our back porch issues. Our back overhang has always been an eyesore. It leaks water during the rainy season and sags miserably.
We’ve always wondered why it sags so badly and it was great to finally get the answer. This part of the overhang (different from all the rest on the house) was built to collect water and have it drain down one drain pipe. The rafters were an inch shorter (2×6″ instead of 2×7″) than the rest on the house which allowed the water to collect here. I am certainly not an expert on drainage, but what I do know is overtime this section of the roof became a sponge because the concept didn’t work.
On top of that, the original beam that ran the length of the overhang, was not secured correctly to our master bedroom wall (see above). Instead of sitting the beam on top of the studs in the wall, it was just secured to the plywood. Overtime, because of both of these decisions, the overhang began to sag even more. When Jim removed it, the middle was 4″ lower than the sides.
To fix the overhang, Jim replaced the beam that ran the length of the porch. He sat it (correctly) on the studs in the master bedroom wall and built up the support on the opposite side as well. Next week, he will replace the rafters as well.
Over the weekend, I finally pruned back our lemon and kumquat trees to give the guys a little more room to work as well.
It’s been great to see the fascia go up. I am so happy we went with the 2×10″s instead of the 1×10″s that were originally used on the house. These thicker boards give such a nice finished look to our roofline.
And I can’t talk enough about how different the back porch looks. Straightening it out just has changed the feel of the back porch. I know that sounds dramatic, but its like someone with bad posture compared to someone standing straight. It completely changes the porch’s demeanor.
Our roof removal has been scheduled for Monday, October 13th which is a week later than we had hoped for. There was a bit of negotiating that had to happen on the price before we could schedule, but we are happy with the final outcome even if it’s a little later than expected.
Next week, the back porch and fascia will be finished up so we are all ready to go with the removal.