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Etienne poses while Anthony Davidson is "up on the roof" with the Nylons. (:>)

Etienne poses while Anthony Davidson is “up on the roof” with the Nylons. (:>)

The decision to end up with a gable roof was entirely dependant upon what covering was to be chosen. I was not pleased with the algae and moss stained asphalt shingled roofs I saw in my travels around the valley, here in NS. I have always liked the look of a steel roof. If done properly, steel will outlast any shingled roof.

Boom trucks pulling multi-tonned truss trailers don

Boom trucks pulling multi-tonned truss trailers don

We used Ideal Steel 24g. in ON for the Brighton woodworking shop main roof. After 22 years, it still showed neither rust nor footprints. The issue is one of appearance vs. function. A hip roof, while making a long building like this one look smaller, will slough snow and ice at entrance ways. A gable roof keeps doorways clear of snow. Locals refer to this roof design as a Dutch hip roof.

Temporary home. Most of the trusses were hand hauled, heaved and hoisted into place. It

As I write this today, we are still framing a tricky part of the roof where the 4:12 carport section blends with the 9:12 north gable.

Look closely. 3

There were some cricket trusses that Frank E. Illsley Woodworking in Lawrencetown fashioned for us. The rest is stick framing with 2 x 6’s.

Andrew hoisting a 2 x 4 around and around and around the building. Not! he

I chose to spend a tick more payola and do this roof properly. It was trussed out with engineered trusses and then strapped with 2 x 4’s @ 16″ centres. Then the entire shebang was sheathed with 1/2″ fir ply and nailed only on the strapping with 2″ nails of a nailing gun (thanks Nathan).

Closeup of one misplaced Gang-Nail plate, by 5/16"! Yes, engineering will likely state that; "It will hold." but will it?

Closeup of one misplaced Gang-Nail plate, by 5/16″! Yes, engineering will likely state that; “It will hold.” but will it?

The point to make here is that every particle of metal than dangles into the attic space is a potential candidate for dripping moisture. This condensate will in time, deposit a great deal of water down into the billowy soft blown cellulose insulation of R80, that will go here.

1/2" fir ply for roof

1/2″ fir ply for roof

All fascia, drip edges, valleys and screws are to be of the same colour as the roofing metal. Our eyesight is the most powerful sense receptor humans have. If everything ‘looks’ purrfect, not a mention is given. Spill one colour outside the acceptable range or pull one screw too tight, distort a 12″ or longer section of metal and there will be hell to pay for a very long time.

Etienne looking in earnest or at least serious! The proper way to do a steel roof. Ply on top of strapping with no nail points showing.

Etienne looking in earnest or at least serious! The proper way to do a steel roof. Ply on top of strapping with no nail points showing.

I am in the process of deciding now the soffit material. While I know that most new construction uses PVC or vinyl, I had always used aluminum. PVC or poly vinyl chloride is one of the most poisonous substances we humans manufacture as it releases toxins into our common atmosphere for untold generations to absorb later.

It’s after lunch and I’ve got the cost of vinyl vs. aluminum. Bauxite is a go!

Now if someone had only *told* jayöh to order a structural gable on all *4* ends he would have gladly dropped the coin of the realm. As it was, jayöh elected to be the one to hang by his

Now if someone had only *told* jayöh to order a structural gable on all *4* ends he would have gladly dropped the coin of the realm. As it was, jayöh elected to be the one to hang by his

Yes, I know how ravenous Canadian mining companies are around the world and also here at home with the smelters on the Gulf of St. Lawrence with their attendant pollution of the beluga whales. There is no answer for much of these practices we humans have brought into being. If we become a little more conscientious and a little more conscious, perhaps then a better world will surely be the result thereof. I have this faith!

Like I said, nail by nail and stick by stick.

Like I said, nail by nail and stick by stick.

I Am John Otvos, aka jayöh.

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