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The roof's on, windows and doors are in. Now it's a series of small details, while I await the siding and the ability to create a lock-up.

The roof’s on, windows and doors are in. Now it’s a series of small details, while I await the siding and the ability to create a lock-up.

I’ve not blogged since late July. Not enough rain days to warrant the focus needed. However, it’s now the day after September 11th and the time has come for an update.

The charcoal Vicwest steel http://www.vicwest.com/residential/products/steel-roofing/supervic arrived at the end of July. It was time for a cover-up . . . no, no, not Sept. 11th (:>). You can You Tube Loose Change for that. I’m referring to the roof of this chicken barn, as it has been affectionately dubbed.

This is no small bungalow to do anything to! Yet, as I’ve already stated, I’ve done this twice before, but never over the legal age limit. That’s one of the things I love so much about Nova Scotia. My age is never in question, heh heh heh.

Rogers Well Drilling hit below the 83' that was bewitched.  Blessings April.  Never you mind, they go so fast right by what we had in mind.  The well produces between 10 - 15 gpm at 120'!  More than enough to run a farm on.  I'll get the real specs from my plumber . . . before Friday Robert.

Rogers Well Drilling hit below the 83′ that was bewitched. Blessings April. Never you mind, they go so fast right by what we had in mind. The well produces between 10 – 15 gpm at 120′! More than enough to run a farm on. I’ll get the real specs from my plumber . . . before Friday Robert.

These well drillers were here before 7:30AM set up and drilling. They were gone shortly after lunch time having struck pay dirt. What all life depends upon on this Earth. Water in a liquid form. Not yet found anywhere else in the known Universe. But that’s life as we know it. Dec. 21st, 2012 notwithstanding. I’m also a crop circle junkie. Try it you’ll like it!

'Hard' backing for the chosen aluminum soffit.

‘Hard’ backing for the chosen aluminum soffit.

I have spoken about using aluminum for soffit material in an earlier post. It works for me. The overhang is 30″. A generous amount to shade the glass in summer (mostly) and give one a rain hat to dart inside or out, on an inclement weather day.

Here's jayöh his~self using a framing square off the building to get the lot straight.  Now about the carport  . . . (:<<)  Later alligator.

Here’s jayöh his~self using a framing square off the building to get the lot straight. Now about the carport . . . (:<<) Later alligator.

That’s a Nikken elbow brace I sport to aid in tennis elbow relief. They seem to help or else it is an amazing placebo that softens the inflammation of hammer recoil. If you’ve never heard of Nikken, this is a mix of ceramic fibre, that holds the heat in at the point where muscles and ligaments attach to the joint. The wearing of it can aid in healing.

The three musketeers are up on the roof, laying the steel underlay.

The three musketeers are up on the roof, laying the steel underlay.

We used a product that Vicwest approves of for underlay. I was told that if there were a warrantee issue, it’s best to go with their suggestion. The underlay is called Titanium UDL-30. http://www.interwrap.com/titanium/ This is a Canadian product from Vancouver. It’s synthetic and enormously strong. UDL-30 is an oil product that aids in grip for running shoes and will hopefully last many, many decades. The purpose of any underlay ‘neath metal, is to catch condensate from the backside of the steel.

'Ducks all in a row.' Andrew removes screws, in order to apply starter strip foam closure, under the initial piece of metal.

‘Ducks all in a row.’ Andrew removes screws, in order to apply starter strip foam closure, under the initial piece of metal.

Etienne and Anthony, had Andrew (on the staging), pre-drill the holes on the ridges of the profile and keep to a set distance as determined by a storey – board. This means that from any angle, the powder coated screw heads all line up. A very neat trick. The above image shows the 4/12 carport ‘wing’, meeting the 9/12 north bump-out or dormer.

Here's that split pitch finished. Very nice job fellas!  Blessings.&nbsp; Red chalk in the valley should be washed out by spring.&nbsp; Darn digital cameras anyways.

Here’s that split pitch finished. Very nice job fellas! Blessings. Red chalk in the valley should be washed out by spring. Darn digital cameras anyways.

A few more images of before, during and after with captions only. Now mind you, we were all weeks on this part. Everyone had their job to do and of course mine was to ensure that there was sufficient material on the ground in anticipation of the next step. The right caulking, the correct lengths of steel ~ Mike, the right coffee mixtures ala Tim’s (they’re all hooked). Besides the former I also needed to try to decide on cosmetic ideas for the next stage of building such as siding and trim colours. One needs to be several steps ahead. It’s like a race or game of chess.

The long axis of the house is 1 degree west of due south for best passive solar performance.&nbsp; The fully vented ridge cap is yet to be installed.&nbsp; Why?&nbsp; Because of an order mix-up. We had to wait for Victoriaville to supply the correct and originally ordered cake topping.&nbsp;

The long axis of the house is 1 degree west of due south for best passive solar performance. The fully vented ridge cap is yet to be installed. Why? Because of an order mix-up. We had to wait for Victoriaville to supply the correct and originally ordered cake topping.

This building is really teaching me patience. After jayöh finishes wearing his general contractor’s hat, he straps on his tool-belt and climbs ladders etc.

What a stretch!  'Tis I in the flesh, 'soffiting' the south gable end.

What a stretch! ‘Tis I in the flesh, ‘soffiting’ the south gable end.

A series of other before and after images, with captions only.

This is the south face, with all three musketeers at work.&nbsp; We've had beautiful summer building weather.&nbsp; Thank you Universe!

This is the south face, with all three musketeers at work. We’ve had beautiful summer building weather. Thank you Universe!

  South face with Etienne providing a bravura&nbsp; brawn demo.  UDL-30 set at the horizontal.

South face with Etienne providing a bravura brawn demo. UDL-30 set at the horizontal.

Triple laminations of 2' x 12" carport beam, getting a cover-up from aluminum soffit leftovers.&nbsp; Facia ready for installation.

Triple laminations of 2′ x 12″ carport beam, getting a cover-up from aluminum soffit leftovers. Facia ready for installation.

Andrew did a great job of laying out the cutoffs and drawing from them when needed, rather than always grabbing a full new sheet. Thanks for respecting the owners bank account . My money tree died.

Surely this ought to remind men of the old Brylcreem ads: "A Little dab'll do ya!"Adding the extra 2-1/2" of R-10 insulation to the foundation perimeter, to help protect freezing weather from penetrating the concrete slab.

Surely this ought to remind men of the old Brylcreem ads: “A Little dab’ll do ya!”Adding the extra 2-1/2” of R-10 insulation to the foundation perimeter, to help protect freezing weather from penetrating the concrete slab.

5" of type 2 foam = R-20! This image demonstrates the extra layer of foam insulation around the entire bldg. perimeter.

5″ of type 2 foam = R-20! This image demonstrates the extra layer of foam insulation around the entire bldg. perimeter.

Base foundation 'back' support at door opening.&nbsp; This charcoal metal was extra thick as I ordered 24G.&nbsp; I'm a detail man except when I mess up.

Base foundation ‘back’ support at door opening. This charcoal metal was extra thick as I ordered 24G. I’m a detail man except when I mess up.

Door sill extender.

Door sill extender.

I had Lewis Benedict of LRB Fabrication in Port Williams bend up some 1/8″ aluminum to protect the ICF and extra foundation insulation. The door steps will cover some of this extension.

This plastic material is the insect block.  It's fibrated roof ventilation snow and wind block, which I cut into layers to push down behind the first strip of strapping.  An afterthought.

This plastic material is the insect block. It’s fibrated roof ventilation snow and wind block, which I cut into layers to push down behind the first strip of strapping. An afterthought.

In the Brighton, ON house, wasps got into the 1″ air space/rain screen behind the sandstone ‘siding’. The buggers could wake up the occupants in the middle of the night, with their nocturnal buzzing, as they went about populating the world.

Insertion of insect block in the rain screen.

Insertion of insect block in the rain screen.

For those back in my former province of ON~Terrible, a rain screen allows moisture at the dew point to progress downward, due to the force of gravity and exit the wall cavity, preventing a water buildup behind and virtually unseen by building owners. Some time ago in BC, before I got there in 2005, there was this leaky condo syndrome. While I have not researched it, governments inspection departments did approve a very, very faulty system. Expensive retrofits born by taxpayers everywhere! Caveat emptor!!!

Siding ready!  Come on Cape Cod.

Siding ready! Come on Cape Cod.

The wood back-up is ready to be aluminum clad around the garage door. The building is strapped except for the 4 gables ends. I’ll do those first as we are soon into the ‘frost hasn’t melted from the roof and staging yet’.

The above image shows preparation for vertical siding. Here, 3/8″ x 1-1/2″ PT (pressure treated) lath is applied under horizontal PT strapping. the strapping is 1-1/4″ x 2-1/8″ spruce. It’s now code in NS to have 1-1/4″ of nail bearing for all siding. Lot of work for a look. But . . . I saved some $$ by not using standing seam on the roof. This was the one area where I really desired a certain look. Vertical siding would make the building appear less lengthy. I also do not care for all the vertical butt joints when any type of clapboard is utilized. The devil is in the details . . . or so ‘they’ say!

". . . and the eagle flies with the dove, and if you can't be with the one you love, honey, love the one you're with . . ."

“. . . and the eagle flies with the dove, and if you can

Oh Stephen, you’re ‘still’ such a lover. As one may see, the weathervane’s in place, as is the #1200 real ridge vent cap. Some extra fitting to make it work but as the cliché goes: “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”

I’d like to take this opportunity to publicly thank Steve Dickie, aka Etienne, Anthony Davison and Andrew Davison for a fine job of craftsmanship, companionship and just bloody good work. As the saints say: “Work is Love made manifest.” I heartily concur! I miss you musketeers already.

Still waiting for the Cape Cod http://www.capecod.ca/homepage.html siding and the correct length of SS (stainless steel) siding nails of 2″. For clapboard the usual is 2-1/2″ but this length would puncture the house wrap and defeat its purpose.

Siding finally!

Siding finally!

The 6″ channel siding and coloured trim boards, as well as inside and outside corners arrived on Sat, i.e., yesterday. I watched the BBS (Berwick Building Supplies) boom truck http://www.berwickbldg.ns.ca/ unload my next task. I knew what was in store for this writer. I nailed the side door shut; then struck off for Cape Split to hike with the Haligonian group TAH, or as they are affectionately known, take a hike.

Next time I blog, there will be some fine window details such as snap in brick mold, Blueskin waterproofing membrane, siliconing the strapping, flashing over the top, etc. I’ll wait until I get some siding on and then take a Sunday or a good rain day to babble. Trouble is, now that the roof’s in place, I can stay and work and work and work and and . . .

Tarnation! Damn place owns me . . . for now.

My name is John Ötvös, aka jayöh.

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