Monday, October 24, 2016

'Upon the Roof'

That was either the name of a song or one of the lyrics.  But that was today's aim, a roof.

Mark helped me put the plywood (OSB) on the roof. I knew he needed to be in Port Richey to ready his house for the home inspector, so I told him to shove off, I could handle the rest.:First step of the roof:
Sherry came out and took this picture as I rolled out the first line of the Felt.
I asked her to bring me the camera. My girl it s trooper, she climbed the ladder and gave me the camera. I caught this picture  as she when down:
The roof is felted. We used to call it 'tar-paper' but it got a bad wrap so it is felt (Underlayment for shingles).
I run an outline of shingles as a guideline first, of the right end and bottom run. I also caught Sherry returning to the motor home after washing clothes with out 'new to us' washer and dryer. (that I hooked up this morning!) This shingle is called 'Golden Cedar'.

 A 'Square' of Roofing shingles (3-tab type) weighs 210 lbs and  comes in three 70 lb bundles (or they used to). Lemme tell you something I just learned today.  I grabbed a bundle and it did not move. the bundle that used to be 70 pounds is now 700lbs (my estimate).  I looked around to make sure no one was watching and divided a bundle by two, then climbed the ladder. I smiled as I climbed the ladder thinking of how we could joke and talk as we carried the bundles up. Years ago if there were ladies around, son Mark would carry two bundles up the ladder to impress the girls..

Today I carried 7 bundles up that ladder in 14 trips. LOL. But it is finished.

All it needs is a trim, but this old man is beat. Timewise this took over 4 hours labor. A young roofer (even me 20 yrs ago)  would have laid the shingles in an hour. Age does take its toll.
Some fun and benefits. I am up about 12 feet and right beside this squirrel nest.
The dude of lady came out and looked at me as if to say, "What are you doing up here, this is my territory, MOVE it!"

I know you did not need a roofing lesson, but right now, that is all I have. I'm bushed.

Nite Shipslog

The Edsel convertible
and a '51 Studebaker

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Getting ready to finish the Storage building.

Mark went down to Melbourne for a couple days so I worked  and set things up for his return.  Sherry walked out to take a picture of the lone ranger:

 I filled in all the open spaces with siding, It will have double doors. I did get the doors built and one hung.  You see in the lower picture the rafters are in place. Mark and Janie just got back and we will roof the shed tomorrow.

Slow day today, sorta relaxing.  

Hope you guys that visit are well and also had a good day.  Life is good!

Nite Shipslog

Look at this old used car lot. Nice cars.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

The construction project, storage

We all know no matter where you are, you have or accumulate 'STUFF'. Plus I need a place to play, so We needed a storage building. We had the floor done last night after Pizza and Mark playing with the limb the he felt was in his way, so after breakfast  this morning, we bought new saw blades and he removed the limb and we raised the first wall.  Lemme tell you those walls got heavier since I made it to 77. 

We raised the first wall, it is 10' 3" high by 16 feet long and has the siding nailed already (about 350 lbs)  .Of course 30 years ago when Mark and I were working together, we would have grabbed it and had it up in less than a minute, but this morning it took 3 or 4 minutes. That sucker is heavy. This is the second wall we are putting together:

 The front wall is now ready to raise. It only weighs about 275 lbs. It is only 8' high by 15 feet.
 WE took a break before raising it. The first wall about done us in, Mark is in his 50's now, and he is Sherry's baby boy.
 Test, dad 77 depending on the son as we raise the wall.
 Wall up and being plumbed and braced, Sherry brought out some Tuna salad sandwiches. We took a break.
 I want to inject here. In the 1950' when I was doing a little carpentry with my mentor Luke Tucker these walls would have been built standing and would have taken three times more hours work. There was a far sighted man called Jim Walter, I guess since he produced Jim Walter's homes.  He was laughed at by the 'old line carpenters'.  His homes were the subject of  many jokes.  You could buy Jim's homes at any stage of construction. Many folk bought the homes unfinished, and had not figured the work and cost to finish. I have been in Jim Walters homes in  the 1960s that at blankets hanging where sheet rock should have been and no interior doors. BUT, but that was not Jim's fault.

Jim Walter's revolutionized residential construction. He taught us to build the walls on the floor with much  less effort and much faster, then raise them in place. All of us carpenters asked, "Why didn't I think of that?" I won't go into it, but floors and roof construction was revolutionized by Jim Walter. In reality Jim Walter sold a pretty good cheap home.

Below Sherry and Mark talking after we ate. Janie ignored them.
 WE raised the third wall and sided it. Then raised this end, where the door will be.  Mark showing off here, had to leave fot a party down in Melbourne. 
Mark left and I started cutting the rafters. I cut and installed all the rafters and got one sheet of siding on this end as dark caught up.

It is good to have the shed nearly finished. adding a roof and door and we are in business. I debated on a gable roof or shed  roof and decided a shed roof would allow for more shelving. So that is my world.  All is well, I hope yours is the same.

Nite Shipslog

This is a 1946 Buick

Friday, October 21, 2016

Now to storage

Material was delivered today for our storage building.  Once it is built we can get my 'stuff' out of the way.  This is a little of my inside stuff:

This is some of my outside stuff.

(I do clean this area up every other day!)

Son Mark came over and brought a washer and dryer.  We went out for pizza.  Upon return he helped me get the  storage building started.  He insisted I needed to cut a limb that was over the building. So we stopped construction while he argued with the tree limb until it was too dark to work.

We start again in the morning.

I am enjoying one neighbor especially. Mr. Valentine. He isn't actually a neighbor, but his daughter and hubby have bought the house and he is helping them remodel, so he and I have a lot in common.  He is a very personable guy.  We are thrilled with the nice folk we have met here as neighbors and in the businesses.

Even the Lowes delivery guy, Angel, although he was late due to equipment problems, was very nice and apologized. He placed the material exactly where I asked. 

Anyway we will go out for breakfast in the morning, then by Lowes for screws nails and saw blades.

I am continually pleased at meeting so many nice folk and realizing we aren't really headed for Hell in a handbasket, and every one you  meet is not out to take you.  Most folk are just good people. I like that feeling.

Nite Shiplog

 I loved the little Nash & Hudson Metropolitan. I think these are 1954

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Curtains mean you are close to the finish

Yep, Sherry bought a bed spread and a curtain for Bedroom #1 and  valence for the kitchen. First, a bath tub report. The do it yourself kit is only good for someone who can use a spray can backwards. LOL The tub came out okay, but I did get a 'small run' (Mark said 'Dad that is a WAVE"). I did okay on the back wall, ends and bottom, BUT spraying that inside wall of the tub was too tough when you cannot lean on the tub (ha).  Anyway it is good enough for what we wanted. When this gives out I will replace the tub. There is the bathroom:

 Sherry was sweet and bought a mat to cover my 'wave'.
Actually I am fairly happy with the job, it it just holds up.

Sherry's Bedroom #1, I think she did well!

The kitchen looks good also. The small cabinets we added just past the refrig in a small corner will hold enough groceries methinks.

Remember the silver duck work in the corner.  It is hid now by the box  above the refrigerator. You can look past the Refrigerator ans see the small cabinets we added. Sherry added the 'apple'  valence above her new double sink. That is a very small kitchen. (But, but we are used to also having our dining room suit in that much space. LOL) 

Yeah, when the lady of the house says we need rugs and curtains, you know you are about there.  LOL

Today I also extended the RV sewer 10 feet and dug a ditch and run conduit for electrical plus water for the coach in its eventual parking spot.

Tomorrow material for my playhouse, 12x16 storage building.  Hopefully soon the paving man sill be caught up and get us a drive. 

Nite Shipslog

PS: I didn't go to sleep typing tonight!
 Convertibles from 1955, the Ford and Lincoln

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

No Blog Entry

I am drawing a blank. 

Update here.  We bought two small unfinished cabinets 1 foot square and 30 inches high with a shelf.

I have painted them and they are ready to install. 
I am sleeping as I type, so I am off to bed with Sherry, m
Good nite.

Pictures tomorrow, I hope. I extended the sewer line and opened the bathroom tub.

Nite Shipslog

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Every day is good, some even better

It is too late to Blog, but here I am. LOL  I have been working on a material list for the storage building.  I decided on a 12x16. So actually ordering on line 'ain't no fun', to the old carpenter.  Many things do not have the same 'name or nomenclature' I am used to.

Anyway, I think I had it, I wanted a copy and my ink said, 'hu oh, sorry I am out!'  I used to re-ink my cartridges until the machines smartened up and won' accept it.

Anyway the day was good. Mark helped me tie up some loose ends, then he had Sherry's spaghetti with us, then he and Janie headed for New Port Richie.  His realtor called and said they had a contract.
(Great GRandma letting Jude drive the motor home. a few months ago)

At the end of all RESIDENTIAL construction there is what is referred to as the "PUNCH OUT LIST". We are that close, today after Mark left we did a punch out list, room by room.

In the kitchen we decided we needed to work out something for more storage. The  kitchen is small, friend MaryAnn calls this size a 'Butt-rubbing Kitchen'.  Anyway I found a 12" x 12" area 6' high. That is enough shelving area for groceries methinks, so I will install a SMALL cabinet.

Hope you had a great day.  Sending everyone who reads this LOVE and thanks for stopping by. Pictures coming soon.  I remove the masking on the bathtub in the morrow.

Nite Shipslog

1946 Ford Convertible