Monday, September 26, 2011
This End Up
You have to keep checking 'cause sometimes it is hard to tell. This is how far the wrapping went before we got crazy hurricane force wind delayed. Seriously the wind has been unbelievable. I have spent days thinking the yurt was going to lift right off the ground. I have been watching the massive cedar trees all around swaying like toothpicks. But the roof is wrapped .
We wrapped the roof with 30lb felt paper and the sides with 15lb. The word on the street is that felt paper took a backseat to Tyvek many years ago when it unfairly became the ubiquitous house wrap. Tyvek is maybe easier to put on ( it comes in one big sheet that you kind of drop down) but it does not breathe properly. From what we can tell from our research, houses that use Tyvek are WAY more prone to mold. It just holds the moisture in. Ideally, your house is well insulated and allows moisture to escape without allowing moisture in. Tyvek allows none in, but all the moisture you create ( dishwasher, shower, etc) stays in too.
We used a Hammer Tacker to install our felt wrap. This was supposed to make it easier, faster, like the pros. We messed it up. We loaded the wrong size staple into it and , never having used one before, thought they just inevitably jammed that much. We asked someone and he told us we just had to whack really hard. This killed the Hammer Tacker. I took it back and told the guy I hated the thing and wanted to know if I could use a pneumatic stapler. Evidently that is too powerful and will rip the felt paper thereby rendering it useless. Who knew? Anyway, long story short, the guy at the lumber yard figured out the staple size mystery and gave me a new Hammer Tacker and, man, are they awesome! The wrapping flew up. The sides were a relative breeze.
Our metal roofing arrives this Thursday and we are supposed to have dry wind-free days this week. Hopefully we can get it all done soon. We have something else to work around.... John got a job! He is the lead chef at a local ale house. The Main Street Ale House had become a kind of stomping ground for us so when the owners, Kim and Darren, approached John about working a few days a week, it seemed pretty perfect. We figured since we are entering the winter months, and I can take over doing the inside of the shop on my own, it was a good time to make some money and meet people in the community.
We have been sourcing siding options for the last few weeks and have decided to ( surprise surprise) do a mish mash of various siding options. As of now, we are scouring craigslist to find some used board and batten, some cedar tongue and groove, and some corrugated metal. We have plans to make a sort of Starburst pattern on the front gable end. The siding will be very unique and a challenge and very fun!
More good news.... we passed our framing inspection! Only two small things we need to fix, but they signed off on it and the very nice inspector gave us some pointers.
I am off now to the greenhouse. I have been using this windy cold weather to make our Yurt more winter friendly and finishing off the summer harvesting and winter planting. I am about to pull up the last of the watermelons and juice them, freezing the juice for winter morning pick me ups. Anybody know any better ways to save melons?
Posted by Christy