Apr 202019
 

It was a week of lovely dry weather. We started the week  by tidying the workshop and completing the making of the Ladder Support stainless steel brackets and setting out strings to get the hip flashing straight (The roofs wobble a bit).

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Skylight-safety-wire-supports

String-to-align-hips

String-to-align-hips


We tackled the next job of putting on the metal Mesh Protector over the guttering where we went along the K section, round the corner into L. Then from one valley (L-M) to the other valley corner (M-N) .. ..

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Gutter-complete-on-K

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Gutter-complete-on-L



But before the mesh went down in around the bottom of the valleys, we had to nail into place the glass-fibre trough modules, the first section at least. But we discovered when we came to do the M-N valley that the angle was all wrong. We tried to be too clever when we laid down the counter battens to support the trough, but our lack of experience, and lack of double checking the theory, we shifted the position sideways so that the valley line would be centred to the gutter and downpipe channel! This was Wrong! it made the intersection  of the slates different heights… So we spent the morning doing some open surgery on our roof, peeling back the layers of breathable membranes, moved the wooden battens and realigned it.
Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Incorrect-MN-valley-Before-work

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Incorrect-MN-valley-All-opened-up

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Incorrect-MN-valley-Fixed



The new angle of the trough now means that the two roof surfaces of the slates coming in towards the valley point are both at the same height and meeting point and makes (will do) a neat line down the valley.
We resumed the interrupted task of covering up the gutters with the metal mesh and finished three quarters along the N section just before the N-O outside corner. We haven’t done the O gutter with its rubber liner yet.
Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

MN-Valley-installed-and-gutter-finished

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

LM-Valley-installed



We had one day of interruptions with a meeting in the morning and putting up the sun shield on our temporary living quarters but we resumed the work, this time, making a rain protective “Hat” for all our Hips and Ridges around the house, we have twelve Hips and five Ridges in total! This is part of providing a flashing system using slates and a layer of rubber membrane and this “hat”. We decided to go with this design because we needed to minimise the effect of the wobbly edges when they come together on the Hips and Ridges, which will be covered up the exposed cut slates of the roof surfaces, with a line of straight slates running up the Hips and along the Ridges. The hat will be a vertical piece of 19mm (¾”), strip with a rounded top (made from an OSB sheet). This is then covered over with a 150mm wide woven glass-fibre ribbon which will get coated in the dark grey resin. This combined object is sitting on top of a 400mm wide strip of rubber membrane.
We stapled down each of the layers, then using short iron wire pieces, fixed to the underside of the bull nosed strips, was bent to provide a stiff anchorage method of holding the hat upright position against the various angles of the roof surfaces coming together.
Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Hip-hat-support-wood

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Support-wood-installed

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Fibreglass-tape-in-place



The whole thing then got coated with two applications of a flexible roofing resin before applying a top coat finish. Looking at the results, we think we ought to put on another coat of the finishing resin to make sure we haven’t left any pin holes behind to let rain water in.
Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Hip-hat-finished-1

Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

Hip-hat-finished-2



Finally, on the last corner of the back of the building, the O-P outside corner, we sliced off the layers of plywood that made up the hip support, put on a layer of heavy glass-fibre matting and then coated the whole thing with black top coat finish. All rubbed down and smooth, ready for going along the P section towards the Conservatory.
Gutter Mesh Protector Installed, Corrected Alignment of M-N Valley Trough and Hips plus Ridge

OP-Gutter-corner-fibreglassed


This means now that we can insert the last strip of rubber liner for the gutter along the O section and put on the breathable membrane and battens to have this section of O roof ready for slating too.
Next week, we can resume the job of putting up thousands of Slates for the K slope (and L, and M, and N, and O too!), and doing the flashing slates a the same time as we climb up the roof. We are Getting There!!

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Apr 182019
 

Today, in the afternoon, we installed the Sun Shield tarpaulin up over the long corridor in our temporary living quarters . It seems to be very early this year, but we were suffering in the collected heat of the sun pouring into our corridor!

But the first job was to repair the Sun Shield tarpaulin because the stitching we did last year had torn apart. Well actually, the thread had frayed and came apart due to excess loading when we had high winds.

So this time, we decided to try to glue the two pieces of the tarpaulin (2.5 metres wide by 5 metres long) using contact glue. We first tested this method on an spare bit of the similar tarpaulin and it seemed to be just fine, in fact, very strong indeed! Of course, we don’t know whether the glue joint will survive in the sunshine but we will give it a try.

So we proceeded to glue the two sections together (with a 150mm – 6inch – overlap) on top of our garage, on its flat roof where we had plenty of room, plus also we didn’t have to disconnect the tarpaulin from the first anchorage point.

But we discovered that when we pulled out the new combined piece, it wouldn’t reach the far end! Of course not, we nicked 6inches didn’t we! But fortunately, we had wrapped some excess amount of the material around the fixing batten so we undid the first anchorage point after all, unwrapped it one half turn to give us the extra back again and redid everything back.

We now have a Sun Shield and aaah h.. it is nice and cool! Sigh!

To finish off being on the roof of our temporary living quarters, we inspected the surface and did some very minor repairs in the felt and also took notice that we will have to do a major roof job soon, perhaps later on in the Summer, and lay some new strips of roofing felt as the current layer is definitely shrinking and pulling itself away from the glue line. It is after all 8 years, or even 10 years since we put on the felt so it has done very well!!

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Mar 202019
 

A year on and it is time to empty our septic tank. The water was starting to go murky so we ordered the man with his smelly lorry to come and suck out all the waste and water from our tank. We then gave it a quick wash down inside but it was fairly clean […]

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Mar 162019
 

For this week’s worth of work, with lots of weather interruptions along the way, we started the actual process of putting up our Slates! Using our new collection of tools and equipment, we projected a line up the roof at right angle from the Fascia to serve as the master reference line to work from. […]

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Mar 112019
 

Today, following on from Saturday’s work, we designed and built a slate cutting guillotine with supporting stand which has rubbish collection built in. The guillotine sits on top of the box like container and there are standard measured marks to help us repeatedly slice certain slates at various required sizes. The next piece of equipment […]

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