It's "roof week" at Otter Hollow. I've kind of been dreading this part of the project. While it doesn't look like much from the pictures, the incline that the house is on presents a difficult working area. The house is only 14 feet long, but loses three feet in elevation over that span. It makes accessing parts of it a little tedious. We've got little dig out areas all along each side to stabilize ladders.
My timing couldn't have been any better. My parents were returning home to North Carolina this week from being out west and Florida for most of the winter. They parked their motorhome at the top of our driveway, and have been here all week. My dad is a mechanical engineer and is an enormous help in bringing to reality my creative ideas. I tend to think of some cool stuff, but the execution part leaves me sleepless in the middle of the night!
Reaching the ridge of the roof is impossible from a ladder. I installed part of the roof by straddling the ridgeline, but that doesn't work when installing 8ft. long metal roofing. My dad and I scratched our heads, and he finally came up with a solution where we took a 12 ft deck board and attached some foot long pieces of 4x4 in strategic areas that would coincide with the rafter tails. We took clamps and placed them over the entire piece close to the rafter and it created a lip for me to stand on. After the initial "test", which included me as the guinea pig, I got comfortable fairly quickly. This installation was pretty fast after that. Even at 6'2", I couldn't quite put the ridge vent on...So we schlepped a pallet up, and I stood on it. I'm pretty sure that it wasn't OSHA (Occupational Safety Hazard Association) approved!
My buddy Clark helped put up the roofing sheathing, and without the help of my dad this roof couldn't have been completed. I've pretty much been able to do all the other work alone.