Winter is coming. Oliver’s Nest is not even close to being finished, although it’s nearly completely enclosed. I was sick for a couple weeks, as in REALLY unwell, and mostly stuck in bed. Lost some unwanted weight, so that’s a positive, right?
I’m at one of those difficult points. Figuring out the best way to install the opening skylight. I’m taking the process slowly, trying to tie each step into the next so the whole thing will end up strong, water-proof, and (hopefully) reasonably attractive. I wish I had a table saw for some of the cuts I’m finding myself needing to do. Having used one before, I know how handy they are, but they are also very expensive, and it wouldn’t be needed for most of this build. So…persevering with my circular saw and lots of cursing. The basic rectangular wooden base that will lift the skylight up off the roof is on, but of course, that’s not enough. I know I need to figure out flashing (difficult when the roofing solution I’ve come up with can’t be done due to the weather), and I also want to devise a kind of padded bed for the window to rest on. Hmmm.
I’m thinking about options for that. Some kind of rigid foam that water can’t damage? Does that exist? Rubber “bumpers”?
NOTE: The above was written a couple weeks ago, and I was so dispirited that I stopped writing and went to bed. Kinda kidding. The following is from today.
For the last couple weeks, the truck’s been covered with a giant, tough tarp which is thankfully keeping water from getting into the structure. But I can’t let it sit through the entire winter without working on it, right? So what to do, what to do….OK. I called the company that makes the liquid rubber I’ve decided to use on the roof and WOOT it can be used in cold, moist weather! Not hard rain, though, and that’s something that randomly, and often, occurs around here. I’m going to be keeping a close eye on Weather Bug. Also, the rubber can be used straight over galvanized aluminum roofing panels, which I have! More cheers!
So tomorrow, even if it rains, I’m going to be outside working on getting those panels up on the roof (over 11 feet high, great) and deciding on their placement. I already have the proper screws, so that’s not a concern. This is a time I”m glad I have a boring, flat square roof. 🙂 Easy to cover with the roofing panels. They will need to dry before coating ~ towels? Lots and lots of towels? Then I’ll cover the whole thing back up and wait for two or more dry days to be predicted, and…Rubber Roofing Crazy-Time will commence!
Please, wish me luck (and dry weather, and not falling off ladders).
Peace, guys 🙂