Strapping The Roof

Strapping The Roof

It’s interesting how much work a team can do, yet it doesn’t look like any progress was made. Which is what happened over our last BBBBq.

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We worked and worked but it doesn’t look like anything changed in the house. That’s because we were mainly just strapping the roof and walls. You tell me if you see a difference:

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See? Not much for fifteen man-(and woman)-hours worth of work.

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Everything that changed

We had a whole team of slaves come and help us. My brother Justin and his girlfriend Chloé who came over from France! I know what you’re thinking, but it’s not the first time I’ve gotten my French family to work without going on strike!

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Jenna also got to work on the house more than usual as she didn’t have to handle all of the cooking.

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How do you use this thing again?

All those little metal straps, brackets and ties will ensure that our house makes it further than around the corner.

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While we were hammering along, Gabe and Jen worked on the Hurricane Holdowns and framed the dormer windows.

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Helping the only way I know… by keeping the work area clean!

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Finally, Jenna tested her measuring skills to figure out how to cut the sheathing for the dormers (thank you Chloé for snapping a few of those pictures).

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I’m not sure if Justin is helping or waiting for the “beer” part of the BBBBq

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In the end, everyone was rewarded with an eight pound hunk for marinated pork that we threw on the rotisserie. Now here’s an action where we can really see the progress! Not like strapping a house…

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Just in case you didn’t quite notice the difference…

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Justin smells the food…

In case I don’t see ya, good morning, good afternoon, good evening and good night,

-Guillaume

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5 Comments

  1. tonyofthehills
    January 26, 2016 / 10:20 am

    I love how thoroughly you’ve documented here. Keep it up. Oh…and why nails instead of screws? Seems like screws would make more sense for something that moves.

    Cheers

    • January 26, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Thank you! Turns out that screws are pretty strong in pull strength but they are much weaker than nails in shear. The thread of the screw is the weak part. You can use structural screws but they are usually huge and expensive. We didn’t use standard smooth shank nails. We used ring shank nails. Those nails have ribs on the shank and hardened glue. They are almost as hard to pull out as screws! It’s usually the preferred method for framing a tiny house. Our house was framed that way and has traveled over 22,000 miles, including lots of vibration heavy dirt road, and there are no signs of stress.
      Good luck

  2. JW
    February 23, 2015 / 4:31 pm

    palm nailer, would have cut that time down a lot…

  3. November 20, 2013 / 4:47 am

    If you are in Roofing you recognize that there exists a lot of recourses that are total nonsense, luckily your site is simply not one of these sites, i enjoy your content very much, keep up the good job

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