Friday, August 28, 2009

don't have a cow, man.

holy cow! i've really been neglecting posting lately. apologies to my adoring fans. all two of you! :)

so anyway, on to the reason i've been inattentive (okay, that's a lie, i've still be READING blogs, just not posting anything...) so...yeah...anyhooskies...

we've finally started tackling the roof. and it's everything i thought it would be and more. meaning it's completely terrifying, just like i thought it would be.

no, seriously, i kid you not. our roof has a 10/12 pitch, which translates to holy s#!+ freaking steep. in fact, that's why our estimates came in so high (oh, i didn't tell you that we were too cheap to just pay someone to do this? well, now you know) was because of the pitch. in addition, there is, like, NOTHING to hang on to. we have roof jacks, but that doesn't really help me. if i start sliding, what am i supposed to do, grab the person standing next to me? i think not.

so, it's taken me about three weeks to get used to being up there. and being sore. and being hot and dirty. and gross and sweaty. but i'm officially "used" to being up there. for the most part. the other day, i totally tripped over a bundle of shingles and almost fell to my death. but you know, i'm brave like that.

here's the process we go through.

1. rip up old nasty white interlocking shingles.

2. rip up old nasty MOLDY tar paper.

3. hang on for dear life, go down backwards and rip up old shake shingles.

4. shake splinters into a million pieces and you end up digging most of it out of the attic.

5. pull out the nails that were holding the shake on. SIX nails per shingles. yikes.

6. measure and cut new decking. nail to roof.

7. measure and cut new tar paper. nail to roof.

8. measure and cut new shingles. nail to roof (at least we have a nail gun for this part...)

9. move to different part of roof and repeat process. over, and over, and over, and over again.

on to the pictures...the action shots were taken by my mom. she didn't get on the roof, but still ended up hurting her back somehow. oh, we carpenter's really know how to hurt ourselves!

just a reminder of what the roof looked like before we started.

k on his belly digging at the shake under the siding.

dad and i pulling out nails (i look super excited) and k and his dad putting some new shingles on.

ripping up the old crap.

haha, k's butt looks funny because he was sitting on the ridge

1 comment:

  1. That looks miserable. Have you started wishing that you just paid soemone? :)


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