Weekend 7 of Construction


The weekend of the Super Moon – and much rain. We had grand plans to start the loft this weekend, but alas, we mostly just worked on the roof, in the rain and in between the rain.

Roofing generally goes in this order: apply braces and measure to make sure your walls are square and sturdy. Make your rafters if you are building a house with a curved roof like ours. Toe-screw your rafters in place, make and apply bird-block (so-called because the blocks have holes with metal mesh over them, to ventilate the roof without allowing birds to nest in it) and apply hurricane clips. Drill small holes in the peak of the rafters to allow cross-ventilation of roof spaces. Apply fascia (we used cedar) as a drip edge, apply 3/8″ exterior-grade plywood to the roof in the rain with staples, follow up with screws. Try not to slip off the wet, slick roof and die.

For those not on the roof in the rain, stand in the house with 5 gallon buckets and towels trying to keep up with the flood before it soaks into the floor. Re-cover the roof with non-perforated plastic, tack down. When all done, stand in your house and sip hot tea, wet and tired but so stoked with the feel of the space. Or at least that is what we did. In pictures:


Sheeting the roof


Sheeting the roof at night to get ahead of the rain


Applying curved fascia to the end of the gable


Buckets catching the rain flooding in through the holey plastic


Almost done sheeting the roof!


Re-sheeted in new plastic, with all windows and doors covered. Safe from the rain!


Soaked and tired puppy that refused to go inside out of the rain. She had to be where we were!

Started researching propane systems, and since the dad had concerns with the weight of galvanized electrical boxes, I looked up alternatives to steel. And guess what? All of the alternatives are made out of… PVC. The current standard in natural gas lines is CSST, or corrugated stainless steel tubing, which is made with flexible steel, covered in PVC. Extra flexible PVC, which we know has even more scary plasticizers in it than plain PVC vinyl. And the “thermoplastic” blue boxes are made from PVC as well. It’s starting to make me mad. Just say No! to #!&@ PVC in your house! So… we will deal with the heavy metal electrical boxes, and only run short lines of black steel pipe for the stove and hot water heater. We were going to run a line to the back of our fridge area just in case we could find a propane RV fridge, but you know, the more I think about propane and the fossil fuels it represents, and also the chemicals it releases when burned, I would rather not have a fridge than propane dependency. Or hold out until we can afford a 12v solar fridge. Eventually we may replace our adorable propane stove with an alcohol one as they look promising, and find a water tank that fits around the pipe of our wood stove like the Swedes do in their hunter’s cabins. Dunno. The non-toxic choice is always so HEAVY, and it has me panicked about weight. Suggestions?

About noxnouveau

Currently building a tiny house in Oregon.

Posted on June 24, 2013, in Construction, Plumbing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

KDD & Co

Award-winning Scottish publishing and design

Tales from Runehaven

Not all who wander are lost.

My Chemical-Free House

Construction of a mythical tiny house

Casita Bella

Chronicling the unfurling of a beautiful little house.

Naj Haus

Art, nature & transformations: lessons of a tiny house.

My Tiny Abode

Construction of a mythical tiny house


Creating "new" from old, building and living in a tiny "reclaimed" house. Beginning in 2012, I will live in this 216 square foot space as I pursue my PhD studies in Literature and the Environment. In this way, I hope to live a little smaller, leave a little lighter, and learn in what ways formal study can be acted in the every day.


A blog for Turning Around America


And the Timber Frame Tiny House


Japanese Goodness and Wonder Stuff

%d bloggers like this: