Exterior Wall Demo & Porch Section 3 Roof Framing

Cottage Porch Framing

Day #100

September 08, 2019 – Today is renovation day 100. A milestone? Anyway, we continued the exterior wall demo in front of the bathroom. Late in the day I was able to start the roof framing in porch section 3. It was a pretty good day.

There is no more wood rot in the front wall! This morning Ryan and Robrandi removed the siding from the exterior wall in front of the bathroom. All of the oak planking in this area looks good. The last section, along the back bedroom was repaired way back in June of 2018.

Siding Removal
Exterior wall demo Continues.
Exterior Wall Demo
Oak planking at the bathroom.
Tinnler Roofing
Tinnler Roofing on exterior wall demo.

I forgot that the deck spans as we near the back bedroom are slightly greater than 8 feet. One is 8′-8″ and the next is like 8′-4″. I previously purchased 8 foot long 2×10’s to use in the porch beam construction. Obviously they are short and won’t work. While Robrandi and Ryan headed to out to get me some longer boards I continued the exterior wall demo along the bathroom.

When my team returned with the longer 2×10’s I built the next two porch beams. We installed them atop the next set of posts, plumbed them up, braced them off and called it a day. Next weekend I’ll start the porch ceiling joists and solid blocking.

Porch Framing
Porch beams in roof section 3.
Tyvek Building Wrap
Building wrap on the exterior wall at the bathroom.

Plywood Roof Deck & Felt Paper

Day #99

September 07, 2019 – Up early this morning. Lots of fog on the river. After our morning coffee at the lookout, I continued the plywood roof deck installation that I started yesterday.

Juniata River Fog
Fog on the Juniata River.

The new roof has a low pitch so the plywood roof deck is not difficult to install. The hardest part is getting it up onto the roof!

Plywood Roof Decking
Plywood roof decking in progress.

Although not show here, between each row, I place metal deck clips to help support the plywood edges.

Plywood Roof Deck
The Lookout from the new porch roof.

I like to chalk line the rafter locations so that I know I am hitting each rafter as I nail down the plywood. Not every carpenter does this, I’m just anal.

Plywood Roof Deck - Chalk Lines
Chalk lines to guide the pneumatic nailing.

Early in the afternoon I finished the plywood decking and immediately started to roll out and nail down the roofing paper. Because the first roof section we completed had 15 lb. felt I rolled a layer of 30 lb. felt over top. We had a pin hole leak at one of the plywood deck joints.

Carpenter Gyeem
Gyeem Raj-Du-Kamar nailing down roof paper.

I worked a bit late but managed to get the entire section covered with roofing felt. We now have two porch roof sections dried in. Tomorrow we will start the third section. Hoo Raw!

Second Span Roof Rafters

Day #98

September 06, 2019 – Yesterday I completed the roof rafter installation on the first span. Today I am continuing the roof rafters on the second span. The second span runs fron the mid span knee wall to the ridge of the existing roof.

Roof Rafters First Span
First span roof rafters complete.

The roof rafters in the second span must connect to the existing ridge board. In order to gain access to the ridge board I need to cut and remove sections of the old oak roof planking. With the planking removed I can fasten the new rafters to the ridge with galvanized joist hangers.

Holes In Roof
Holes in the existing roof to access the ridge board.
Second Span Roof Rafters
Second span roof rafters in progress.

Tinnler (Tinder?) Roofing

As I am installing the rafters, one of the “Tinnler Roofing” employees is stripping the shingles from the next section of roof. Man that Tinnler (Tinder) Roofing is really great! I think their slogan is “Get a Date and Go Up On a Roof” (or something like that).

Tinder Roofing
Tinder Roofing on the jerb!

With the rafters in the second span complete, the plywood decking can be installed. To cover this section of roof we need 12 sheets of plywood. Since we are not keeping a large stockpile of material on site, once again we are off to the Lewistown Lowe’s.

Second Span Rafters
Second span roof rafters almost complete.
Lewistown Lowe's
Lewistown Lowe’s for a load of roof deck plywood.

We got back with the plywood but the sun was on the way down. I only got two sheets installed before we had to quit for the evening.

Roof Deck Installation
Roof decking installation.

Tomorrow I will complete the plywood roof decking and hopefully the roofing felt. This will dry in this section and we can move on to section three. When this section is complete we have two more identical sequences to finish the new porch roof. Our goal is to complete the roof structure and hire a “real” roofing contractor to install the metal roofing material. We will see how that goes.

Closed Up
Tarped over and dried in for the night.

Mid Span Knee Wall & Roof Rafters

Day #97

September 05, 2019 – The ceiling joists are complete. The next step is to construct a mid span knee wall to help support the roof rafters. Our roof span on the new porch side is 24 feet. The midpoint of this span is at the exterior wall of the cottage. The mid span knee wall is constructed on top of the exterior wall. Simple as that…

I build the knee wall framing on the ground on saw horses and then I hoist it onto the roof.

Mid Span Knee Wall
Framing for the mid span knee wall on the roof.

Once the framing is plumbed up and nailed into place, I face the knee wall with 5/8″ exterior grade plywood to keep it square and help stiffen it up.

Mid Span Knee Wall - Plywood Facing
5/8″ plywood facing on the knee wall.


At this point I am out of lumber so I cover the roof and make a make a quick trip to my favorite store, the Lewistown Lowe’s. Be back soon…

Roof Tarp
Covered over for a quick trip to Lowe’s.

Whew, I’m back….

With the plywood facing complete, I begin setting the roof rafters in place. The first span of rafters run from the porch edge beams over to the mid span knee wall, atop the exterior cottage wall.

Mid Span Knee Wall - Roof Rafter
First roof rafter set in place. Bearing on the porch beams.
Mid Span Knee Wall - Roof Rafter
First roof rafter in place. Bearing on the mid span knee wall.

I continued setting the first span of roof rafters until it was time to clean up and grab some dinner.

Roof Rafters
First Span – All roof rafters set.

As always, before I left, I closed it up for the night.

Roof Trap
Tarped over and closed in for the night.

Tomorrow I will install the second span of rafters. They will run from the mid span knee wall up to the ridge board of the existing cottage roof. Nearing completion on the second roof section, exciting stuff!

Ceiling Joist Solid Bridging

Day #96

September 04, 2019 – Just a short blog today. Woke up this morning feeling tired. Not sure what is going on. Maybe it was the constant up and down the ladders, but the only thing I accomplished today was the installation the of the ceiling joist solid bridging.

I’ve written before about solid bridging. To recap:

Solid bridging provides lateral support to twisted joists and it helps them maintain a vertical orientation. It also facilitates load sharing. Load sharing across wooden joists is important because of the large variation in material properties found between the joists.

Solid Bridging Installation – The Blistered Palm
Ceiling Joist Solid Bridging
Solid bridging installation.

The ceiling joist solid bridging is complete in roof section two.

Solid Bridging
Solid bridging, section two, from above.

Tomorrow I will start the roof rafter installation. The weather has been awesome all week. I hope to get more done than I did today.

Porch Roof Construction Continues

Porch Roof Framing

Day #95

September 03, 2019 – Hooray! Today I re-started the new porch roof construction. It’s taken awhile to rebuild the rotted out front wall, and thankfully, that is now complete, so let’s go.

This is the second roof section of the new porch addition the first section was started way back on June 16, 2019.

The first step is to set, plumb and brace the 4×4 Douglas Fir posts. These support the edge beams which in turn support the ceiling joists and rafters.

Douglas Fir Posts
Set, plum and brace the porch roof posts.

Next, the edge beams are constructed from 1/2 exterior grade plywood sandwiched between two, 2×10 boards. Panel adhesive and 16 penny nails, on both sides, join the beams together.

Once complete, we lift the beams into place on top of the Douglas Fir posts. G90 Galvanized wood to wood wall ties keep the beams aligned and together.

Porch Roof Construction
G90 wood to wood wall ties.
Porch Roof Construction - Beams
Porch Roof Construction – posts and beams installed.

2×6 ceiling joists are next. The ceiling joists span from the exterior living room wall out to the porch beams. They will hold up the porch ceiling.

Porch Roof Construction - Ceiling Joists
Porch Roof Construction – ceiling joists installed.

With the daylight waning I set the last ceiling joist of this section and cleaned up for the night. Tomorrow I’ll continue the porch roof construction with the installation of the solid bridging between the ceiling joists. See you then…

Rough Opening – Living Room Window

Day #94

September 1, 2019 – We installed the stud framing and header for a new living room window today. The rough opening size is 7 feet wide by 4 feet high. This is a fairly large window and should provide a great view. With the new sliding door alongside we should also have plenty of natural light.

Exterior Wall
Exterior wall framing in progress.

Throughout the build we had several guest carpenters, helpers and Labor Day Revelers on site.

Guest Carpenter
Guest carpenter nailing up the window header.
Guest Carpenter
Personalized window header!
Helpers and Labor Day Revelers.
Rough Opening
Living room window from the inside.
Rough Opening
Living room rough opening from the outside.
Lots of helpers closing in the opening.
Helpers and Labor Day Revelers closing in the opening.

Luckily, we were able to cover the opening before the Hurricane Dan Rain Storm blew in.

No Rain!
…and then the annual Hurricane Dan Rain Storm blew in.

The front wall demolition and repair is complete from the old kitchen door across to the bathroom wall. This encompasses the entire section where the original porch roof connected. Due to the lack of slope on the old roof, we experienced a long lasting roof leak along this wall. Now, I am happy to report that all of the rotted wood, mold and wet insulation has been removed. The area is re-framed and we are ready to continue the new porch roof!

Living Room Window Demo

Day #93

August 30, 2019 – Continuing to prepare for the next roof section on the new porch, today’s plan includes living room window demo. Because we have disturbed the mice living in the attic I have to start out with the mice eradication image.

Mouse #1
Attic Mouse no more!

Let this be a warning to anymore of you mice out there. We have a zero tolerance policy in effect! Sorry…

Before I can do the living room window demo, I need to remove an electric outlet that is in the way. Up in the attic, I disconnected and removed more of the two conductor wire that feeds the outlet. In the process, I came across more burn spots on the insulation.

Old Wiring
More old wiring with burn marks.

After it was disconnected I removed the old outlet. When the living room window demo and re-framing is complete, new wiring and outlets will be installed in this area.

Old Outlet
Old electric outlet.

With this receptacle removed I cleaned out the rest of the rotted top plate. The nails sticking out of the ends of the roof rafters were cut out with a hack saw. In order to fit in the new top plate I had to jack up the living room ceiling. I used a piece of old 2×4 oak wall stud to replace the top plate. It went pretty smoothly.

Top Plate Rot
Rotted top plate, rafter and ceiling joist in exterior wall.
Nails sticking out of the end of a rotted roof rafter.
Ceiling Jack
Jacking up the ceiling joists to make room for a new top plate.
New Top Plate
New to plate installed.

Living Room Window Removed!

With the top plate repaired I removed more of the oak planking and eventually the living room window. At the end of the day we put up a tarp to temporarily cover the opening for the night.

Living Room Window Demo
Living room window demo.
Living Room Window Demo
Closed in with a trap for the night.

When we return, We’ll be framing up the front wall and creating the rough opening for the new living room window. Y’all come back now….

Temporary Front Door

Cot-Taj-Mahal Renovation

Day #92

August 25, 2019 – After removing the “snake tarp” I reinstalled the old door frame, metal door and screen door. The temporary front door is inside the rough opening for the new sliding door.

Entry Door Rough Opening
Rough opening for the new entry door.

I had to patch a small area of rotted wood on the threshold before I covered it with treated plywood. The threshold is a little high in the center so it will need some additional work before we put in the new door. Shouldn’t be to hard to level it out.

High Performance Wood Putty
High performance wood putty patch at threshold.

After the old door was reinstalled I closed in the remainder of the opening with exterior grade plywood and covered the area with Lowe’s building wrap. This will keep us dry and the temporary front door will keep us secure until the new door shows up.

Frame - Temporary Entry Door

Metal Door - Temporary Entry Door
The existing metal door is reinstalled.
Screen Door
The screen door was next.
Temporary Entry Door
Temporary entry door dried back in for the week.

Next weekend is the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Family and friends will be visiting so I’m not sure how much renovation we will get done. We always have a great time on Labor Day and I’m sure this holiday will be no different. Everybody drive safely and keep an eye out for the poe poe police.

Entry Door Rough Opening

Day #91

August 24, 2019 – Before the roof framing can continue, we must repair the front wall along the length of the living room. The majority of this wall is rotted out from years of water leaking through the old porch roof. We’ve been working on this for several weekends but I think we are nearing the end of the rotted section. After framing the rough opening for the new entry door, and removing living room window, I think we will have all the rotted wood repaired.

This morning I started removing the siding and oak planking around the front door. I removed the screen door, the front door and the door frame. The door frame came out in one piece. We will be able to re-use it, temporarily, while we wait on the delivery of the new door.

Front Door Demo
Screen door, front door and frame removed.
Front Door Frame
The front door frame in one piece!

I hit another big section of rotted oak planking next to the living room window. This was the end of the old porch. Basically, in this area, any water that hit the old porch roof was rolling backward into the exterior wall. It’s a mess!

Rotted Wood
Hopefully the last section of rotted wood.
Rotted Wood Planking
Close up of the rotted oak planking near the living room window.

Rough Opening

Near the end of the day I got the rough opening studs, header and jack studs put together and installed in the opening. The new entry door rough opening is 72″×80″. To re-use the old door and frame I had to increase the opening height three inches to 83″. Once I have the new entry door I can block the opening down to 80″ so that it fits.

Entry Door Rough Opening
Entry door rough opening framing in progress.

Before we left for dinner we installed a “snake tarp” across the opening. Thankfully there is no rain in the forecast this evening. We are hoping that the “snake tarp” keeps the snakes that live under the cottage from coming in. Tomorrow I will re-install the old door and close up the opening for the week.

Snake Tarp - Entry Door Rough Opening
Entry door rough opening covered with a “Snake Tarp” for the night.

Before dinner we stopped at Lowe’s in Lewistown and placed the order for the new sliding entry door. We purchased a Pella 350 Series Vinyl Sliding Patio Door. Delivery will take 3 to 4 weeks. It’s very exciting!

Tomorrow I will re-install the old door frame, door and screen door and temporarily close in the remainder of the opening while we wait on the delivery of the new door.