Rebuild of the West End Overhang is Complete!

Day #123

May 30, 2020 – Today’s goal is to complete the rebuild of the overhang on the west end of the old cottage roof. The construction on this overhang started back in November of 2019. When I finish this, it will be a good day!

To accomplish this task, I will have to add two rafters and the associated overhang outriggers underneath the existing oak roof plank . I already have scaffolding set up in this area to work from.

The installation of the first rafter required thru-bolting to the last rafter of the existing roof structure. To do this I tacked the new rafter in place, drilled the bolt holes and installed the thru bolts. To make it easier to tighten the bolts I pushed them into the holes from inside the attic. Once I had them through the existing rafter I was able to tighten them up from the outside.

Rebuild of the West End Overhang is Complete
New rafter tacked in place under the oak roof plank.
A look inside the attic.
A look inside the attic.
1st New Rafter
The first new rafter for the west end overhang bolted in place.

After I bolt the first rafter in place I install the outside gable end rafter. The overhang outriggers are toe-nailed at the cottage side and end-nailed thru the gable end rafter. With the last of the outriggers installed the rebuild of the west end overhang is complete!

Overhang Outriggers
Overhang outriggers installed.
Rebuild of the West End Overhang is Complete!
Rebuild of the West End Overhang is Complete!

To finish up the day I installed some 30 lb roofing paper on the overhang to dry it in. This is the end of the blue tarps. After I rebuild the roof over the closet bump out, it will be time to bring in our roofing contractor to install the new metal roof.

Satellite Internet Install Take Two

Day #122

May 22, 2020 – After the first canceled HughesNet satellite internet installation I had to go home and reschedule the appointment. I spoke with the third party installation company to make sure that I didn’t have the same guy that screwed us over last weekend. They assured me that it would be a different installer. Once again I set the appointment up for between 11 AM and 2 PM. Since today is Friday I was hoping that it would be okay and turn out well.

Text Confirmation
Satellite internet installation confirmation text.

As an extra precaution I actually came down to the cottage last evening and spent the night.

While I was waiting for the installer to show up I moved a section of scaffolding around to the back where the closet bump out is. The exposed roof joists in this area are visibly rotted. Beyond that I do not know the extent of the situation so it needs investigated.

Closet Bump Out
Scaffolding at closet bump out.
Closet Bump Out
Rotted joist at closet bump out.

Well, 11:00 AM – No Satellite Installer

12:00 PM – No Satellite Installer

1:00 PM – No Satellite Installer

2:00 PM – No Satellite Installer

Now I am really pissed off! At 2:30 PM I gave up on the whole idea of satellite internet.

Somewhere around 3:00 PM the installer comes down the lane and parks in the driveway. As a precaution, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I had a mask on. When the guy gets out of his truck he gets a look at my mask and tells me, “it looks like we won’t be able to do the installation today.” I said, “why not.” He said, “you know, because of your mask. I’m not afraid for me but my mother is immunocompromised.”

Satellite Internet Installer
Third party satellite installer.
Direct TV Dish - Satellite Internet
Our Direct TV removed for HugesNet satellite internet installation.


I had to explain to this dumb ass that just because I had a mask on didn’t mean I had the virus. I actually had to convince him to do the installation.

So he agrees and proceeds to march around the property with his Inclinometer and Compass Satellite Angle Finder Tool. We already have Direct TV so I didn’t think it would be much of a stretch to get satellite internet. I was wrong. The guy was struggling to find an area of open sky where he could see the satellite. We had 13+ trees removed but that didn’t help.

After giving up on a good location he agreed to install it temporarily on the same pole that the Direct TV satellite was on. He removed the Direct TV dish and got it installed. At that point he was not able to get signal on the newer of the two HughesNet satellites. He switched the positioning to the older satellite and was able to get about 80% signal strength.

Next he proceeds to show me that there are two trees in the way of “clear sky”. If these trees grow much more we will not have any signal at all. At that point the signal will be blocked and we will not have support because he has to note the tree interference on his installation report.


He tells me that the decision to leave it installed is up to me. If he leaves it, I have a two year commitment, I will probably not get tech support if I need it, and I will eventually have to cut the two, 100 feet high Oak trees that stand in the way.

FML again!

Well, I did not want to be on the older satellite anyway nor did I like anything about my experience so far with HughesNet. I told the guy to take it off, put the Direct TV dish back on and get out of here.

So much for getting satellite internet. Ugghhhh!

West End Porch Gable

Day #121

May 17, 2020 – On most Sunday’s I only work part of the day. Today was no different. With the threat of rain looming I switched gears a bit and decided to close off the west end porch gable. The east end was started way back here, East End Gable Framing

I framed in the 2×4 cripples and then covered them with 5/8 exterior grade plywood. This made short work of the gable end.

West End Gable Framing
West end porch gable 2×4 framing.
West End Gable Plywood
Closing in the gable with 5/8″ plywood.
West End Porch Gable Framing
West end porch gable closed in.

Sometime along the way, Cody, a.k.a “Salad Shooter” came for a visit. Cody is an utterly disgusting dog belonging to one of the cottages near the beginning of the lane. Since, on occasion, we have a pack of dogs at the cottage, every time Cody is here he comes to visit. If none of our dogs are present he basically “marks” everything in sight and then disappears down the lane.

Cody, a.k.a Salad Shooter, making his rounds.

Before heading home for the week I covered the partially demolished overhang on the back side of the cottage. We are almost rid of the blue tarps. I can’t wait!

Old Overhang Covered
Old overhang covered for the weekend.

To jump ahead to the completion of this end of the roof framing visit this post: Rebuild of the West End Overhang is Complete!

Turn On The Water and Demo the Last Overhang

Day # 120

May 16, 2020 – The title for this blog post, as you can see, is Turn On Water and Demo Last Overhang. I did get the water turned on and the last overhang removed. The bigger story is the Hughes Satellite Internet debacle that we went through. More about that part later.

With the Memorial Day Holiday quickly approaching I decided that it was high time that I fired up the water for this season. It is a whole process. First I install a new filter and connect the filter pipe. Next I install the pressure gauge. After that I install the plug in the bottom of the pump housing and prime the pump chamber. With the pump fully primed I throw on the electric and prey that there are no leaks. Most years there are leaks. This year I lucked out, No Leaks….!

Turn On The Water and Demo the Last Overhang
Water hook up at the pump house.
Baby Painted Turtle
Baby Painted turtle near the pump house.

When the water system is full and the pump shuts off, we confirm that the water heater works and then we are good to go. With that work out of the way I set into removing the last old overhang along the gable end at the back bedroom. This overhang is not framed correctly and must be fixed to allow for the installation of aluminum soffit.

Old Roof Overhang
Fascia removed from the old roof overhang at back bedroom.

The old white fascia is shown in this picture. I was pretty rotted.

Shingles Removed
Shingles removed from overhang.

HughNet Satellite Service

For years we have been hoping that cable internet would be extended to the cottages along our lane. Unfortunately, this has not happened. Our internet options severely limited. One of the only viable options is Satellite Internet. A couple of weeks ago I contacted HughesNet Satellite Service and signed up for satellite installation. Our appointment was scheduled for today, between 11 AM and 2 PM.

Yesterday I received a call from the installer who works for a third party installation company. He was pissed off because “he” doesn’t do installations on Saturday and never that late. I explained to him that we live a couple of hours from the cottage and we could not be there any earlier. I scheduled the installation with HughesNet and as far as I’m concerned his problems are with his employer, not me.

This morning, at 7:00 AM, as I was packing my truck, still in Harrisburg, I received another call from the same asshole. He told me that he would be at the cottage in 30 minutes. I replied, “that’s very nice but our appointment is scheduled between 11 AM and 2 PM. I am still in Harrisburg and cannot possibly be there in 30 minutes”. Well, he was even more pissed off and he took it upon himself to simply cancel the installation. So there you go. Awesome first experience with HughesNet. At least I was able to turn on the water and demo the last overhang. More on this whole internet saga to follow. Stay tuned.

Metal Roofing Estimates

As a side note, the third roofing contractor was supposed to meet us to measure the roof and prepare a cost estimate for new metal roofing. We found out later that he had been to the cottage, did his takeoff and left before we arrived. He called later with his pricing.

The Last of the Hurricane Ties

Day #119

May 9, 2020 – This morning I left the house at 6:30 AM. I arrived at the cottage at 8:20 AM with no clear plan of what I wanted to accomplish. Taking the easy road, I decided to complete the last of the hurricane ties.

Hurricane Tie Installation
Installing hurricane ties around the porch roof from a ladder.

For some reason I didn’t take any pictures of the hurricane tie installation (pictures) but I got a few of the May Snow Storm that I experienced.

May Snow Storm
May snow storm.

While it was snowing I ate a lunch of canned Brunswick Sardines and some fresh Blueberries in my truck. I really like the no salt sardines in spring water. I managed to catch a Northern Flicker poking around for bugs in the yard.

Canned Sardines and fresh Blueberries.
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker poking at bugs.

I wasn’t sure that I would have enough of the hurricane ties to finish but I did.

Before leaving for home I moved the pile of scrap lumber I had sitting in the front yard and raked up the leaves.

Last of the Hurricane Ties
Cleaned up scrap wood pile and leaves.

My heart wasn’t in it today so I packed up and left for home at 2:51 PM. We’ll see ya next weekend.

Plywood Roof Decking and Paper Complete!

Day #118

May 2, 2020 – Today I will complete the plywood roof decking and the felt paper for the new porch. There is not a whole lot to finish, but I will feel good when it is done.

Roof Outriggers
Overhang outriggers on the last section.

At the west end of the new porch I left a small portion of the roof decking open because I ran out of time last winter. You can see the outriggers for the overhang in the image above. In the images below the plywood roof decking is done and I am installing the last of the felt paper.

Roof Decking and Roof Paper
Roof decking and roof paper on the last section.
Roof Decking and Roof Paper
Felt paper installation on the last section near the Pavilion.

After this, the only roof sections remaining are the overhang on the old roof, along the back room and the closet extension on the south side of the cottage.

The old roof overhang is on the right side of the gable end shown in the image below. It is not framed correctly and it will be removed and re-framed at a later date.

The closet extension is not shown but there appears to be some rotted in that location. It too will be removed and re-framed.

Cottage West End

Roof Decking and Paper Complete
Roof Decking and Paper Complete!

It’s an awesome day today. The weather was great and I finished the plywood roof decking and paper on the porch roof. We are not spending the night because I have not yet turned on the water. So, home we go.

Check back often for updates. See ya soon.

West End Overhang Continued

Day #112

November 17, 2019 – Today I am framing the second span of the porch roof overhang on the west end of the new porch. Yesterday I completed the first span. The work today will involve some demolition of the existing overhang on the old cottage roof and some framing around the the vent pipe. Though not big deal I need to exercise caution working around the vent. Because it is PVC, it can easily be snapped off if I hit it with any of the framing boards.

Porch roof overhang.
First span of the porch roof overhang framed yesterday.


After removing the tarps I cut and removed the existing overhang from the old cottage roof. The old overhang was built by simply running the roof decking past the sidewall by one foot. It is one inch thick oak plank and was never closed in with any type of soffit. As a result we have numerous bird, bee and wasp nests to deal with during the season. Soon, the overhangs around the entire cottage are going to have soffit which will eliminate these pests.

Oak Roof Planking
Old overhang demo. One inch oak planking.
Overhang at Vent Pipe
Overhang demo at vent pipe.
Exiting Overhang Demolition
Existing overhang demo complete.

New Framing

After the demo of the existing overhang I built out an extension to the ridge board to accept the second span edge joist. The edge joist installation follows. It attaches to the end of the first span edge joist and the ridge board extension.

Ridge Board Extension - West End Overhang
Extending the ridge board for the edge joist.
Second Span Edge Joist - West End Overhang
Second span edge joist installed.

Similar to the first span once the edge joist is in place I am able to frame in the outriggers to fully complete the framing for the west end overhang.

Outriggers At Vent Pipe - West End Overhang
Outrigger framing at the vent pipe.
Second Span Outriggers
Additional outriggers framed into the west end overhang.

At the end of the day I have to put the blue tarps back over the roof opening to keep the inside dry. So far I haven’t had any leaks inside the cottage. Knock on wood.

Dry In
Tarps installed to maintain dry in until next time.

In the next installment I will place the last of the plywood roof sheathing and roofing felt on this new overhang framing. Stay tuned, the renovation continues.

Porch Roof Overhang – West Side

Day #111

November 16, 2019 – The goal for this weekend is to frame the porch roof overhang on the west side of the deck. The west side is at the pavilion end of the deck. I am getting closer to the completion of the roof and this is the last of the roof framing for the new porch. The first overhang was framed way back here: Overhang Framing At New Kitchen Addition

First things first, I remove the blue tarps to expose the open roof. Next I extend the framing out from second to the last joist to establish a one foot overhang. These extensions are called outriggers. With one outrigger extended and the fascia board cut to the correct length, I install the last roof joist, i.e. the edge joist, along the overhang.

Blue Tarp - Porch Roof Overhang
Open roof covered with blue tarps.
Outrigger extended to create a one foot overhang.
2nd Outrigger
Fascia board extended to create the bottom of the porch roof overhang.
Edge Joist
The last roof joist along the edge of the overhang.

After the edge joist is installed additional outriggers are placed to complete the overhang. The outriggers are 16′ inches apart to facilitate the installation of plywood roof decking with minimal cutting and minimum waste.

Framing additional outriggers.
Overhang Ladder Framing - Porch Roof Overhang
Outriggers and edge joist along the overhang.
Outriggers and Edge Joist - Porch Roof Overhang
Porch roof overhang framing.

The framing you see in the pictures above establishes the overhang from the outside of the new porch up to the existing wall of the cottage. I have been calling this the first span of the new roof in previous posts so I’ll be consistent. This is the first span of porch roof overhang on the western side of the deck. Amen.

Framing the porch roof overhang involves more cutting and measuring so it takes me a little longer to complete. This is it for today. Tomorrow I will frame the overhang on the second span of roof along the western side.


My last blog in 2019 was published on December 5th and it covered day #110. As often happens, life gets in the way, and it forces you in a different direction. In my case, it stopped my writing for a short while.

I would like to record as accurate a transcript as I can of the cottage renovation. To that end, I am picking up where I left off last fall. Over the next several days or weeks there will be a flurry of posts as I attempt to get caught up. If it’s too much, feel free to opt out or write me back and I’ll remove you from the list.

Thankx…..Gyeem Raj-Du-Kamar

2nd Span Roof Rafters

Day #110

November 02, 2019 – Back after a few weekends off. I’ll be framing the 2nd span of rafters in the last roof section. First I remove the temporary weather protection (blue tarps) to expose the old roof planks.

Temporary Weather Protection
Peeling back the blur tarps.

Old Oak Roof Planking

Old oak roof planking exposed.

With the tarps removed I begin cutting and removing the top 7 or 8 rows of the oak roof planking. This gives me access to the existing ridge board.

After I have access to the existing ridge board I can install the galvanized joist hangers and begin setting the 2nd span roof rafters.

2nd Span Roof Rafters
Ridge beam exposed, galvanized hangers and 2nd span roof rafters.

The process of roof plank demo, hanger installation and rafter setting continues until I reach the end of the new porch roof. After the last 2nd span rafter is set into place I drop back and nail everything up. 

2nd span roof rafters
Setting the roof rafters.
Roof Rafters
One rafter left.

This gets me to the end of the day. No rain is expected tonight so I can get away with just a few tarps to cover over the roof. Tomorrow I’ll be installing the new plywood sheathing on the last roof section. We are getting closer to the metal roof installation!

Roof Rafters Section Three

Day #109

October 13, 2019 – Today is a milestone day! I started the roof rafters in section three. It won’t be long until the roof framing is complete.

Toady Frogmeyer came over to see what I was up to. I offered him some coffee but he wasn’t having any of it. Anyway….

Toady Frogmeyer
Toady Frogmeyer comes to visit.

To install the first span of roof rafters I construct a short knee wall. The wall is framed on the ground and then lifted into place atop the the existing exterior wall. After the framing is fastened, it is gusseted with plywood sheathing. This knee wall provides support at the mid span of the roof rafters.

Knee Wall
Constructing the knee wall on saw horses on the ground.
Knee Wall Framing
Knee wall framing set atop the exterior wall.
Plywood Gusseting - Roof Rafters Section Three
The knee wall is covered with plywood and the roof rafter installation begins.

Once the knee wall is complete I begin setting the first span of roof rafters in section three. There are twelve rafter in this last section. I hustled up all twelve rafters and had the last one set in place by about 2:30 PM. At about 3:45 PM I had the blue tarps nailed back down to keep out any inclement weather.

Roof Rafters Section Three
Roof rafters section three are set into place.
Blue Tarps
Roof section three temporary weather protection.

After I cleaned up I headed for home. The renovation and the second span of section three roof rafters will be on hold for the next two weekends. We have a PANA Conference at Bedford Springs next weekend and a SOFA Designer Bag Bingo the following weekend. I’m sure we will soon be fighting the weather and I also have to drain down and water and winter safe the drains. Busy, busy, busy….!