Thursday 12 July 2012

Lean To Roof

We finished battening the lean to roof between to two stone walls this morning. It's been a good job despite the weather and nice to work with another carpenter for a change.
All the rafters had to be cut to individual lenghs, although there wasn't a huge difference between the lenghts (around 20mm in places) its a much tidier job to cut them all like this giving tight "birds mouths" on each one.
All the rafters up
We then fitted the fascia and soffit. The fascia was notched to take the soffit, as although it's more work it gives a much tidier finish and allows for movement in the timber. With the soffit we just finished it past where the stone wall will be built up to, this saves us having to scribe it to the stone work and gives a straight line to finish to.
Fascia board and soffit showing notched detail and mitre for joint
 The next job was to get some felt on the roof and fix the battens at the spacing required for the slates that are going to be used.
Roof felted and battened ready for slates
View form the underside. A row of noggins to be added to firm it up
I love roofing and July is normally the best month for doing it, but the weather has been so rubbish its been more like April, with heavy showers coming and going in the blink of an eye. Still we've a few more roofs to put up and alter in the next few weeks so all we can do is hope for a bit of sunshine!


  1. Thanks for popping by my blog today and admitting you know how to make potpourri .. from childhood ;) I bet you have a good eye for what flowers make the best looking mixture :) I enjoyed visiting your two blogs. Somehow my gr. grandfather's building skills have been genetically passed down several more generations. He was a master carver/carpenter/crafstman that immigrated to the USA from Denmark. There are many of his grandkids & great grandkids that are fairly handy with carpentry work. I just designed and had our home built in 2007. Hiring an engineer/general contractor .. draftsman and engineering firm .. seeing to every detail from the foundation, wood trim, siding ... every detail large and small completed. Somehow, during this building process, I kept thinking about how my grandfather would be happy with the end result.

    I shall look forward peeking in now and then to see how your building project is coming along.

    1. Thanks for the comment. It's nice to continue with family traditons and strenghts, my whole family is very practical so we normally end up with practical trades/occupations! I'd love to see some of your grandfathers carvings.
      Alas, it's not my building project, I'm one of the carpenters working on this site. I wish it was my house, Mine is quite a bit smaller!

  2. From the snapshots, I could say that you and your team work very neatly. Roofing is not a very easy and safe job, man. Always be careful and watch your colleagues’ backs too, especially when working on the roof. Always wear boots with good traction to avoid slipping. It’s a good thing too that you began your construction during the summer, when the hardest thing you’re going have to deal with is the summer weather. Good luck with the edges, though. Those are usually the biggest challenge in laying a felt roof. Common cases are: the edge of the felt might drain into a gutter, the edge of the roof might not feed into a gutter, or the roof butts up to a vertical wall.

    Lino Kosters

    1. We watch each others backs, but as for doing the project in the summer - we've had so much rain you'd never guess what season it is!
      This isn't going to be a felt roof but slate, the edges will use lead flashing chisled into groves in the stone wall with soakers under each slate.
      Cheers for your comment

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