Now that the framers have done their work, it’s time to get ready for another inspection. This time it is sheathing and decking (basically walls and roof). This is the last step before we can get the building dried in, so we are anxious to make it happen to avoid any more rain related emergencies. Inspection prep time can be a bit stressful, but we are trying to tackle one thing at a time and get it all done. (OK, I didn’t even finish writing that sentence before I starting laughing at myself. We are totally NOT tackling one thing at a time. That old saying about chickens with no heads comes to mind, but we’ll still hopefully get it all done.)
What’s on the list?
What are barge rafters, you say? Yeah, we had the same question. Basically, it is just another name for the fascia board on the edge of the roof. (Here’s an explanation if you’d like to know more.) Because our roof decking had gotten wet a few times and was a little buckled, this was a bit of a job, but thanking our wonderful framers took care of it. Here’s a shot I took out the second story window that shows what they were dealing with.
Even though it was a struggle, we ended up with some beautiful looking work like this, which is on the front porch.
If look really hard the picture above (Sorry about the picture quality. The one time the sun wasn’t shining, of course!), you can see the tail end of the trusses as they butt up against the barge rafter. Because we are trying to bring a little character back to the house, we decided to add a detailed cut-out on the rafter tails. That means each truss tail needs to be cut off and replaced with a decorative rafter tail. (We posted a picture on our Instagram that showed us getting the design ready.) It also means that a new rafter tail needs to be cut and attached to replace what was removed. This has probably been a bit more of a production than we anticipated, but we are chipping away at it. Right now, we have a lot of these laying around the house.
We haven’t started installing any of them yet, but they will be in before the inspection because the decking has to be completely nailed in.
Because we live in Florida – read hurricane zone – building codes are quite strict when it comes to tying the structure together. That means straps and brackets galore. The framers had done some of the work, but there was still more to be done. Each window requires a strap that ties together the top plate, the header, and the stud. That is a long strap with a lot of nails. Where there aren’t windows, the studs need to be connected to the bottom and top plates. These are called SP1 and SP2 brackets. (I think I actually had a dream about SP1s and SP2s!)
Thankfully, we had a little help in the form of our neighbor’s grandsons. We got a little help, they got a little experience. It was a win-win. After a day of their hard work, most of the strapping work was done.
On a side note, if you ever take on a project like this and you need to install a bunch of straps and brackets, we have two words for you. Palm nailer. This tool has been indispensable in getting this work done without someone’s arm falling off. (We have this one by Porter Cable.)
Our framers were also kind enough to loan us their framing nailer, which makes this job go even faster.
For those of you who have not had the pleasure of building and sheathing walls, you may not be familiar with this particular task. Despite best (or sometimes slightly less than best) efforts to shoot nails into the studs when attaching the sheathing, everyone misses. When that happens, you end with something that looks like this….
Once you find one, you hit it so that it sticks out a little. Like this…
Each one of those then needs to be pulled out and, if necessary, replaced. Repeat. Repeat. Repeat. Not the most fun task we have encountered so far, but inspectors are not fans of shiners, so it must be done.
Inspection prep isn’t always fun, but it is a sign of progress. Speaking of which, I better get off the computer and go make some progress taking care of those shiners. Until next week….