Old Stone House

Board, Baton and Soffit

October 22, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 4:52 pm

soffitthumb.jpgBetween this blog, my house, and work, my life centers on ‘updating’. Every time I finish updating the house, I try to update my blog. In truth, the updating of the house has stolen a bit of my vigor for updating the blog.

However, all is not lost! I managed to spend the better part of this week making slow but steady progress on the back of the house. I replaced all of the soffits around the bathroom, as well as bang out all the kinks in the gutters and down pipes. I finally found the hole that the squirrel had been using to live in the soffits, as well as his 35lb nest. Sadly, I also discovered that parts of the roof are ‘weak’, and some genius sealed up the air passage between the soffits and the roof rafters.

(For the uninitiated, it’s important that the roof – from peak to gable-end to soffit – be allowed to breath. This allows the top of the house to acclimatize to the elements, and prevents hot air from becoming trapped. In the wintertime, a roof that doesn’t breathe builds up heat that melts snow on the roof, which turn into ice damns. This is the reason so many old houses have ice problems – the roofs don’t have proper air flow.)

While a good renovator would be fixing the roof, I will be leaving it for another season. The roof will need to be replaced in the next year or so, and when that time comes I will fix the outstanding issues. My thinking: the house has lasted this long, it will last one more year…

All of the board and baton that ‘could’ be installed is in place. Each board needed 6 pilot-holes drilled for the cement screws and a good coat of adhesive before being screwed to the cinder block wall. I’ve left a number of board-widths around the windows unsheathed so that when it comes time, it should be a snap to add the remaining sheeting.

I also managed to fabricate a number of bits of flashing for around the large windows as well as the roof, which surprise surprise, had NO flashing – but a generous, aging, coat of tar.

In the midst of all of this we have had some very cruel weather. This past summer it rained 4 times. This past week it rained 4 times. Screw you mother nature you vindictive cow. Nothing beats standing on a 6/12 pitch roof in smooth-soled work boots in a torrential downpour while holding a 12’ length of aluminum down pipe.



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