August 3rd, 2008 update status

Executive summary: Ridgecaps installed, more soffits, lots more shakes

Back to the salt mines in terms of soffits, and time to cut angles on the shakes, to fill in the corners. A lovely view of the strings for the soffits, and the chalk line is visible in the lower right. The chalk line was invaluable for keeping the lines of shakes straight. An entirely too dark view of the unfinished SE soffit. The Unfinished SW soffit. But, with a working nailgun, the stringers were easy to run up to the peak. Yours truly, doing a self-portrait at the peak. A view of the situation below. Another BucketOShakes[tm], hanging from an old piece of wire twisted onto the ladder. Note that THIS BucketOShakes[tm] is fitted with the optional ChalkLineRepository[tm], and has a semi-nailed spacer strip, too.

Almost done with the south side... Now comes the funny cuts at the peak, and the hard-to-cut soffit boards. I did the peak first, because those are the hardest to cut. Also, I wanted to be working my way DOWN the ladder for a change. With the top few soffit plates in, the angles for the shakes can get cut. To be honest, the angled shakes go in first, so they fit UNDER the soffit plates, to avoid any water infiltration, should the laws of gravity suddenly be repealed. These soffit plates are made from 40-year old 1x10s, that were originally the roofboards of the garage. One-and-a-quarter inch drywall screws hold them in place. From the ground, the soffits and angled shakes make a HUGE difference in appearance.

Note that soffit plates sometimes require fancy cuts, as it's not a smooth line that the shakes make. Here is one of the fancy soffit plates, cut to shape, with drywall screws started. Note that screwholes are all pre-drilled. Another view of the soffit plate, and of my left forearm. Here is where the plate needs to go. Test fitting the plate. Houston, it looks like one of the ground crew cut this wrong... E.V.A.Team, we recommend using the Mk 1 chisel to reshape the wood as necessary. Test fitting 2, followed by a firm tap with the heel of the hand results in a snug fit. And the view of the soffits from below.

More soffits go into place. And here is my grand worksite, carefully organized. Well, something like that anyway. Progress is fast on the soffits, slower on the angled pieces. Once again, torn down for the day.

All soffits on South side completed. SouthEast soffits finished.

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