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The Belgian Mare Says Hello!

Friday, August 5, 2011

As the Dog Said to the Cat: Roof!

The boys from Bellows arrived early this morning to install the metal roofing.  As the truck and trailer were backing in, I did a bit of a double-take; the trailer appeared empty!  Was something happening that I was not aware of? Upon closer examination, it was apparent that the trailer did indeed contain the necessary metal roofing to complete the assigned task.  However, given my inexperience in matters pertaining to the installation of metal roofing,  I did not realize that the sum total of metal roofing necessary to cover a 16x32 foot building amounted to exactly  a 1.5 inch stack of roofing.  Weighing in a bit north of 600lbs, it constituted a decidedly dense load.

True to form, the fellows from Bellows engaged in the task at hand with the alacrity of seasoned professionals and upon my arrival the roof was in place and the crew long departed. Many thanks for a job well done.

Below is a picture of the new roof.  I have also included a photo from little more than a year ago to remind everyone where we started.

Where we started ...

...where we are today.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Closing Up

The fellows from Bellows have beenworking with their usual speed.  They have closed up the building and we are awaiting the metal roofing.  Their most recent doings included bracing the upper floor and adding a beam to stabilize the wall extension.  Then they tar-papered the roof.  So right now, things are fairly weather tight.  They also trimmed the rafters and added a facia board.  On the gable ends, they put in flying rafters and facia boards.  It looksvery nice. The building is really taking shape.

All closed up.

Trimmed rafters and facia boards.

Interior showing loft braces.  The new beam is at the very top of the photo.