February 19, 2019

Carport Repair: Extending the Roof

While I've been blogging about mushrooms, cheese, and baby goats, here's what Dan's been up to.





Diamond joint

Snoopervisor Sam performing a strength test.









It's level!








Snoopervisor Sam performing the final inspection.

The next step will be the metal roofing panels, but we're heading into a long stretch of rainy days so it may be awhile before it's weather friendly for that.

21 comments:

Michelle said...

Such fine craftsmanship, and with hand-milled lumber to boot! My admiration is off the charts.

Retired Knitter said...

I am so envious of folks who can do these kinds of things ... independent of external professionals. My husband and I are not gifted that way - although our son seems to be more inclined towards do-it-yourself being self taught (obviously never learning any of that from us.). Great job!

Sheryl said...

Hi Leigh your new carport extension will look fantastic,fingers crossed the rain stays away so that Dan can finish it,hope you have a lovely day my friend xx

Leigh said...

Michelle, thank you!

RT, Dan would say "YouTube." Anything he doesn't know how to do he learns from YouTube videos. If it wasn't for that, a lot wouldn't get done around here, because most professionals want to charge more than we're able to pay.

Sheryl, thanks! I think the roof will have to wait for awhile. Our forecast is for a week's worth of rain!

Mama Pea said...

I echo Michelle's comment exactly! Realizing your ability to work outside year-round, because of your climate, makes me wonder if by this time in our lives we would have a completely set-up homestead exactly as we've always imagined it or . . . if we'd be six feet under because of lack of a rest period! ;o}

J.L. Murphey said...

Love those joints. Signs of a true craftsman. Cockeyed Jo

Nancy @ Little Homestead In Boise said...

I love those beams, gorgeous and smart not to sink wood in the ground!

Ed said...

I'll never tire seeing those woodworking joints.

I agree, Youtube is a godsend for people like myself.

Mike Yukon said...

Looking good! We can tell Dan really enjoys his working with wood and old school barn building. Keep it up you're almost finished! :-)

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Wow, Leigh, that looks amazing already!! Your hubby really knows his carpentry!!

Leigh said...

Mama Pea, there's are positives and negatives to every homestead environment! I sometimes wish our winters weren't so mild. We'd like have less weeds and a longer season to recuperate from summer's busyness!

Jo, Dan looked at a number of joints and finally decided this one would take the fewest cuts! It did turn out well.

Nancy, agreed. Of course our home-milled lumber isn't treated, so ground contact isn't a good idea!

Ed, I don't know what we'd do without it!

Mike, thanks! Yes, Dan definitely enjoys this kind of building. So nice to use our own timber too.

Debbie, he's always game to give it a try. And I think he enjoys learning new techniques. YouTube is our best teacher!

M.K. said...

Looks great! What a useful structure that will be.

Susan said...

Gosh, he does pretty work! I'm going to have to remember that diamond joint.

Rose said...

Oh, Leigh, loving seeing the progress, the fitting together. It is superb workmanship.

Love Affair with Food said...

The extension to your carport looks fabulous.

wyomingheart said...

It is marvelous that the talents you and Dan have, work together so beautifully! That extension will be a fantastic addition to your space, and beyond!

Leigh said...

M.K. we have plenty of plans to make it useful!

Susan, the diamond joint is pretty neat, huh? He chose it because he thought it looked the easiest!

Rose, we love seeing it too. Will be glad when the rain is done because it's put everything on hold.

Love, thank you!

Wyomingheart, thanks! We've talked about how to use this space for years. So glad it's finally becoming a useful reality.

Sam I Am...... said...

Your husband is amazing! Where did he learn all that? That is the old way of building? He's so precise. What is that tool that looks like a ruler but I've never see anything like it...a level of some sort? It looks great and almost done! Will it hurt the wood to get wet? BTW, how is his hand doing? It doesn't seem to stop him from building....that's good. I hope he's not in pain with it.

Harry Flashman said...

When I have a project going on outside, I'm inundated with feline supervisors as well. Sometimes I have to shoo them off so nobody gets squashed by a tree coming down.

Toirdhealbheach Beucail said...

Very Impressive!

Leigh said...

Sam, he learned basic carpentry from shop classes and his dad, but the timber construction from books and YouTube! The thing that looks like a ruler on top of the concrete pier is a metal strap bolted to it. He bent up the sides and attached it to the post after posts were set on the piers. Is that the one you mean?

Dan doesn't treat our lumber so he doesn't like to keep it uncovered if it's going to be exposed to the weather. At this stage, as long as it can dry out again it will be okay. But he is anxious to get the roof on. Likely we will paint exposed surfaces.

Thanks for asking about his hand. The finger is still crooked and since the joint was destroyed he can't bend that finger very much. He just compensates with his other fingers and keeps on going! He only occasionally complains that it hurts

Harry, they can be a problem! Goats are the same way; always in your business. Or rather climbing all over your business. :)

TB, thanks!