The Ceiling's the Limit!: Chapter II-1/2


We all have those projects in life that seem to never get finished. All the moxie and determination seems to wane after a while, and what started as a fire quickly dwindles down to a smoldering ember. THEN! Along comes your second wind, and it's just enough to blow gently on the ember and bring it back to a roaring blaze!

Such it is with projects like ours. Some of us begin with such determination, never stopping until it's done. Others begin, and within a short time lose interest. Then there are those who begin, work for the money to complete a phase, finish that phase, and then have to lay off until funds become available to continue. I fall into the last category.

As much as I'd love to do this full time (build and remodel trailers and motorhomes), with the economy the way it's been I haven't yet realized that dream. I'm not one to give up altogether, so in the meantime I'll just finish my latest project, and then give her a name.

Below are the latest shots of my home. It's not perfect, but it's MUCH better than it was originally. :)


Edges are wrapped with Eternabond webseal.

I think the profile actually looks better with the raised roof. That was a welcome plus!

Window set after cleaning. Had to heat the glazing strip and stretch it a bit. Worked great!

Almost done! :)


This should have been the third and final chapter of the roof remodel, but working nonstop to beat the rain, in 100 degree heat with just about as much humidity, my shoulders started to just plain ache! Taking a few days off is just what I needed, and I'll be back to it full swing tomorrow coating the new roof. After that, it will be time to move on to the interior. See you soon, and keep at it....



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Comment by jessica dittmer on August 31, 2011 at 2:44pm
wow! looks great!
Comment by Dave Creu on August 28, 2011 at 10:27pm
Thank you! I think the plywood roof is the best option. I originally was going to cut my rafters with a crown, but after much deliberation I decided to just shave the 2x3s down to 2" actual and block the center 14" all the way down the roof. That and the 3/8" ply is PLENTY strong and it doesn't sag with a 215 lb. point load (Me!) standing in a 1 sq. ft. spot anywhere on the roof. I double the rafters (glued and screwed them together) that support the roof AC, and since it only weighs 108 lbs. it's good. The main reason I chose not to crown my rafters was that I like to "camp out" on the roof, with chairs, so I wanted everyone to have nice, safe footing, with no surprises!... Post some new pics of the "Beav" when you get a chance. :)
Comment by Kurth Family on August 28, 2011 at 9:42pm
Nice work dave! We took some of your ideas and went with plywood roof also. The sag/pinhole leak on the solid roof is basically the same as ours and i'm sure you can tell we're building this to never have to do it again!



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