2018-01-12

Shed complete

Customer satisfied.

2018-01-06

Window flashing tape? Inslulative expanding foam? No, no.


On further consideration, we decided this window flashing tape is designed for fully insulated houses, and would be overkill on a shed.
Insulating foam: we don't use it. It's environmentally unfriendly and doesn't age well, old foam just disintegrates everywhere. On a shed, unfinished on the inside, it would be exposed, and unsightly, too.

Buildings that breathe


You breathe to live, and to feel comfortable in a building, the building must also 'breathe'. Unfortunately in most modern construction, air (and light) are not given the consideration they deserve. Too many builder-designers ignore passive ventilation and natural lighting and rely on mechanical ventilation and artificial lights. So it makes sense to place a vent in the floor of the shed, to draw in air from underneath, to take advantage of the cool shade there.

Trim begins


We're using 4" trim on the corners. The pieces on the front and back protrude slightly, thereby providing an edge that takes the (paintable) caulking nicely.

We use 3" trim on the windows.
The trim is pre-primed, field cuts are treated.

We used a table saw to cut a groove on the window trim so the trim sits flat over the window nail fins.

Barn door assembly


We chose to put the horizontal pieces of the "Z" at the top and bottom of the door, rather than partway in, to strengthen the door at the stress points where it hangs, and where it extends below and hits the floor. In case we decide to shorten the door slightly, we then raised the bottom horizontal by 1". (The door is shown on its side.)
The door is tongue and groove pine. We glue seven (7) 6" slats together for each door, nominally 3' wide.
The tongue and groove are removed from the sides of the door. The top of the Z boards we cut at a 15-degree angle to shed water.
Then the Z is screwed on from the back (the inside).

The door will receive this clear waterproofing, surfaces that will be inaccessible are treated before assembly.

2018-01-02

Grants Pass, Oregon shed kit workshop location

Shed kit workshop location. 675 E. Park Street, Grants Pass, Oregon. By appointment only. tel. # 541-525-0326

View at maps.google.com

Traffic passing our sign on Highway 199.
The view towards East Park Street from the back of the lot.

2017-12-28

Roof Assemblies... length of roof nails

International Building Code, Chapter 15

Fasteners for asphalt shingles shall be galvanized steel, stainless steel,
aluminum or copper roofing nails, minimum 12 gage [0.105 inch (2.67 mm)]
shank with a minimum 3/8 inch (9.5 mm.) diameter head, ASTM F 1667, of a
length to penetrate through the roofing materials and a minimum of 3/4 inch (19.1
mm) into the roof sheathing. Where the roof sheathing is less than 3/4 inch (19.1
mm) thick, the fasteners shall penetrate through the sheathing. Fasteners must
comply with ASTM F 1667. Staples are not permitted for shingle application
unless specifically noted in the manufacturer's installation instructions on the
shingle package. Use 4 nails for standard installations, 6 for steep slope or high
wind areas.

https://codes.iccsafe.org/public/document/IBC2015/chapter-15-roof-assemblies-and-rooftop-structures

2017-12-23

Minimizing wood waste during construction

To minimize wood waste, we build using dimensions 3" under 8', 12' and 16'. At the shop, we end up with a garbage can full of 2" x 4" ends. The client will burn these in his wood stove. Otherwise, we would donate them to the Jackson County Fuel Committee. We will send our clean sawdust to the compost pile.

On site, we create a bit more wood waste. Most of it is solid wood, and burnable.

For air quality, it's best not to burn plywood. I had some challenges with the siding this time, as you can see from my waste pile.


Metal waste due to broken, stripped, and bent screws amounts to a few ounces as well. We sort waste metal for eventual recycling.

2017-12-22

Next Blog >> Gamification

I took the time to hit the Next Blog>> link on my askdanshaw.blogspot.com, and up came this (presumably random) blog on gamification, which I care about: http://jz-idte.blogspot.com/. Joe Zellner recommends Getting Gamification Right: 22 Best Practices by Susan Jacobs...

"Substantial completion"


90% complete, closed in, and dry.

2017-12-21

Roof closed in

It's dry (and dark) inside.