Barn Roof

We put together the side panels of the barn on top of heavy-duty railroad ties. The structure was straight and solid. Instead of framing the barn 12′ wide, we had to make it about 13′ to fit between an electrical panel and cement pieces.

For the roof, we hired handyman Joshua Geist. He started on Tuesday and ended on Friday. The framing is done, and now it’s just the metal panels and back gutter.

Tuesday, 11/30/21

Josh cut all the 2×6 vertical boards even all the way around. We realized that the trusses were not going to work with the 13′ wide frame (not 12 ft.). We opted for a slant roof which would work nicely and mach the style of the horse stall. Josh built up the wall for the pitch. Also, he extended the length from 18′ to 21′ so there would be an overhang at the door.

I hired farmhand Will Burke to help. I took the day off work and went to SJ from Lam Supply to get the metal roofing panels, cut at 16 ft. long.

Wednesday, 12/1/21

Josh started around 11am because he had to go to Santa Cruz to pick up his helper. He kindly picked up 11 2x8x16 fir boards from ACE to make a strong roof that would support a person. These were laid out on top, but not installed today. Josh finished the rise wall in the front, and installed the first and last 2×8. He also marked where the 9 other boards would go. He had to cut additional boards to fit between the frame for the metal brackets to be screwed in – in the back.

Thursday, 12/2/21

I hired Will again to help Josh. They worked from 1:15pm – 5:15pm, and got the 2x8x16 boards bracketed in place.

Friday, 12/3/21

Josh arrived around 10:30am and had a helper for 1 hour. Josh cut the ends of the 2×8 boards.

I went to ACE at 7:30 a.m. in the morning to buy 4 fir 2x4x20s. I also ended up going later to buy 2 2x6x20 and 1 2x6x8 redwood boards for the front. It is looking great.

One more day and the roof will be done. The back 2x6x20+, the roofing panels, and gutter need to be installed.

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2.5 acre permaculture with heritage orchard, organic gardens, redwood forest, and riparian corridor along Love Creek at the base of Ben Lomond mountain, San Lorenzo Valley, Santa Cruz County.
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