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Friday, August 8, 2008

The Wait Continues

Well, the builders haven't been back the last two days. Their ladders are still there, and we haven't gotten the final bill yet so I am assuming they just went to another project for a bit and will be back to finish ours. It seems as if they are trying to juggle quite a few projects right now, but it is hard to be patient especially when they are so close to being done.

At least the ridge vent is on the roof now and all of the doors can be closed so we don't have to worry about water getting in anymore. It is also possible to lock everything up so maybe we'll start moving things over anyway.


Rich said...

I have always found that any building project, whether you hire someone or do it yourself, will almost always take at least two or three times as long as you initially plan. So if it only takes twice as long to complete, you are almost ahead of schedule (just make sure you don't cheat by assuming you have twice as much time to finish or it will take four to six times as long to finish)

From the picture, it looks like you have some sort of underlayment under the roof metal, is it some sort of reflective underlayment, some sort of rigid foam, or some sort of membrane to allow venting since you plan to insulate the buiding?

~*~ Jennifer ~*~ said...

Oh -- man alive... so close!!

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

You are absolutely right. We are closely approaching the extra time limit! The project started June 25th and "should have" taken about 13 working days if everything went perfectly. Right now we have had 33 working days (non-weekends) since the beginning.

As for the roof, there is fanfold foam insulation between the rafters and the metal sheeting. This has a slight R-value, but it's main purpose is a moisture barrier - to keep the metal sheeting from raining inside.

This fanfold is actually one of the few things that we didn't take the builder's suggestion on. We could have spent $900 more to get psk, which he suggested, but we opted for the fan fold. The other option provided a moisture barrier too, but also a higher R-value and sound barrier.

Since we are having 6 inches of insulation in the attic, we didn't feel the extra R-value was necessary. And although the fanfold won't keep rainstorms on a metal roof silent like the other would (the builder's main reason for suggesting it), the insulation will help some of that. Plus, I think Ethan would be really disappointed if he couldn't hear the rain on the roof. :)

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