BUILDING A SOLAR HOUSE IN FRANCE - WEEK 11 - Roofing
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The last purlins being lowered with the 'Merlo' crane at full extension of 19 metres.
Placing rafters on the south slope.
Rafters fixed to the south slope. A lot of discussion about the roof projection at each end.
Just before lunch rafters had been fixed on the south roof slope. I went off to collect sample of larch cladding from Mr Merle in La Coquille.
By 4 pm most of the rafters had been fixed and were being trimmed at the ends of the tie beams (entraits).
In the afternoon it began to cloud over, but good weather is forecast for tomorrow. I hope Mr Mazieres can get the "ecran de toiture" and battens on before it rains again.
On Tuesdy afternoon the roof tiles arrived. Mr Mazieres and his men could not come and I was working on site marking out floor joist positions and trying to decide whether fixing the joists was a job I could do to save money. But the joists are so heavy that I decided to leave to him and his men.
The floor joists under the mezzanine are oak, and will be dropped into the slots cut in the beams on the left. They are on the floor in the centre, being walked all over. I hope that it does not rain before the roof is covered, because oak shows black water marks that are hard to clean off.
Another job I had to do was to uncover the places where holes can be drilled through the concrete slab for pipes and other services. I had placed blocks of polystyrene there before the slab was poured, where holes would miss reinforcing or precast beams.
Mr Mazieres and gang came back on Thursday and completed the rafters and fitted fascias.
In the afternoon they had framed the rooflight. The crane lifted the posts and purlin, and held it all steady until the rafter were in place. This is in fact a passive solar collector with vertical glazing which will also house the chimney of the wood stove, and a ventilator in summer. There was much discussion about the precise position of the wood stove to get the elaborate flashing into position directly above it.
View from South of the frame of the roof light, which also gives light to the mezzanine.
By midday on Friday the North slope of the roof had been covered with roof sheeting ("ecran de toiture") which is waterproof but microperforated to allow the roof to breathe.
The last half of the roof being covered on Friday afternoon.
When the sheeting was all held down to the rafters with small battens, the roof tile battens were marked out and nailed down.
Mr Mazieres working on the juction of the rooflight and the ridge. The whole was covered ready for the weekend.
Monday morning they started the tiling, having left it relatively watertight over the weekend. The tiles are Terreal, type Canal Romane, colour Brun Rustique.
This will be short week because there is a public holiday on Thursday 1st November and nearly everybody takes a "pont" , Friday off to make a long weekend. So I am including work this week as part of week 11, which was also a short week as they did not work on Tuesday and Wednesday.
A palette of tiles is lifted by the 'Merlo' .
The South West side tiled except for the last row by Monday afternoon, after several heavy showers of rain, through which they worked steadily occasionally taking shelter under the roof light.
The next morning was very misty to begin, and the North East side was tiled, with interruptions when it rained too heavily to continue. The tilers throwing tiles to each other.
As a result of a slight misunderstanding, the Douglas Fir ceiling joists which were to be exposed under the ceiling, were delivered not planed, so I offered to plane them all using Mr Mazieres large electric Makita hand plane.
Wednesday morning saw the completion of the main roof tiling.
The two carpenters working on the fascia of the roof light projection.
Fixing the flashings ('solins') around the roof light.
View of house from the woodland below.
Interior in the late afternoon.
View in opposite direction of the interior before floors and partitions. I wish we could leave it all as an open plan !
Fixing the bouquet of flowers to the ridge after the roof liling was completed at about 5 pm on Wednesday. This is a "cremaillaire" We followed with a few beers before everyone left.
Mr Marcelin Mazieres and his two carpenters (plus one other) who put up the whole frame and roof in 8 working days ! Better photograph to follow later.
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