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07-05-2017 11:00 AM  4 months agoPost 1
sjgusmc21

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Hope all had a happy 4th of July! I have been building a covered patio for about 2 months now. After work and on the weekends. Its about 500 square feet, maybe a little bigger. The concrete slab was already poured by the previous owners. Building the frame, was pretty much the easy part. I have been off since last Thursday, so I could sheath and shingle the roof. I have officially had my @ass kicked every which way possible! From carrying the sheets of 4x8 osb to the back, and the 4 squares of shingles, the #30 felt paper (tar paper), flashing, cutting, smashing my fingers, holy crap batman! I'm only 54 years old, but I feel like I am well past that. But I will also admit, it is July here in San Antonio, and the Devil himself cannot be found here because of the heat! My roofing nailer blew about every possible gasket it has, so me and the Mrs. cut the remaining coiled nails and have been using them, which isn't a big deal, just a little more time consuming.

So, HATS OFF TO YOU ROOFERS! What a tough damn job! How you do it, on a day to day basis, I can't even guess.

Off to take my 800 Motrin and get ready for the remainder of hell day....

Why did I do it myself? Because I had 3 estimates to build my covered patio, none were as nice as I ended up building, and all were between $12K-$15K! I think when I am done, I will have spent around $2K. But I understand why people pay....

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07-05-2017 01:50 PM  4 months agoPost 2
Cowjock

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You learned a hard lesson, roofing is a young man's job. I did it for a very short time 20 years ago because I needed money. I truly understand money aspect of it but with age comes wisdom. Hats of to you and your wife for tackling the job. My wife and I bought a new place 2 years ago, we knew going into it that both the house and barn needed their roof's replaced. My wife asked me if I was going to replace the roof on the house after we moved in, I pondered it for 1 second and said NO!! I'm in the same age range as you.

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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07-05-2017 03:27 PM  4 months agoPost 3
GyroFreak

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Yep, I have never seen a fat roofer.

I think about the hereafter. I go somewhere to get something, then wonder what I'm here after ?

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07-05-2017 10:58 PM  4 months agoPost 4
sjgusmc21

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Well, if you saw me, you would! Portly more so then fat. I finished about 85% today, but it was so hot, I couldn't even step on the shingles without possibly damaging them. That and I swear I was singing with Elvis and Nixon, at the same time!

When we started this, I told my wife, I will do this One time, One time only. That is probably the truest statement I have ever made.

Taking the night off and we are all going to go see Despicable Me 3 in a nice, AIR CONDITIONED Theater!

The roof can wait, not suppose to rain for another 2 weeks or so. Yeah!

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07-06-2017 03:01 AM  4 months agoPost 5
Gearhead

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I'm only 54 years old, but I feel like I am well past that
the problem is not your age, I have seen many men up here in their 60s do it for a living, so it must be where you live, besides, I thought all Texas Roofs were PreFabs LOL

Jim
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07-06-2017 03:45 AM  4 months agoPost 6
sjgusmc21

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I know but me and HELL based temperatures never have gotten along very good. Even in the Marines, I can't remember how many times I was in the jungle just sweating my @ss off for ever. I absolutely hated it...along with the rashes, prickly heat, on and on....

So, I won't completely disagree with you, but that d@mn heat gets to me....

This is what I got done today. Doesn't seem like much now that I look at it, but seemed plenty at the time.

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07-06-2017 03:54 AM  4 months agoPost 7
sjgusmc21

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This is what it started out as....if anyone cares... Seems like it has taken forever. Of course, there is much, much more to do, but now I can take my time.

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07-06-2017 04:37 AM  4 months agoPost 8
RPM 1.5

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LOOKS GREAT

Ray

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07-06-2017 05:15 AM  4 months agoPost 9
Gearhead

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you did a lot today, good for you, you will have a really nice patio when you are done, good work

Jim

Jim
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07-06-2017 11:01 AM  4 months agoPost 10
sjgusmc21

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Thank you. I am certainly feeling it today. Just have to get the roof done...then I can take a break.

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07-06-2017 01:26 PM  4 months agoPost 11
Cowjock

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Looks good, be nice when it's done. Maybe you could enclose it and you have a new heli room?

Damn that ground is hard! When's the right time to get out of this money sucking hobby?

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07-06-2017 08:01 PM  4 months agoPost 12
Pistol Pete

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Seffner, FL

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Nice project.

Are you going to do anything to the bottom of the pillars?

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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07-06-2017 09:02 PM  4 months agoPost 13
sjgusmc21

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Yeah, I am going to wrap the posts...but that is way down low on the 'to do' list for now. My priority right now, is to:

1. Finish the roof
2. Sand, putty, sand, prime and paint the ledgers and any wood exposed to the elements.
3. Install electrical system: Ceiling fan, two security lights, 4 flush mounted LED lights, and one GFI outlet under each corner ledge (total of 3).
4. Drill holes in beams to allow airflow for soffits.
5. Install inner ceiling, then outer ceiling.
6. Finnish up details of posts, ledgers, etc.

The inner portion of the patio will be converted to a enclosed sun room, Novemberish time frame.

So still lots to do...lots, but I can take my time on them once I finish the roof.

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11-13-2017 10:04 PM  7 days agoPost 14
sjgusmc21

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I finally finished our patio. Well, until spring anyways. Still have to get the stump out and fill it in, but we have really been enjoying it. Well worth, but damn hard. My girls love it.

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11-13-2017 10:45 PM  7 days agoPost 15
spaceman spiff

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Fantastic!

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11-13-2017 10:59 PM  7 days agoPost 16
Pistol Pete

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Very nice but I do see a small issue...no D rings to hang a hammock.

~~Enjoying the hobby one flight at a time~~

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11-14-2017 02:02 AM  7 days agoPost 17
Gearhead

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man I forgot about this, you should feel good, you did a nice job, it makes the house look great

Jim
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11-14-2017 06:16 AM  7 days agoPost 18
EEngineer

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TX

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That's a pretty fricking good job for a non-roofer.

If he posts any more pics, he's gonna be asked for roofing bids in the area....

Logo 600SXs, 800XX, TDR IIs

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11-14-2017 12:03 PM  7 days agoPost 19
sjgusmc21

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Thank you for the compliments. It was a great lesson for my oldest daughter. She couldn't believe I had never done anything like this before. But as I always tell her, if you want to do something, you will. Plus, her and I got to spend some quality instructional time together. She loved using the nail gun and mitre saw. Future training for bad boys...

Yeah, a few of our friends have already asked for help. I will help them, but HELL NO to any more roofing. In spring, I am going to enclose the inner portion, and either make it a sun-room (what I want) or a screened in room (she wants). Screened in porches/rooms either look great or just crap, imo. I also need to wrap the outer columns and make them match in appearance to the center column. We are going to put up some railings on the two sides....and on the east side we are going to add lattice (the sun is brutal) and on the front I am going to install some long retractable blinds (can't stand our neighbors behind us).

But until then, we are very happy. We have spent so much time out on the patio the last couple of months and enjoyed every bit of it. The girls just have a blast out there.

Took me 6 months total. But it was worth it. Are there mistakes? Oh yeah, but it doesn't leak, it is SAFE, and it doesn't detract from the home or its value. AND we enjoy it. Mission accomplished! Total cost was about $2600. To include buying the ladder and a portable air compressor.

My next project after Santa Claus comes, will be adding a wall with double pocket doors to our 'dinning' room which is now a computer/study room. That should be interesting.....

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11-17-2017 11:32 PM  3 days agoPost 20
dilberteinstein

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sjgusmc21

You got skills.

90% of life is "showing up"

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