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The porch and Studio framing was being held up by a special order for “kiln-dried”  treated lumber.  Treated lumber is treated in a pressurized vat which infuses the wood with a liquid brew of chemicals to help protect against deterioration from weather and insects.  Its often delivered to the job site still somewhat “wet” from this process.  This leaves the wood to dry after being installed, where stresses from the building could cause it to warp or crack in unanticipated locations. This is usually just an eyesore rather than being a structural problem.  Treated wood, when wet, also cannot receive a stain or paint very well.  Kiln dried is just what it sounds like, at the factory the wood is dried after being treated.  In different parts of the country, the wood is dried to a level consistent with atmospheric levels so that it is likely to remain stabile and straight.  We’ll see what happens.  Here is the beginning of the Studio and porch framing.

The floors slope slightly towards the yard for drainage.  The columns are 8×8 timbers (from the center of the tree), and are strapped to the circular piers.  Excuse me if Im repeating myself, been too busy to keep this blog up to date!

Can someone guess whats wrong and whats going on with the second to last image? The clue is: building cannot float…

In the last image you can see that the “peel + stick” roofing underlayment has been added to the main house.  Historically, felt paper would be used instead.  This is still a good option, but peel and stick roof membranes have the advantage of using no fasteners (therefore no holes), and when your roof blows off frm a hurricane, it will likely remain stuck to the roof sheathing and provide some level of protection.  ALl that requires that the underlayment is fully adhered to the sheathing.  As somewhat evident in the photos, the underlayment is a bit bubbly, I will insist on that being rolled smooth or reapplied prior to the metal roof installation.

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