I guess it's a bad idea to try and deal with the government on a friday.
THey sent me away with more papers to be stamped by my architect.
I would be damned if I am going to bother him again (he's doing me a freebie favor so not bothering him is important)
The form I'm to have him fill out says "the architect needs to stamp and approve this form for all construction valued over $20,000"
Well, my gazebo isn't going to cost $20,000.
So Instaed I went to a lumberyard on friday and got an estimate for the lumber. It would seem almost nobody does their own work because trying to explain that I'm building it myself is like the oddest thing they'd ever heard of.
So I go back this morning with all my papers and forms and signatures.
And I just keep throwing paper at them until they run out of what to ask me for. And fially, they took it.
And $80 of course, to process the application.
So that part's done. Now I have to wait for them to find problems.
As in, people tell me cedar, or mahogony. but I expect that's REAL expensive.
Also, does cedar or mahogony have to be stained, painted or anything?
They also suggest cedar shakes for the roof. I was just going to use black tar shingles, but now I'm thinking it would look a lot nicer with shakes
Are these really expensive? Are they water proof? Do I have to stain/polyeurothane them?
The shakes need to be given a waterproof finish. They do look good, but they can develop rot quick. Why not consider a painted/colored tin roof? It can cost more, but you don't have to take it down to re-finish like you do shakes.
you have any pictures?
you have a good point. it will match nicely.
I was sort of hoping to see pictures of it, where a blue tarp was used for the roof.
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Aren't shingles horribly flammable?
(I live in a house with slates, BTW.)
Everything is horribly flammable if you get it hot enough.
Although I suppose rock will melt before it burns.
Anyway, yes, here in america we make our houses and other building structures out of matchsticks because we like progress, and since we're going to knock down whatever we build in a hundred years or so, why bother spending the time chiseling rocks?
Oddly enough, at the train station in my neighborhood, they opted to use slate shingles.
Nice, expensive, and probably will last forever.
Seriously though ... the most common type of shingles are made of asphalt, so they're actually not all that flammable.
Slate shingles *will* last forever if you take care of them. They don't wear down from weather in a few decades the way asphalt singles will. However, you have to be prompt in repairing any areas that are damaged by falling tree limbs, etc. Otherwise the roof will begin to fall apart around the damaged area.
Subject: Days of Living Hell - Part 3
Onst Monday the movers arrived on schedule more or less.
This load involved some of the major appliances from Seguin. [[ I gotta hand it
to these guys, they worked really hard and put up with some *stuff* involving our
driveway and had a good sense of humor the whole time ]]
Well, once everything's in place I get to installing. Turning off the needle valve
in the ice-maker line for the fridge immediately causes it to start spewing out the handle.
(must be replaced) I finally find a position where it is just a not-so-slow drip. Then I put
a rectangular cake pan under the valve to catch the drips. Fixed for now, right?
Then I move to the dishwasher. I cannot connect it at this time without drilling
larger holes and a water supply tube extension. No biggie. Since the old one was hooked
up to the hot water valve I simply shut it off. That worked OK, but Nooooooooo......
as fate would have it, our kitchen faucet will bleed cold water thru the faucet mechanism
thus spewing out of the afore uncapped hot water spigot/valve/cutoff/whatever.
The waterfall coming from the under the sink cabinet was nice visually (and there were a few
good laughs had) but it was a total headache to clean up.
Anyways, after a day long sojourn to two hardware stores in Brady I have the fixin's
to make it right again. But that won't happen until tomorrow morning.
Sounds like one hellacious awful wet mess.
woo hoo. 2 day turnaround. I disbelieve.
Actually what I believe is that they require a lot more paper work than they actually need.
the nice competent lady from the backoffice, saw my waiting on line, stopped what she was doing and came up to the front desk and handed me my permit. There was a guy in front of me taking a lot of time, and I was just there to pick up quick.
But she didn't ask my name or anything, she just came up, dug it out of a pile underneath the desk and handed it to me.
Everybody should be so nice.
drill the footing holes out tomorrow. wheeeeeeee.