AUGUST 2009                                        Click on (most) images for a larger view.


So we continued on with the guestroom subfloor...
once again room dimensions change as you build and we felt the room to be more spacious than we realized it would be.  It is quite a nice space and will be a comfortable living space indeed.
     
osb to walk on... cut out to go around sink plumbing what do you know? it fits! working on the door threshold
laying the last piece of plywood and it is finished!!  Looks great! closing in - P2000 reflection! cutting the last piece of OSB

After mounting that last piece of OSB we started addressing ourselves to the threshold of the patio door. Before the door could be mounted we had to trim the aluminum flashing which we embedded in the slab when we poured it. It was a little nerve-racking cutting into this precious seal so we took the time to carefully mock up the layers yet again. Laura's steel toes held it in place while I carefully bent over the edge to form a drip lip.

Next we placed the peel and stick around the base of the door to protect the plywood sub floor. Then we carefully trimmed the flange of the door so it could be properly shingled over the flashing and thereby effectively shed any water that might find its way past the siding. The top of the drip lip was caulked.
 

       
The excitement started to build as we continued our preparation for siding. Our first "through-hull" was the external light box that will one day hold the exterior light to illuminate the path along the side of the house. Our second through hull was an electrical box on the balcony. As you can see by the picture on the right we used peel and stick embedded between the plastic electrical box and the PVC pipe fitting to insure a water tight seal. On the inside a properly placed block will allow separate clamping of the wire and the PVC pipe.
       

There is much detail work to prepare for the siding. The rain screen gap must be vented top and bottom to allow warm moist air that accumulates during the day to escape before it condenses behind the siding as the temperatures drop on those clear nights. We mounted the belly band over the rain-screen to a allow continuous flow of air from bottom to top. Bug screen was installed at the top under the roof decking and strapping was mounted so it never blocked vertical airflow even under the corner trim.

       
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