Treehouse Project: Days 11 & 12, Finishing The Roof

What’s going on with the treehouse
? An amazing number of people asked me
about that when I was out at
Search Engine Strategies in San Jose last month.
Well, before I left for that trip, I spend two frantic days finishing my roof.
I’m just behind blogging about it. So let me catch up, and then I’ll do another
post about how things are going with the climbing wall portion.

First, I have to interrupt the construction tale with two pictures from my
oldest son, who likes taking photos. Below, he’s taken a shot of his brother
from upstairs, through the hatch:

Treehouse Hatch

He also shot one of me, doing actual construction. Well, posing on a ladder:


I’m up on that ladder finishing the roof, and man, it was hard. Where I left
off from last time:

Treehouse Roofing

You might recall I decided to put all the slats close together, then roll the
tarpaper (AKA, roofing felt) across. Well, that paper is heavy. It’s also not
fun to work with being all, hmm, tarry. Plus, someone shoved a tree in the
middle of where my roof was going. Plus left some branches in the way.

Eventually, I got all the slats cut to the right lengths to work around the
tree, fit together and so on. Look at how nice and clean it looks underneath:

Ceiling Of Treehouse

Ceiling Of Treehouse

With the tarpaper covering the top, no rain’s getting in, nope. Of course,
there are no walls, no windows, but those are details.

Of course, I had a problem. I needed to tack all that tarpaper down. Finally,
I use for my staple gun. As an aside, being paranoid, I stapled the hell out of
that roof, to ensure the wind wouldn’t somehow get underneath and rip the paper
up. So if anyone comes near it with a magnet, I’m done for.

But to staple, I had to get on the roof. And that meant I’d need to get down.
And getting down, well, I thought why not build a trapdoor in the ceiling. That
way when I need roof access as I will every say five to 10 years, I can get up

I spent way too much time on that trapdoor I’ll never use, and I could have
just sort of lifted myself up and over instead, I suppose. But I suck with the
plan, learning along the way that you can actually put hinges on three different
ways until you get them to work right.

Here’s my hole:

Treehouse Roof: Trapdoor

I made a cover that fit across the top and overlapped. You can see part of it

Treehouse Roof

You can also see how I’m overlapping the paper. Eventually (it was really
dark when I was done), the roof was finished. Here’s the trapdoor, covered:

Treehouse Roof: Trapdoor

Can’t even tell it’s there! That long horizontal strip? That’s covering the
hinged part. More of the roof:

Roof Of Treehouse

Look in the bottom right corner. See the paper working down from the tree? I
spent forever working it out so that any rain running down the tree would flow
onto the paper. A closer look:

Preventing Leaks

Don’t worry — I did cover that little gap to the right, eventually. Yep, no
rain’s getting through this roof. Just gotta build some walls and windows.