Is it a good thing for the kind of weird laundromat guy to know you by name?

I figured out early on that I could drop the laundry at the laundromat and have them wash and fold. Long-time readers may recall the laundromat experiences on the transcontinental bike ride. Weird people populate laundromats. For my money they are to be avoided. 

So. I figured out I could drop the stuff and it comes back fine. I figured a good way to increase the odds what I drop is the same stuff I get back, only cleaner, is to tip well. I prepay and tip like 50%. So now when I go in, I feel like Norm in Cheers! Only with dirty laundry.

I'm pretty sure this is not a good thing...

Also learned today that the start of school at the U of A dramatically effects traffic in the Safeway. I didn't really think the one I've kind of made my own was all that close to the University. But I went today mid-morning, after dropping my laundry with the guys, and it was a zoo. Mom's, and the occasional dad buying what looked to me like dorm room quantities of snacks with fresh faced young'ns in tow. Then there were solo shoppers wearing all manor of U of A logo items. I presume these are the suave and experienced upper class-men. Class-persons? Gender neutral is a pain in the ass...

Hope this resolves itself after school start-up.

I got a couple of responses to my whine about picking up nails. Both responses suggested buy a damn magnet. One from Dad actually had a link to Amazon. Bought it. Will come Saturday. I'll go dominate them nails then! Told CtC. He knows exactly what I ordered. Wants one, and covets the one I don't even have yet. We might be able to work something out...

More progress on the roof today. Also built the bump-out part of the garage at the front of the house. Been waiting for the concrete guys to extend the curb that the little bump-out wall sits on. When we went to the concrete floor, the wall moved, and the perfectly good curb they did before is off now by about 2 inches.

The concrete guys are clobbered. So, so we could finish the roof, we needed to build the wall. To build the wall we needed a place to put the 6 inch plate at the bottom of the wall. But the foundation is only four inches wide. CtC had the bright idea to put down a 2 by 4 that will sit on the existing foundation until the new foundation is poured. Then we will stick in a 2 by 2 to end-up with the specified 2 by 6 and do some more nailing into the new 2 by 2.

After all that, tomorrow they pour the steps, front porch, and extend the foundation. Still, the roof was waiting on that little 5 foot wall that is now done and we can finish the roof presumably tomorrow. The fascia looks better and better as more and more gets done.

We (meaning of course VFF with my, and Ann at one point's, input CtC weighed in as well) also did the layout and got the ledger up for the pergola. Lots of finagling on the north end. The pergola has a height and width. The house roof has a height and width. These intersect on the north end of the pergola. We want the pergola as high as we can, but don't want to mess with the roof. 

Once the structure is up, we also have 2 by 2 square metal tubing on top that will have to be further customized to work around the roof fascia, but that should be managable.

Regular readers may recall I mentioned the timbers for the pergola are huge. The rafters are 4 by 10 and 22 feet long. The beam at the end of the pergola that supports the rafters is a 6 by 10. It is in three 15 foot pieces.  I pity the fool that has to lift these mothers up. Once up, they need to be positioned with great precision. And then the posts have to be just right to accept the three beam pieces. I shutter...

Each joist hanger for the 13 rafters has at least 8 lag screws, it may be 10. I've lost track of how many long lag screws are securing the 3 by 10 ledger to the house. It will be north of 50. Then there are the like 14 inch lag screws that go through each rafter from the top and into the beam out at the pergola end wall. Just drilling a hole that long, straight, will be no mean feat.

Some of this will happen tomorrow, a lot next week. This should be good theater!

Tomorrow we also see the roof guy. The minute the roof is decked, we call for a nailing inspection. Will be interesting how much time is spent on the roof. The minute that passes, the roof guys put down the felt that goes down under any roof. At that point the roof is "dried in". Still no windows or doors, those should be here right after labor day. But a dry roof is a big deal.

Once the roof is dried in, they order the metal. We've decided to put standing seam metal roof on the section where the HVAC sits on the roof instead of the corrugated we are putting everywhere else. This way there will be a path from the North end of the house up to the HVAC unit and a work area around the unit that they can walk on without damaging anything. We think we can get a color on the flat stuff that matches the color on the corrugated stuff, so should be fine...and practical.

Here are today's pictures. Take note of the size of the timbers in relation to the 8 inch cinder blocks. In a couple of shots you can see the black joist hangers for the furthest North and South pergola rafters. The remaining rafters will be evenly spaced between these two terminal rafters.