Monday, May 19, 2008

Carter Work Project with Habitat for Humanity, Day 3

Tuesday's tasks included putting the roof sheathing on, installing windows and attaching the roof trusses to the house with endless hurricane clips. While the basic construction of the homes was similar to what I'm used to, there were some differences. Here in earthquake country, there are large holddowns to bolt the house to the foundation, and a lot of thought goes into providing shear strength in different directions. We use hurricane clips to secure the roof to the house, but in flood- and hurricane-prone Pascagoula, there were no holddowns, and even more hurricane clips than I'm used to. When we started on the shingles, we also used 6 nails per shingle instead of 4 nails.

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