Solder on the Rooftop (and Some Trim)

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First a quick update on the kitchen bay window. After epoxying and priming the existing wood to protect it from the weather, Woody started adding back trim details. The pilasters around the bay were missing several decorative pieces, including these center bands and the column bases.

Adding trim pieces on at the kitchen bay window

Earlier in the week Woody put these pieces up, then epoxied and primed them (so a photo now wouldn't show the work he'd done, hence these slightly older photos).

Center band replacement

The center bands were pretty straightforward. These are replacements of pieces that were there but very damaged.

Base detail with compound mitering

The column base detail was more complicated to fit into place. The window sills are slanted down, and there's the angle of the bay window, which means that there are no square corners on the thing at all. All I can say is that I am glad I only have to appreciate the amount of work that went into that.

In addition, we have this replica frieze piece. I'm not sure where this one will go, but you can see the piece it is copying.

Shield detail replacements

The stacks of wood trim pieces all over the first floor are pretty daunting. I'm not sure Woody's system is any better than what I would come up with to track it, so I'm not interfering.

Anyway, on to the front porch roof.

When last we addressed this roof, Woody had discovered that the original sheet lead roofing was still in good condition -- better than it looked like initially, in fact. The one place that needed repair was this raised sill where the decorative metalwork is mounted. He put a new piece of sheet lead there.

Lead cap at the front porch roof

This is what it looked like yesterday when I dropped by just as a metalworker was coming on site to solder the lead in place.

Lead cap soldered

After soldering, there's a nice, neat seam there. This should keep water from getting into the roof there. The detail is still kind of terrible, and the whole roof is a building technology nightmare apparently held in place mostly by layers of paint, but you don't get to choose historical details.

Original soldering detail

Here you can see the new soldered piece (coming in to the right) and the original soldering to a flashing at the wood siding. Some skills never change.

The Kitchen Bay

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Weather is coming in, so Woody decided to focus on the most weathered side of the house, to get things cleaned up and tight before rain came in and made a mess of his work. That meant moving faster on the kitchen bay window, which faces northwest (the direction weather comes from in Alameda).

Some repaired wood

This part of the house needed a lot of work, because lots of pieces were missing, and what was there was very damaged. There's a lot of epoxy fill on wood ends.

The front of the bay

So a couple of days ago the guys epoxied the wood, and Woody sent me these photos so we could discuss colours (we spend a lot of time talking about colours these days).

Kitchen bay window with epoxy

The kitchen bay window has a slightly different detail from the front bay window, with a smaller crown molding, somewhat different corbels, and a slightly different shield trim about the windows. The same pieces are used, but the ordering is just somewhat diminished in significance, if that makes sense. This part of the house was clearly added later; the foundation showed this, back when we still had the original brick foundations.

Anyway, it rained a little last night, and is supposed to rain some more this weekend, so I was gratified to see this:

Kitchen bay primed

We now have a funny chunk of that side of the house still unpainted: the side porch is going to take a lot more work including reconstruction of original trim details, and it's not in the way of as much of the rest of the site work, so that is still bare wood.

A storm system is moving in this weekend, hopefully nothing too dramatic.