Oh I’m sure it all looks very simple and straightforward to you. You just slap up a load of bits of metal and screw them down right?
It’s all the screwups and complications that take the time. Like, if you use aluminum drip edge (150 feet of protective metal strip that go all the way around the edges of the sheathing) then a little voice in your head starts nagging louder and louder “What about galvanic corrosion of dissimilar metals” (the roofing sheets are steel) and eventually the voice gets so loud you have to go all the way around unscrewing them and replacing them from under the sheets. Oh what a pain in the arse and the hands.
Kudos and huge thanks to Norbert who was such a big help to me, as he always is. I don’t think many people have friends this honorable and selfless.
We had an awful time slipping around on the sheets once they were up there (always there is some reason to be moving around on top. We called it “roof surfing”. I tell you it gets pretty nerve-wracking sliding towards the edge even if you have a safety rope) so after trying various shoes and even bare feet, and blowing of all the sawdust with compressed air, none of which helped much, we hit on the idea of spraying down coca-cola which rendered the surface sticky and quite safe. The first rain cleaned it off.
Tonight I shall celebrate by getting drunk and hitting a policeman. it’s traditional.