Hazel Mine Tipple - Construction: Roofing
09/25/2020
The roofing sub-structure is made out of 0.030" Evergreen sheet styrene. I wanted something solid enough to resist bending, but yet not too thick so as to draw attention to itself. These sheets are 21" long and 8" wide, and there are 4 sheets to a pack. My roof measures a scale 21.5' wide on each side, so I can get two full panels out of each sheet. In other words, I only need to touch two sheets out of this 4-pack.
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Since my roof is just under 29" long, I needed to butt two sheets of styrene up against each other. So, before I attached the first one, I glued two support strips under it to make sure that the next sheet would line up with the first one.
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I thought about using 5-minute epoxy to glue the sheet to the wooden sub-structure, but, after reading the instructions of the 5-minute epoxy, it explicitly mentions not to use it on styrene. So, I decided to use Aleene's Tacky Glue as the main glue, with a couple of spots of superglue to help hold the sheet in position quickly. Before I installed the styrene sheet, I used some sandpaper on the back where it would be in contact with the glue, to provide it with some extra hold. Then, I used blue masking tape to acts as clamps while the Tacky glue cured.
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This worked surprisingly well, and so I cut, trimmed, and shaped the second piece of this half of the roof's sub-structure. With some creative taping, it stayed in place perfectly.
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Now it is time to do the other side. That is where I plan on making two holes for the vents that stick out of the roof (see the "Lighting" topic). So, before I could attached the first full sheet on this side, I had to mark off where the two dowels are positioned in the interior, and drill two pilot holes in their exact location. As above, I glued that sheet in place. After removing the blue painters tape, I applied some styrene glue at the roof top where the two sheets meet, for extra support up there. I just need to install one more partial sheet at the end of this side.
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This, then, completes the roofing support sheets. To finalize the work, I will trim off any excesses along the top (the ridge line), and the overhang over the walls.
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