Adventures in Wrapping and Flashing
There's nothing like a steady string of summer storms to make me glad we're building under cover. The storms also made me obsess on wrapping and flashing. A friend came over to the build site to help us maneuver the 9 foot roll of house wrap around the house. (Thank you, Brigitte!) Although I prefer the look of wood to house wrap, it was still pretty satisfying to see it go around the entire structure.
Then of course it rained again and I obsessed over every nail nick and staple hole and had to tape over each one, giving my house what looked like nothing so much as a raging case of measles!
After that my attention turned to flashing and I discovered that because I have windows in various shapes and of various types they each have to be flashed in a slightly different way.
Inspired by yet another torrential downpour, I got some of this and some of that and spent a bit of time with the DuPont website and YouTube, trying to get this part of the process right. It all made more sense when I took the advice to "be the water," to feel how it would find a way in and to figure out how to guide it away. Also, although I've never made a sill pan or flashed a curved window by any other method, I've gotta say, that stretchy stuff is pretty cool. (Just watch that you don't let it stick to itself, because if you do, it will never, ever let go.)