There was only one more opening to close up for winter. The
gaps between the ceiling and the top wall logs needed to be filled with
bird blocks. But while most bird blocks are up in the attic, these
lead into the main cabin space so they have to look nice.
When cutting around the
logs in hard to reach spaces, it's nice to use pieces of cardboard to make
templates so you only have to cut the plywood once. For the little
pieces on top of the ridge pole and the bird blocks this is especially
true. I found I could even reuse the same pieces of cardboard several
times as I moved along.
They ended up fitting
pretty well and what doesn't fit exactly I sealed with foam from the back
side. The bird-blocks are nailed to 2x4s which I installed BEFORE
I put on the roof. I should have snapped a chalk line to make them
all line up with one another since I had to move a few of them. Inside,
on the top, I screwed in a 2x6 so the bird-blocks will be more vertical inside the house whereas outside they are perpendicular to the roof.
The irregular size also allows me to stuff in a little more insulation
which can't hurt.
This page was created by Paul Kahle 10-Oct-2002
This page was last updated on 3-Aug-2004