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Roofing II

11032009 001Just over a year ago we had a new roof put on the house due to a leak in the sunroom. Well- the other day we were sitting here listening to it rain when we heard a very distinct sound. Drip Drip Drip…. A leak in the sunroom again… The roofers came out to fix the problem. We hope!

Tricky Turn

1011091534A couple of weeks ago Jan and I were out for a little ride on the trike, trying to see if our” low fuel” light would come one (we’ve never seen it before, so we’re not sure if it works). We rode all around the Travelers Rest area where we would be close to a gas station, when we came across this sight. We could have turned around and gone another way, but instead we sat there for a little over an hour watching the crew trying to make a tight turn with this large load. In order to get the house around the corner, they had to back it up into the field on the left. Unfortunately they couldn’t get the house back up over the ditch once they got it straightened out. They ended up have to get a large front-end loader to come help pull it out. We never did find out if our “low fuel” light turns on- we had to hurry back home because my Aunt Cindy and Cousin Kristy were coming for a visit.

Good News… Bad News…

Good News... Bad News...
The good news … The siding guy came out today and fixed the hole left in the side of our house when the power was jerked off during the storm in August. The bad news… Apparently no one wants to take responsibility for the pipe that was broke when we had our power buried almost 2 weeks ago. When it happened, Blue Ridge Water told Blue Ridge Electric not to fill in the trench, they (BRW) would be back to determine what the pipe was, fix it and fill in the trench. Well this morning BRW finally came back out, after we’ve called then half a dozen times, and declared that none of their guys ever spoke to BRE, and it’s not their pipe or their responsibility. So now we have a broken pipe and 6 feet of trench…

Head in the rafters…

Head in the rafters... I’ve spent some time the last couple of days wiring lights and an outlet in our carport. I’m almost done! Jan has been playing plumber and fixed a leaky facet handle in the shower… feels good getting things done. (Thanks Sue for the nifty drill- sure makes the job easier!- Happy Birthday by the way!!)

And now the work is done…

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The roof is finished. The guys did an awesome job. They started shingling around 1pm and were finished with the shingles by 5pm.

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By 6pm, they finished the ridge line vent, sealing along the tin roof on the carport, and mounting the satellite dish (we still need DirecTV to realign it Sunday- so no TV til then) they cleaned up and were gone around 6:30pm. They really did a great job- they were able to repair the “flaws” in the original construction of the add-on and the roof looks great! 10102008 095

Let the work begin…

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The roofers showed up this morning (on time, I might add) and started work on repairing our leaky sun room. We opted to have the whole roof re-shingled. We’re having 30 year architectural shingles installed. I think it will look pretty sharp when it’s finished. Within about an hour they nearly had half the shingles tore off the roof. By lunch time they were finished clearing the shingles, and had them piled quite nicely in the back of the dump truck.

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It’s no wonder the roof was leaking- The company that built the add-on to the back house failed to do a few “important” things- Such as removing the existing shingles so they could properly “marry” the new roof to the existing roof. they also failed to make a mitered cut on the plywood butting up to the existing roof- They did place a piece of metal flashing on the joint- BUT, they failed to actually attach the metal to anything… Need I say more? At one point in the roof, there was literally enough room for me to stick my hand between the existing roof and the add-on roof! Shoddy workmanship all the way around if you ask me! I have no idea how the roof lasted as long as it did- and why we didn’t have leaks across the complete back of the house!

Time to dry out the sun room!

Time to dry out the sun room!Time to dry out the sun room!I’m seriously having doubts where home improvement services are concerned. We have spent the last several months trying to get one company or another out to the house to make repairs. And when they finally do make an appointment with us- they don’t show up. I’m really starting to wonder what the problem is. We live a good ways from Greenville- But we’re not out in the middle of the boonies or anything. We had an appointment for some roofers to come over early this morning to give us an estimate on a roof repair. They finally made it around 5pm.

Some time ago, Jan had 3 rooms added on to the back of the house- a sun room, bathroom and computer room. Well it seems they didn’t do a very good job roofing the add-on, and now we have a leak. We have no idea how long it has leaked- We travel a lot and hadn’t noticed any leaks until this summer- when we noticed some of the hardwood flooring is ruined. We now have half a dozen drip pans in the room. If it rains 1/2 inch outside- we end up with 4 inches inside. We got a pretty good estimate today, and will get a few more before we select our roofers. That is assuming we can actually get anyone else to come over…  (I know the photo of Jan really doesn’t have anything to do with the post- I just want to see those blue eyes..)

Photomerge…

Earlier, I was reading a blog by Trent Nelson . He is an amazing photographer I had the great pleasure of working with for 10 years (shy by 1 month) at The Salt Lake Tribune. In that 10 years I learned a lot from Trent- and even a year after I left the Trib- I’m still learning things from him. He blogged about using Photomerge to combine a group of images into a panorama. I had never tried Photomerge, and after reading his blog, I stepped outside and quickly snapped off a couple of images so I could give it a try. And as he said- it’s still better to merge the images manually, but the auto did a pretty good job-
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looking west