Sunday, July 28, 2013

Home Repairs.


We have talked with my friend who is our landlady and have agreed to fix the leaking roof and ceilings with the rent money until it is done. Last month Phil started on the worst leaking spot which was over the bathroom and the front door. The wood and shingles on the roof had to be replaced in that area of the roof. Four sheets of pressed board and several bundles of shingles were bought and used. It was cloudy all morning and even scared us by sprinkling once but it was worse later when the sun actually came out as the heat and humidity were terrible. Unfortunately, I was not much help as I could not lift the sheets of wood up to him though I did try. I became the "waterboy" for the day though I did finally get out the "loppers" and cut back those peach tree branches so he could get up and down that ladder better.

While he was up there hammering the moldy ceiling in the bathroom gave way and fell in.


It had to come down anyway but since we were out of rent money it had to wait until this month. We had a ceiling of trash bags for a month but today was the day to fix it.

First it had to all come down. Just a really nasty job involving old moldy insulation and bugs.

It is rather scary that these double-wides are built with 1"x 2" studs on the roof instead of 2"x 4"'s .

Phil was all tough for a while but finally asked me for a mask. I had to wear one myself and had to take Juliet right out of the bedroom because she got to coughing. (He was actually counting how many ceiling tiles he would need here,  not playing with the led light bulb.)

Six trash bags full of ceiling/insulation trash came out of here.


The first ceiling tile. Phil became a little frustrated at the uneven ceiling joists.


With a bit more work, things got better.
 This is the box for the light/fan that he put in. No he is not an electrician but it was a pretty simple process. We desperately needed a fan for this bathroom. Even before the roof started to leak we were fighting mildew in here.

Here is how it looked when all the way in.

Ok, here is the mostly finished ceiling. We still will probably put trim around the edge.



9 comments:

  1. Boy oh boy that's some dirty hard work. I don't envy you guys at all in this regard. But the finished product looks good, so that's satisfying! Didja ever get that hog?

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    1. I heard that DNR got the hogs. Glad someone did.

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  2. WOW! That is one messy job to take care of. It's a shame you guys had to do it. Yall should come to Alaska and build a log cabin,lol. Glad you got that taken care of and other surprises?

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    1. The other surprises didn't work out so we are here for a while longer :(

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  3. I hope so much that y'all will soon find a place of your own that you can buy, I know it will come, when the time is right, glad your landlady is your friend though!

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    1. She's been like my Mama for a good 16 years now. I had a great mother but I was lucky enough to be given another one :) We're still looking for our own place though our funds have been greatly reduced because Phil has had virtually no work for months now...however, work is picking up again so with a bit of saving....maybe next time we'll be more prepared when the right place comes along.

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  4. The pictures suggest that your roof needs a total replacement rather than just a repair. Leaks have gone to your ceiling, and it really looks like a big mess looking up there. Growing colonies of mold have also been found. This is a clear indication that our roofing system certainly needs proper preventive maintenance.

    Lenore Lung @ Professional Roofing Contractors

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    1. Some people don't understand what self sufficiency is they are just out to make some money. Phil did roofing for many many years. He is replacing anything that needs replacing. If you want to advertise, take it somewhere else.

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