January 3rd, 2009

Kevin and Lisa

Plan B: Implant Roof Fungus

The plastic sheeting that Lisa installed on the roof of the old house mostly blew away in the big storms of Christmas and New Year. Getting back up on that roof is problematic -- we need to get the carnage on the opposite side of the house cleared away first, and there simply isn't enough time or good weather for it. Therefore, somewhat in desperation, Lisa decided to go up into the attic and see if there was much that could be done from the inside. It's been over a year since she's last been above the ground floor, and she feared the worst.

As it happens, things aren't quite as bad as we feared. While there is lots of water on the ground floor, the damage on the upper floor and attic (it's a full-height attic; basically a third floor of the building) is less than expected. However, standing in the attic, you can see daylight through holes in the roof. Lisa sprayed lots of expanding foam into the holes in the hope that it will fill them up and sort of discourage the wet from getting in. (Stopping it entirely is too much to hope for.)

The foam merrily filled up cracks and went out onto the roof. The results from the outside are somewhat amusing-looking.
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It's a pity that there isn't a hatch from the attic to the roof; if there was, it might well be easier to get at the roof and do the repairs than by the pair of ladders we've been using.
Kevin and Lisa

Oregon Hayes and the Tree Branch of Doom

After injecting Roof Fungus, Lisa decided that, this being the last full day I was going to be here for a while, we'd better try and do something about that massive tree branch that was hanging out toward the old house. She'd rather get a licensed and bonded tree outfit out here, but her father was more likely to hire in any good old boy with a truck and a chainsaw. Lisa points out that this might have been okay fifty or sixty years ago, but you can't trust these fly-by-night people today -- they either will wreck your house and run for it, or if they get hurt, they'll sue you for everything. So there was nothing for it but for Lisa to get kitted up with her work gear and climbing harness and try to safely bring the branch down on her own.

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So a potential disaster is now only a nuisance. Clearing these heavy branches and rebuilding the lean-to is going to be a difficult task, but not an impossible one.

It's a pity, though, that the only thing the redwood branches are probably good for is firewood. I don't know of any other good use for them, not being a wood worker or anything like that. If there was anyone nearby who wanted the wood, we'd be happy to give it to him/her if s/he would haul the logs away. The waste of good wood was more apparent in another part of town, where workers were reducing a very large tree that had completely toppled to firewood-sized pieces. That seems a real pity, as it was a large tree and would almost certainly be better used as lumber; however, I guess nobody though to ask the mill across the river in Lyons if they'd want to have this tree -- or maybe the mill wasn't interested in just a single tree.