Saturday, September 21, 2013


Took down the shelving.  Took down the damaged dry wall in this section.  Surprise, insulation.  I guess I should be glad.  I could be pulling out gobs of rotten, moldy insulation by the handfuls.

Pulled up the carpet and found tile.  And a subfloor blooming with black mold.
That's gotta go.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

This Old House

Plywood isn't supposed to look like this.
Gutters removed, shingles removed, top layer of roofing removed, and I found this dirty mess.  Looks like this has been years in the making, a problem exacerbated by faulty construction.

Started removing the panels and found mold.  Yay.
Let a little light in...
This morning I removed the rest of the roof and the rotted eave.  I'm hoping, but have not yet confirmed, that this part will be salvageable.  The water damage is significant.
I'm going to leave it exposed to the elements until it dries out, then I'll have to do some sanding and sealing.  Oh, it should be fun.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Found my Problem

The sun came out long enough to get out and do some exploratory work.  Ripped off the gutters and found this, a rotten, soaked eave bulging off the house.

Note how the grit on the shingles has been washed away.

Close-up view:

The view from the ground:
Short-list of things to do:

Replace the roof over the closet
Replace this eave in particular and any others that are like this
Redo the floor of the closet.
Redo the dry-wall
Remove rain gutters
Scrape, sand, and paint the eaves
Replace gutters

In addition to that my back door doesn't close right anymore.  Not sure if it's due to the wood swelling or the house shifting.  I'm hoping it's not the latter...

The Deluge

It could be worse.  The roof on the house proper held up admirably, but the roof on the added closet where I stored most of my paper items (manuscripts, notebooks, etc) sprung a hundred leaks. 

The drywall ceiling collapsed finally...well, half of it.  The other half I will take down as soon as it dries up a little.

Which I thought would happen today.  But I wake up this morning and the weather reports have changed:
Temperatures along the Front Range could hit the low 70s Monday, but more rain is expected and dry, blue skies aren't likely until Wednesday or Thursday.
Um, that's not really going to work for me.

Things I wish I had that I don't:

A shop-vac
A big Dumpster
Sunny skies, dry ground, and a few days for carpentry