Dangerous words, my friends.
"I think I can have it done in two days," he said.
Always double your estimate.
I told him to just take out the skylight. It's a cumbersome thing, installed by a previous homeowner in the 70s. It's always leaked from time to time. It's over a small bathroom (downstairs). It's nice to have the extra light, but not worth the pain of dealing with links.
"I think I'll put in one of those SolaTubes," he said.
So his brother Greg came over, and they ripped into the skylight. In the photo below, you can see the skylight frame behind Greg. The black triangle leading up to the skylight frame is called a "cricket." The cricket is supposed to funnel water away from the skylight, so it won't build up behind it and leak. Operative phrase here: supposed to.
Mark spent all day Tuesday uncovering dry rot. And more dry rot. Amid all the bad dry-rot news, he did uncover one piece of good news. The problem with the slant? No rebuilding required. The proper roof pitches were already in place under the tarpaper. He just had to take out some triangle supports someone had put between the two levels years ago, to create the
Phil May to the rescue! That's him--the blur--in the orange shirt in the photo above. He came over after he got off work and stayed till dark. He and Mark were able to get the new particle board down (Mark's sitting on it), and cover it with new tarpaper. You can see some of the nasty dry-rot area in the roof above the kitchen in the foreground of the photo. Ewww...
Come to find out, the cause of the skylight leak and all the dry rot was the piece of flashing that butts up to the siding of the house. When we had our new roof installed by a contractor about 10 years ago, that flashing was installed incorrectly. (Too bad we didn't know about it then.) For years, instead of guiding the rain water out over the shingles, it has been funneling water underneath the shingles. Some years the leaking is worse than others because more water backs up behind the skylight all at once during heavy rains. Other years it's not so bad.
Unfortunately, the contractor has moved away and we don't have current info, so we're not able to have him come back and correct the problem.
Mark should be able to finish the project completely on Monday or Tuesday. He still needs a few more supplies, so it depends if the roofing store is open on Labor Day.
Ah, the joys of living in a farmhouse that is over 100 years old!
In other Laurel Lane news today...
They really wanted to make jam. That hadn't been on my "to do" list for the day, but why not? I sent them back out to pick more berries so we would have enough for the recipe.