MikeL's re-roofing job!
For those of you who heard about all the fun I had this year (1996)
over Labor Day weekend re-roofing my house, house your chance to live
through it vicariously!
We had 7 friends volunteer help for various intervals over 9
days. I owe these friends some big-time favors! In total
the job cost about $4,500, which is mostly materials, dump fees,
taxes, and food for the crew. Glenn guessed that it would've been
$10k - $11k by the pros. It took 21 "squares" and 40 sheets of
plywood. We made no estimate of the garden damage, and we were a lot
more careful than a typical crew would be.
[Click on any image for a larger picture.] We didn't plan the photos,
a friend just took a few pictures, so this is not exactly a neat
chronological presentation. There are only photos of the large
topmost roof work (we did 4 seperate areas), and there are also no
photos of the days that it rained; one of those days it rained REALLY
hard--about an inch in under an hour. Yes, part of the roof was open
at that time...
My advice is "never buy a house that needs a re-roofing done". If you
do, plan on doing the work before you move in, it makes a horrible
mess of the house, it ruins the yard, and if you do it yourself it's
grueling work. Cumulatively, the crew destroyed 7 pairs of gloves, 4
pairs of blue jeans, and 5 t-shirts!
Me sitting on the edge of the dumpster (five tons all told) with a
glass of champagne to celebrate the job's completion! Doesn't that
roof look nice?
MikeL, king of all I survey!
The house is on a slight hill, about 12 feet above the street, with no
alley access. The city doesn't allow the disposal people to put the
dumpster on the sidewalk, so we had to slide all the old junk down a
chute we slapped up on the stairs, then lift it back up again at the
bottom to get it up over the side and into the dumpster.
The small area right in front of the front door was as far as the
delivery truck could reach with the new roofing material, so we had to
carry all of it through the house, upstairs, then pass it out onto
the roof through a window we removed.
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