I usually have energy for one big outdoor project per summer, rebuilding the back porch was this summer's big project. But after watching the garage roof leak like a sieve after a mid-September rain storm, I figured I might not be able to put this one off any longer. Every year I went up there and patched holes, but it was becoming less and less effective. So, with a good looking weather forecast and a bunch of intense emotional energy to burn, I decided to give re-roofing the garage a go! It took only 10 days and it only rained once, on the 9th day!
The old roof was metal sheeting with many holes in it. The problem is the pitch of the roof is too small, so the water doesn't run off very much, especially when all the neighbor's trees shed their droppings. The water just sits and works it's way through the screw holes rotting the wood. In time there are major leaks!
Oliver snoopervised from a safe distance.
And later made sure no one disturbed the ladder.
Snoopervising is a hard job, so Pierre came by to assist his pa.
I heard rumors around the job site that the snoopervisors might be trying
to unionize in order to demand better wages.
The old red metal roof was put on top of the even older asphalt shingle roof. I tore it all off and replaced the many rotten wood rafter bits and then began with new sheeting. At first I thought of trying to reuse the old metal sheet roof, but there were just too many holes.
Oliver, patrolling the job site.
I hauled all the materials on top of my car! I forgot how many trips it took, maybe five or six. Seemed like it took longer to haul the materials than build the roof!
Getting the materials secured on the roof was a bit of a challenge, considering the metal roof panels are 12 ft (3.66 m) long! Thankfully, I'm not far from the building supply store and I figured out how to sandwich the metal panels between the sheets of OSB sheeting, to keep them from sliding around. The red tie down straps go through the rolled down windows, which means with the car loaded, the doors do not open - all entry and exit is accomplished by climbing through the window, just like The General Lee in the Duke's of Hazzard!
Oliver successfully negotiates higher pay for the feline laborers.
And the new roof!
(notice our amazing 24-hour vet clinic in the background)
It was a lot of work, but it feels awesome to have gotten this project done, especially since I wasn't expecting to get around to it until next year. But, now with this done, I don't know what I'll do next summer! Maybe that greenhouse I've been dreaming about...