Working late into last evening, Attila’s arms gave out before he could finish installing all of the sheathing on the installed roof rafters. It was after 9:30 p.m. when he threw in the towel.
Yesterday was his big push day, and his arms bore the brunt of the big push. In the wee hours I awoke to find him up and about, the pain in his arms was sufficient to prevent him from sleeping. After taking a few Ibuprofen, waiting for 30 minutes, he returned to bed, and slept soundly through the rest of the night.
I arose as usual 5:30 a.m., and planned on awakening Attila at 8:00 a.m. However, the telephone rang at 7:30 a.m., a call from the dumpster company wanting to come and pick it up today. Well NO! Since Attila is handling the dumpster situation, I roused him to speak with the person on the telephone. They are picking the dumpster up on Monday, which is what Attila arranged with them in the first place. The woman was fairly aggressive about picking it up today, Attila wasn’t having any of it.
This morning the rest of the sheathing was installed on the installed roof rafters. If it rains, the joints of the sheathing can be closed temporarily with duct tape, which was my bright idea, Attila liked it. The taped sheathing will be far more waterproof than the old roof.
After finishing the sheathing, it was time to begin removing the last quarter of the old roof. It is early afternoon as I write this, 1:32 p.m., and Attila is hard at it with the Sawzall. He is hoping to have the rest of the old roof off by 5:00 p.m.
I have been finding anything I can to keep busy, and to keep from thinking about the roofing project. This is difficult, not impossible, but difficult. There is the constant whine of the Sawzall, buzzing its way slowly through the thick tarry layer and wooden boards. I also keep an ear open for uncomfortable noises, or silences, knowing that Attila is working all out on a roof, and on a ladder. No uncomfortable noises so far, and I don’t anticipate there will be, but my being listens carefully just in case.
There was filing to be done this morning, dishes to be washed, dried and put away, plants to water. Dinner will be cooked in the Instant Pot again, Sweet and Sour Chicken with Rice and Vegetables; I am very fond of all-in-one dishes. I’ve already been to the building centre with a list from Attila.
Attila’s dream today, to finish demolishing the old roof by 5:00 p.m., was just that. He just brought down the last section of the old roof, just minutes ago. It was a gruelling day for him, operating the Sawzall for hours and hours, and dealing with 100 lb. sections of the old roof, which had to be taken to the dumpster. The last section of roof refused to come down. In the end, a winch was used to pull it down.
A quarter of the garage is open to the sky.
I congratulated Attila, and headed to the grocery store to buy him ice cream. That last piece was a milestone worth celebrating, the last piece of truly disgusting infrastructure was finally disconnected from Mist Cottage, and from our lives.
After a big bowl of ice cream, Attila decided to take a bath. He has plans to go back out to the garage to work into the night, moving the last large heavy sections of the old roof into the dumpster. When that is completed, he will move as many of the water sensitive items as possible to safety under the new roof rafters and sheathing. The items that cannot be moved to the dry area of the garage will be covered with tarps.
Tomorrow, Attila will be able to start installing the remaining roof rafters, and sheathing. He might even get as far as installing the underlay and strapping for the metal roof. There is a possibility that the metal roofing might be installed on Sunday. He will be working in the rain for the next two days, but the pressure will be off once all of the rafters and sheathing have been installed.
I have pictures on the camera, but at this late hour I am not up to getting them downloaded and inserted into the entry.
I am off to my bed, Attila is soaking in the tub, most of the old garage roof is in pieces in the dumpster, all is as it should be. It was a good day.
Date: 10:00 PM EDT Friday 22 June 2018
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.3 kPa
Dew point: 11.2°C
Wind: ENE 10 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
Tonight Increasing cloudiness early this evening. 30 percent chance of showers overnight. Low 15.
Sat, 23 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. Wind southeast 20 km/h becoming light in the afternoon. High 19. UV index 6 or high.
Night Cloudy with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 16.
Sun, 24 Jun Cloudy with 60 percent chance of showers. High 21.
Night Cloudy periods with 30 percent chance of showers. Low 13.
“Little by little, one travels far.”
J. R. R. Tolkien
1892 – 1973
I’m so glad the rain hasn’t gotten to you yet! We’ve had rain since about 6PM.
Teri, we were lucky, when I posted this entry the rain had not started yet. When I got up to use the facilities at 1:45 a.m., the lights were still on, and Attila was still at it. I went down to the garage to check on him, and it was raining.
Bex, this is the renovation from hell, by far the worst thing Attila has ever had to tackle, and it is coming along better than I had hoped for!
I like the way you celebrate with simple treats like ice cream. When ice cream is constantly in our freezer (pfft; as if it lasts long), it isn’t as much of a treat. Or is it? It never got tired, for my mother and grandfather and my sister too methinks.-Kate
The man must have x-ray vision, working at 1:45AM! Talk about dogged determination!
Kate, Attila loves ice cream! We don’t keep sweets in the house, I cannot resist them, and sugar is not my friend, nor is cholesterol. But I do enjoy it as a treat. Since this is, after all, Attila’s vacation, it seems fitting to celebrate every chance that comes along!
Teri, Attila, once he decides to get something done, is virtually unstoppable. He uses a head lamp when he works at night, which he needs on this project because the power is turned off to the garage, as some of the wiring had to come out with the roof.
So she awakened him at 7:30 in the blessed a.m. to try to change the deal? That was so not smart.
Sending all my best wishes that the Attila determination doesn’t hurt him.
Wendy, yes, she called at 7:30 in the a.m., I think she was hoping to catch us off guard, because she had another customer who wanted it. Too bad. Her logic was flawed in our case, Attila is at the peak of his “don’t mess with me” mode for the day, when he first wakes up, she caught him at just the right moment to deal with aggression to match her own.
I am hoping he does himself no harm, he certainly is pushing himself to the limit of his endurance. He will have the sheathing on today, he thinks. I hope so. Once all the sheathing is on, the pace can slow, the garage will be relatively secure from the weather, he can finish the job in the evenings after work, and on the two two-day weekends a month he now has. It will probably go on for weeks, perhaps months, but by the time the snow flies, I think it will be done.
I’ve passed along your good wishes, 🙂