Monday morning the final touches were put on the roof before submitting it to scrutiny by the city building inspector. This meant that the nails had to be driven flat, all the seams even, the insulation was the right kind and grade, the new plywood met standards. We ended up having to have more preparatory work done that we had thought because of both the age of the original roof and all the new city requirements. By the time the crew left, however, it looked ready to be checked.
|New plywood in the front. Pkgs. of new shingles stacked on the ridge line.|
|In the back|
Tomorrow they will finish up on the west corner in the back, anchor down the flashings of the skylights and solar tube, and generally prepare for Tuesday's final inspection. There are a couple of things that have to be done inside the house, too. Mr. C was thrilled when he heard this news but has been led, gently, to understand that it MUST be done. It is now required that any room in a house that has a closet must have a smoke alarm so that means, for us, three smoke alarms when now we have none. Any hallway must have both a smoke alarm (yes) and a carbon monoxide alarm (no). The hallway alarms must be hardwired. So on Monday, John will install two combo units in our two hallways and three alarms in the bedrooms/office. These are items we didn't need when the house was built. If everything is as it should be (must be!) we should be finished with this little project.
But wait! There's more! The pool has developed a nasty leak and, before we head south again, we must get it repaired.
We noticed we'd been losing water ~ there is an autofill function and you can hear it click on and I was hearing it constantly ~ and this is a very bad sign. There is a crack on one side of the fountain feature and we think that's where the leak is located. Mr. C turned off the autofill ten days ago. As of this morning, the pool level is down 9". Through some mathematical gymnastics (how many gallons of water in a cubit foot = 7.5 X the L & W of the pool X how many inches of water have been lost ) we arrived at 2,000 gallons. Yes, we've lost about 200 gallons per day.
We'll let it continue to drain until it stops and, the thinking goes, that will be the site of the leak. So, she asks, what if it drains dry? Then what? Stay tuned.