Friday, December 22, 2006

Getting started

Welcome to the Old Home Blog. I'm going to take you along with me as I continue to restore, maintain, and cherish, my 1939 Cape Cod home. It's full of charm; and challenges. For example, it's raining today, three days before Christmas, and there are two different leaks coming into the house. One in the attic and one in the dining room.

The attic leak is around the chimney and is a complete mystery. The chimney was tuck-pointed in spring and a new roof was put on in late spring. The roofer is supposedly coming back after the rain stops to take a look at it. He said that about three weeks ago too.

The leak in the dining room has been there since the day we moved in. We re-sealed the flat "sunning porch" that's directly above that leak to the tune of about $2,000. Didn't solve the problem. So persistent was that leak that I ended up cutting out a portion of the dinning room ceiling to see exactly where it was coming from. Better to cut it myself than come home from work to see the entire ceiling on my dinning room table. The image to the right shows the leak prior to cutting into the plaster ceiling. Still haven't determined where that leak is coming from. I'm certain you'll be hearing more about my battles with that leak in the future.


So here's my first piece of advice for you: if you ever consider buying a house with a flat roof, turn and run. Either that or (A) be prepared to coupe with leaks or (B) be prepared to reconstruct the roof so it's no longer flat. If money were no object, that's what we'd do. Have a contractor come in and extend the roof line from the front of the house to the back, covering this retched sunning porch. Sunny porch... it's on the north east corner of the house! The sun almost never hits it! Just another thing to make me shake my head.

Before I dig too deeplying into the projects I'm currently working on, maybe I'll take you through the projects I've already tackled. Look for those soon!

Happy holidays!

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