The haunting words of the Wreck of the Edmond Fitzgerald comes to mind after this last saturday……something about the gales of November came early and a hurricane westwind.
We finished up the tall scaffold for the access for chimney repairs. This will now likely be in spring as the weather is too cold and the brick too exposed to protect during the curing process.
We also tweeked the forms for concrete – almost there, ready for concrete. Shuswap Concrete pumping has agreed to donate thier services – a real boon to volunteers not to have to wheel concrete into place – I am only good for about two loads doing it that way.
Seeing as the cold weather is apon us we have put plastic up in the windows and put some temp plywood doors on the entrances and finally set up the wood stove for a bit of drying heat for my fingers…er I mean the building.
We are haviong real trouble attracting a roofing contractor to put shingles up. We have been asking around for a couple of months now and have found some interested parties – but they are missing insurance or other basic requirements. Many times they simply don’t call back. We have a grant to pay for shingles but need the roofing community to get on the program of at least giving us a quote for the work. This is very frustrating. I challenge the roofing community to deliver on this. I am amazed at the lack of interest and lacklustre behavior of the people we have tried to contact. There are some exceptions – but not enough yet. Why are you all so afraid of a basic written contract? Nothing special – you need WCB registration and insurance, provide a quote and sign at the bottom. Why is that so hard?
Up coming for the next week or so are:
– put some spanish windlass’s on the concrete forms
– tarp the roof ( since no roofers are showing up – grrrr)
– some screws and tweeks for the roof plywood to make it ready for roofers.
– pour concrete !!!!
– start in on the hidden ridge truss – the final step of roof repair
– re-attach the tension rods across the building.
Here are some more photos, I really like Dave 1 doing a Samson routine. Dave 2 with his finger caught in the door is great too. Thanks to Albert for taking these:
sorry about the photo on its side, still haven’t figured out how to fix that.