Up Chuckin’ Away On…

A canale I put in to drain water off the roof of the addition on Tristan’s house (added on before Tristan bought the house). After the addition settled on the side opposite the canale that is supposed to drain the roof, a lot of water was ponding on the roof when it rained.


After spending most evenings last week partying like it was 1399 with medieval scholars, Estevan and I went back to antiquity and found the roof on the addition of Tristan’s house made a fine vomitoruim “to spew forth” over the shoddy workmanship we encounter every time we work on it. This time we removed a swamp cooler off the roof and covered the hole left in the roof where the cooler was with a skylight. We also replaced a skylight that had not been installed properly. That skylight had cracks in it and gaps around its frame so it leaked.  We also caulked cracks along the bottom of the parapet caused by the addition settling, and finished out the inside of the hole under the new skylight. After that we hung a French door in the entrance to the area where the upstairs part of the addition, bathroom, laundry room and bedrooms are.

The washing machine and dryer were moved into a bedroom closet on the second floor above the garage when the addition was built. It’s a strange place for a washer and dryer, so we are trying to figure out where they were before the addition to see if any of the original hookups are still in the walls. We want to move the washer and dryer so we can make the closet where they are now into a kitchenette, then the area of the house over the garage and the addition across the hall can be used as an apartment. But locating where the washer and dryer were originally is proving to be difficult.

A photo Tristan did of me spewing forth over the parapet.


Estefan found the hole in the roof that was left after we took off the swamp cooler was a perfect vertical vomitorium. Photo by Tristan.


Caulking around the skylight. Photo by Tristan.


The two new skylights on the roof of the addition. Photo by Tristan.


The finished hole in the roof underneath the skylight. Photo by Tristan.


I took photos showing a closer view of the shining new skylights.


This is a frayed caulk.


A view of the French door we installed at the entrance to the bedrooms above the garage and the addition taken from the bathroom. Tristan plans on putting stained glass in the Triangle above the door and applying stick-on stained glass on the lights in the door.

12 thoughts on “Up Chuckin’ Away On…

    • Ciao, Simona! I’m using a lot of construction jargon and silly innuendo. Copy and paste the text into Google translate, and see if you can understand it better. Have a marvelous Monday!

  1. Good work, Tim. I have a similar door like the one in your last picture that leads from my bedroom to the patio. Years ago, I put the stick-on stained glass on the panes. Whichever way light happens to shine through, it’s beautiful.

  2. In a lot of new home construction, the washer and dryer is located on the second floor (if there is one). It makes no sense if the washer springs a leak or has an overflow. Often there is no pan and drain to take away the water. If you find the original washer and dryer connections, either it has been repurposed or walled in.

    • Thanks, David. This house was built in 1988. Most houses in the area have washers and dryers in the garage or in a pantry off the garage. But this one could have had them in a different location in the middle level (it’s a three level house), but not in the bedroom closet they are in now.

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