Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Copper Harbor Lighthouse

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

What a Drip! (Part 7)

We had a lovely Valentine's Day on Sunday, but I'll tell you about that later this week. 

The 3-man crew from the spray foam insulation company arrived about 20 minutes early yesterday morning, and they were eager to begin reinstalling our T&G boards. However, Steve had been studying our roof over the weekend and noticed some melting in one other area. He mentioned it to the crew and they tromped around the house in the deep, deep snow and did their own inspection. They agreed there may still be another problem, so they did some more poking around in the small space above the guest bathroom upstairs. Sure enough, they found another pocket the insulation had missed and there was some moisture on the insulation around it. It didn't seem like an actual leak - more like condensation from warm air meeting cold air. Still, they had to dig out the moist insulation and refoam the entire area. Thankfully, they brought their foam truck with them - even though they had no idea they would be spraying any more foam today. They were actually puzzled as to why they brought the foam truck, but it seemed obvious to us that the Lord had His hand in that one.

That issue took up a good part of the day. After lunch, they shaved the insulation that still needed shaving and began the reinstallation of our T&G boards. Did you catch that? Yes, they began the reinstallation of our T&G boards! Although these guys removed the boards 2 weeks ago, none of them had ever installed any T&G. If you remember, they carefully marked each board and location when the boards were removed, and Steve was there to guide and instruct them every step of the way as they began the reinstall yesterday. 

I zoomed in for the next shot to show you some of the reinstalled boards in the peak above the guest bathroom upstairs - and also in the area on the right side of the peak.

I can't tell you how good it feels to know that boards are starting to go back UP! In their last 30 minutes of work yesterday, they also began to rip down some of the plastic in the great room and loft. This is the state things were in when they left for the day.

We can see trees (and snow) through our trapezoids and sliding doors again!

We did find some insulation had oozed through a few spots - mostly between boards - but also in one area of the great room ceiling. Can you see it in the next photo?

Can you see it now?

This arrow should help.

That spot used to look like the area I circled in the next photo. (Sorry about the low resolution.)

We're not sure if the foam pushed the knot outs - forming knotholes - or if the foam just oozed out of two little gaps. We'll find out today or tomorrow when they climb up on the scaffolding to clean off the foam.

OK, back to the tour. When I climbed the stairs, I saw this. . .

and this. . .

and this. . .

and this. . .

and this.

Steve spent some time last evening cleaning up the floor in the loft. He organized and stacked all the boards in neat piles off the floor, and he picked up the garbage and most of the foam off the plastic on the floor. That helped the crew get started very quickly after arriving this morning. 

I can hear Steve out there guiding and instructing them again today. I'm not sure what things look like yet, but I find it encouraging when I hear Steve say to them, "Good job! That looks great!" He's a good boss. They will probably reach some areas this afternoon that will require new boards to replace boards that were ruined in the deconstruction. Not sure how that will go until we get to that point, but I'll update you tomorrow.

All is well (and still reconstructing) in the Keweenaw.

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