I've been thinking of appropriate musical soundtracks for this project. This week, it's either 'I Can See Clearly Now' as the new dining room window was finally installed. Or, 'Raindrops Keep Falling on my Head' due to a not entirely unexpected roof leak. OK, bad news first....
When we scraped off the popcorn ceiling in one of the upstairs bedrooms, we noticed a few small discolored spots. Nothing was soggy or sagging but it did raise some red flags. This past week we had a fresh batch of snow, followed by warm temperatures which immediately melted the snow. And sure enough, there was a telltale drip....drip.....drip....like some renovation version of an Edgar Allan Poe tale. Couldn't see the source of the problem from the attic hatch and clearly there was water above the ceiling so down it came. It's actually quite remarkable how soggy things were up there and how little it showed from below.
As for the good news, our friend Mr. Bruce installed the new dining room window with help from Jean while I spent most of the day shovelling up soggy debris or screwing down squeaky plywood floors. The old window had leaked a small bit at the bottom corner but was simply too high after the raised dining room platform was demolished. Thanks to Habitat for Humanity ReStore, we acquired a reasonably priced replacement that was exactly the right width and happens to match the existing windows. The boys had to fiddle around with power tools to find a way of cutting out the stucco to drop the sill. Again, a neighbour came to the rescue with a monstrous, gas powered masonry saw. Between that and Monsieur Guy's angle grinder, the job was accomplished in a light drizzle.
Before (window on the right):
One major project down....a million more to go.