New roof – Part 2

Back of house completed.
ZIPsystem Flashing Tape where nothing existed before. This alone will increase our R value not to mention waterproofing.
Garage and lean-to completed.
Clear Story to roof intersection came out great. Compared to what was there this area is looking so much better.
Looking sharp!

New roof – Part 1

We are installing a new roof and skylights today…well, that was a royal we! We are paying and someone else is doing.

Busy am with 6 to 9 guys on site at any given time.
The house was built in 1974 and it leaked in 74! Solution at the time was roofing over the existing. 2×6 sleepers with plywood, tar paper and shingles were laid right on top of the original.
It looks a lot more scary than it is. We did figure why the old roof failed. Decking was laid on the structure, 2″ ridgid insulation sat on top, then felt paper, then the shingles were nailed through the felt and insulation into the decking! It was destined to fail before the first rain fell. The good news is we have insulation!

The fix will be to lay in a 2×6, fill in the gap with plywood, ice and water up to the clear story window opening, counter flash, trim with PVC and seal up all around.

Ice & Water, underlayment ad new skylights across the back of the house.
New skylights in, shingles well under way. Garage roof stripped. Theses lads are animals!
House is shingles bars around the clear story windows. The 2×6 idea was a bust, however, I can up with a solution that they will try tomorrow.
Can’t get away for architecture even on my day off. I actually don’t mind as long as we keep the water out.
Ice & Water and Roof Runner going on the garage.

Tune in tomorrow for more!

JMans big day

Today JMan was Bar Mitzvah. Given the circumstances we held it at home on our garage. It was just the four of us, the Rabbi, Cantor and our good friend Bret behind the camera.

The event was great and JMan did a fantastic job. We are so proud of our little big man!

JMan reading from the Torah

Rabbi Mike, Cool and the gang and Cantor Sarra

Picking fruit

That time of year again. This year we stayed local and went to Carlson’s Orchards right here in Harvard MA.

I went with a stick em up look and Jess a more doctor lost on a farm!

Not exactly a cool day for picking anything….bar a pint at yours local but nothing like fresh fruit.

Peach Pie or something of that nature on the way and we’ll just graze away at the Blueberries.

JMans big day

Hard to believe that our little man who’s now a head above the rest of us is officially a teenager today.

Here he is at age 3
And just the other day with his red headed sister Harley!

Happy Birthday JMan…..love from all of us.

Can’t have a bday without a bday cake.
JMan about to dig in.

April 18th 1986

34 years ago today I stepped into a plane in Dublin Ireland and emigration to America. However, the weather in NY City that day was whole lot better than what mother nature served up today!

Here’s a photo from 1986 in Falmouth MA. In short I stayed a few weeks in NY City with relations, then took a bus to Boston, train to Easton MA, then discovered Cape Cod! The rest is a series of stories that I’ll write down at some point.

Burn baby burn

We did our first burn last weekend. Like camping without the tent, sleeping bags, cots, gas stove, burned hand burgers, questionable facilities… assuming any are even available and all manner of other things required to spend a weekend in the woods without your house. Well actually, it was more like we were playing Irish knackers with the Hiace vans….except we don’t have the van either. On the other hand since we now live in Harvard MA I guess we really should pick up a Chelsea Tractor!

Now go figure out Irish knackers with Hiace van and Chelsea Tractors.

Have fun around the camp fire!

Down by the pond

Taking in the sight at Thruston’s Beach, Harvard MA
The boys trying to catch dinner!
Jess shows the boys how its done…..well truth be told it’s a bunch of leaves!