Friday, December 16, 2011

Amateur re-roofing-part 2 (raining indoors).

I meant to post this weeks ago after part 1, but time has got away again, better late than never!
So the day started out lovely and sunny and in spite of checking the BOM radar for rain clouds,which were nowhere in sight, it rained. It poured half way through our DIY roofing! Rain soaked through the insulation, ran down the roof, hit the uprights and flowed down the inside walls. 
If we had a video running, you could of had a good laugh (on us).
 We gave up trying to save the insulation from drowning and focused on the inside paintwork. We attempted the "bucket save", but didn't have nearly enough buckets to line the walls and catch the water coming through the ceiling. It was so comical seeing indoor rain, we stood there like drowned rats and laughed and laughed. Of course the kids were no help and watched as we mopped the walls and floor with any rags we could find. The aim was to stop the exposed nails (from sanding the floor) from getting too wet and bleeding stains into the woodfloors. 
Part of the kitchen and bathroom ceiling took the brunt of the moisture soaking in, and bubbled (of course).More patchwork painting to be done. At least the barrier between us and the asbestos ceiling is getting greater!

After the rain passed.
The roof carnage!
The backyard carnage!

The shanty town, drying the rags (you never know, we might need them again!).
Well, this is a warts and all kinda tale.
Where metric meets imperial.
Looks kinda ridiculous, but thats all that the budget will allow for at this stage. The plan is to get someone else to do the tricky parts next time.
Still more screws to put in and that dubious (asbestos) vent-pipe to re-attach. I think I was meant to say something about screwing every second ridge on the outside sheets or something, but who would bother doing this themselves right, you'd have to be crazy!
Some beams must have been rotten? and needed changing, so the screws have been fixed where they  needed to go rather than following a string line (above the bathroom in particular).
So what is the damage to our $10 000 budget.
$1 150 for the iron sheets and hex screws (with leftovers) bought on line (Stramit product) and delivered.
$370 for the insulation-Anticon.
Extra sarking, leftovers from our house and some freebie from a neighbour(which saved us a few hundred dollars).
Apparently for roofs with no air gap, you sandwich the insulation between outer layers of sarking, which is why we like to use the Anticon with the sarking already on one side.
Weight lifted onto the roof in two days - 250+kgs.
So who's up for a bit of re-roofing?


  1. Oh you guys must have been spewing about that rain! I feel for you with all the extra work that must have created, tis all looking good now though. melx

  2. Oh no! There is no glamour in renovating, is there? Isn't it always the way that...the day you need it not to rain, it does. Jason would've been in the foetal position, rocking backwards and forwards if it were us! Love that you wrote about this.xx

  3. Oh dear thinking of you Simmone sending sunshine your way.

    Always Wendy

  4. Cool blog. Nice offer too. Jones Roofing Company could be done easier with our company's experience with this kind of job.

  5. The whole “raining inside the house” thing must have been totally crazy! But I am somewhat happy that you managed to laugh the matter off and focus on saving parts of the house as much as possible. The patches of new roof beside the old ones looks kinda ridiculous, I agree. Although things couldn’t be helped when you’re on a tight budget, I still wish that you can find the means for a better material soon since our home is our lifetime investment. And also that you get contractors to do the tricky parts for you next time. As what they say, “Leave it to the experts!”

    Karen Burgess

  6. The funniest thing about the whole situation is that you are actually re-roofing when the rain poured without warning. That made things worse, but it's good that you laughed the matter off. I just wish you have fixed the roof in time before the next rain came.
    Pleasance Faast

  7. It's really unbelievable how destructive a faulty roof can be. Why did the roof turn out to be like that anyway? I have an idea though. When you said that you plan to get someone else do the tricky parts next time, were you talking about someone wearing a hard hat, a traditional vest and trousers? ;) I hope things are better now for your family.


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