It's dried out again. I still cant find the leak in the roof from the
outside. The workshop is an addition on the side of the house. Really heavy
rain run off the house so fast that the workshop roof floods, and leaks. We
had more rain in a week, than is normal for two months. It was worse two
years ago, when a small (in area) storm dumped six inches in an hour. I live
on the south end of the west coast of Vancouver Island, and they don't call
this a rain forest for nothing!
There are other workshop hazards here. A few days ago, I went over to a
friends house. Returning twenty minutes later, to find a large male black
bear sitting near my front door! It took some doing to scare it away.
Bears and cougars are common here! When I visited my relatives around
Halesworth Suffolk, it was clear that we had very different ideas about the
definition of the words "rural" and "remote".
You really made me jump when you mentioned bears! I thought, what part of GB
are YOU in?! Had to go and look at the file properties to learn the truth :)
I had this leaking workshop roof problem here in the west country for years
till recently, when it all got TOO much. I found a Swedish firm who make
pressed steel sheet (looks like roof tiling) and got a few sheets from their
UK depot. Brilliant stuff, if expensive, though I guess a proper tiles-on
timbers-roof could have cost the same. Put it on single handed - just! I
added some more slope to the "rafters", excuse the description! Actually
added several hundred percent to their almost non-existent strength as well!
The sheets were fastened by self-cutting screws with integral sealing
washers, using a socket on the electric drill.
Roof is now 100% watertight and storm-proof.. I still keep the
dehumidifier going, but whereas it was 100% duty cyle before, now its on
just a couple of hours a day, running lightly, to get rid of the moisture I
breathe out when I hit my fingers, or swear at the lathe....
I am a bit tired of all the American politics on rec.crafts.metalworking,
and subscribed to this group. We have enough constitutional constipation
here in Canada! In any case, my roots are in the UK. My father was born in
Walpole Suffolk, and both maternal grandparents were British.
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