There is nothing more gratifying than tearing up a project you thought you had done right, but hadn’t. (Where’s that sarcastic font?)
I spent a few hours today and yesterday ripping up the roof over my back porch. It’s not that it wasn’t well built – a herd of elephants could have walked across it and it would have survived. So, why rip it up you might ask.
Well, for three of the wettest springs in the history of Utah, I’ve been fighting leaks. Bad leaks. And I closed in the thing just so I could sit out there on my futon and listen to the rain. And so I could unlock the back door without getting drenched, along with whatever I may be carrying.
The whole thing started so that I would have secure access to the swamp cooler and the attic. I built the first part as a deck, at roof level, so that if I happened to fall while working on the swamp cooler, I wouldn’t land 11 feet down on concrete. Every time I worked on it, even simple things like winter/summerizing, I’d have one of my brothers come and keep me company, so that I’d have someone to dial 911 after I fell and broke both my arms. The second part has two levels, to transition from the height of the original part to something low enough that it fits below the attic access. That makes for a lot of corners that love to collect water.
So here’s the problem. The roof needs to remain relatively level, I need to be able to walk on it and keep tools and supplies on it while I’m working. It needs to be made so that walking on it does not deteriorate it. The hardest part is the connection between the house and the porch, this was where I was getting the majority of the leaks. The sides of the house are old stucco, the kind that is seriously bumpy and uneven. It is impossible to get flashing to fit flush against the wall.
So, if you have any ideas I’d like to hear them. The more input, the more different ideas, the better.