Barn roof repair, day 1
I'll admit that I've wondered
whether hiring someone to
replace the barn roof was a shortcut we shouldn't take, but after
watching the crew of three work from dawn to dusk Saturday, I'm ready
to admit that hiring pros made sense.
Within half an hour of
reaching the farm, they'd torn about half the tin off the south side of
the barn and were getting ready to haul
in the first round of roofing panels. I'm pretty sure this
half hour of labor would have taken me and Mark all day if we'd done it
The boss --- Tony --- is
not only a pro, he also has a gentle way of talking to both his crew
and the barn owners that set us all at ease. If you're local and
need a major job done, let me know and I'll give you Tony's phone
number --- we highly recommend him.
We also really appreciated
the roofers' safety conscious attitude. Mark explained to Tony
right off the bat that we don't have homeowners' insurance. (We
don't have anything valuable enough to insure.) As I brought Tony
a check for the first quarter of his
fee, I overheard him
reminding the crew about safety and telling them to wear their
harnesses at all times.
We felt so confident in
their abilities that we left after a few hours to spend the day building
my brother's chicken coop. When we came home, it
looked like no one had even sustained a scratch. Then Tony called
down from the roof to ask me to check inside Lucy's mouth. "I
think she might have something stuck there," he explained.
Sure enough, Lucy's
relentless chewing had lodged a stick across the bridge of her mouth
where she couldn't paw it out, and Tony had been able to spare enough
attention from the roof to notice. He'd actually tried to pry it
out too, but Lucy didn't trust him quite enough to let him do the
deed. Mark and I teamed up on her and made short work of the
offending stick. What other roofer adds "dog baby-sitter" to
their job title?
They've still got about
two days of work ahead of them to hit the more problematic back side of
the barn and the corner of this side. Meanwhile, we need to
decide whether we want to spend another $400 to $500 to get them to put
gutters on the barn while they're at it.
Nothing else will happen
until at least next weekend, though, because it set in to rain
Sunday. The first thing I did after I woke up was to go out into
the barn and look up. On the south side, under the new tin, I was
amazed to hear one of my favorite noises --- rain drops on a tin roof
--- and to be completely dry.
I'm already starting to
ponder how to take advantage of all this new space. Chick
brooder? Straw storage? Work room? Picnic zone?
Right now, I'm having so much fun dreaming, I don't even want to put
pen to paper and draw potential diagrams.
Our chicken waterer is perfect for broody hens
since she doesn't even have to leave the nest to drink.
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