Sunday, November 19

the fix

I'm almost afraid to say it out loud.

I think I got my roof leak fixed. Shhh! Don't say it too loud.

Just another one of those home repair issues that's haunted me over the past couple of weeks. Water falling through the recessed light fixture above the kitchen sink. Well, not directly above the kitchen sink. That would be too easy. And I have mentioned I can never do anything simply? It was falling just on the edge of the sink, towards the counter top. Can't balance a bowl or pitcher there very easily to catch said falling water unless you pad it with towels first.

Anyway, yesterday I headed over to Lowe's and picked up a can of Great Stuff. And from what I can tell with the wind and rain we had this morning - this stuff really is great! Went over to borrow a neigbor's ladder since mine is too short, and the conversation went something like this.

Me: "Hey! Can I borrow your ladder?

Neighbor: "Sure you can! Uh...why?

Me: "I need to fix my roof."

Neighbor: "Why?"

Me: "Cuz I've got a leak."

Neighbor: "Umm... where exactly is this leak."

Of course I had to go into the whole explanation of where the leak was, how it got to be a leak, and what I was going to do to fix it. The short version of that story is the back side of the house takes all the weather. And the flashing on the little roof of the bay window in my kitchen wasn't cut right, leaving an exposed area. When the wind blows the rain horizontally (the way it was doing last week and again this morning) rain water goes in and then finding it's lowest point, come waterfalling out of my kitchen light.

He grabbed his ladder and followed me over. Neither of us was particularly excited about having to get up on the ladder, but he climbed up there, took a look, then proceded to squirt the Great Stuff into the exposed opening. This stuff is really cool. It's this yellow foam stuff that expands when it gets into a crevace then cures and hardens.

So it's done. For now.

No leak.

Keep your fingers crossed.

3 comments:

Liss said...

fingers are crossed...can you come do some home improvement stuff for me? I'm not very handy where tools are concerned...Neither is Greg for that matter ;) We do have a tool box though

HuheyGroove said...

That stuff is great....seals everything and stains anything!

One MUST have the right tools :)

Stacie said...

Very cool sounding stuff!