Saw something SCARY on this morning's walk.
Three blocks west of here, a nice late 50s house
had a tarp on part of its roof since the Nov 2015 windstorm.
A few weeks ago I noticed the tarp had been expanded and redone. Didn't think much about it; lots of houses are still tarped because roofers have been overwhelmed.
This morning it's entirely different. The tarp is off. The back wall is bulging outward, precariously supported by flying buttress bracing. The front wall is starting to cave. The part of the roof covered by the tarp is revealed: not missing shingles but total ruin.
Best guess: A tree cracked some rafters in Nov. The rest of the structure began to fold a few weeks ago, possibly aided by the big rain
, and finished yesterday.
Construction vehicles and portapotties are on scene this morning, so presumably the next step is full demo.
All you fucking idiots
who still think trees are beautiful, take heed. Trees are death.
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Two days later: Nope, not full demo. Partial demo and rebuild. They've taken off the roof, replaced the ceiling joists with new, and removed the bulging part of the back wall. The non-bulged part is braced up straight. A stack of new trusses is on the ground ready to install. Those restoration contractors work FAST.
7/18: New roof framed and sheathed and halfway shingled. Replaced part of back wall framed and sheathed. Good part of back wall no longer needs bracing. Interestingly the new roof isn't a new-STYLE roof. It has protruding bungalow-style rafters like the old one. If I had seen the house for the first time today, without the whole disaster history, I would have assumed they were simply reshingling and residing.
8/14: Not much progress since the last note. They finished shingling the roof but the walls are still bare sheathing. I don't see any internal action either. Noticed that the sheathing is "Johns Manville Weathertite". Was that the stopper? Looking it up online, this product wasn't made of asbestos, but the Gaian faith has a strong tradition of transtranstranstransubstantiation. Any material remotely associated with names that are remotely associated with companies that are remotely associated with EVILLLL CHEMMMMICALLLLSSSS, yea unto the 7th times 7th times 7th layer of connection, is EVILLLL.
8/23: Still the same. Roof done, siding off, no action. Looks like the owner has moved back in. Can't be slothful contractors; they worked astonishingly fast until the EVILLLL name Johns Manville appeared.
9/9: I was doing very short walks during two weeks of preparing and recovering from surgery. Finally got long this morning and hit this part of the neighborhood again. Looks like I missed some big action. Clearly the project got switched from exact restoration to ad-lib renovation. The first new roof, exact replica of original, has been removed! The second new roof is lower, different color shingles, and has metal soffits. Probably better than the bungaloid open ends. Those ends are welcome mats for carpenter ants and wasps. New siding is all up, and all windows and doors were recut and replaced by modern types. NOT better. The original windows were awning type, the BEST. New ones are plastic side-slide, the worst.
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Six months later: The renovated house has been rented and occupied. Seems to be holding up. Observing the outcomes of snow and icedams during this winter led me to conclude
that this particular species of house is intrinsically weak. The species is very common around town, and it's nicely recognizable by the blue tarps on many of the roofs.