Monday, April 6, 2009

Coping with the Recession: Part 2

From time to time, you may find that your house demands your attention. Your immediate attention. Typically, that means your money too. Unless, that is, you are willing to try your hand at fixing it yourself.

I think it was last spring that our roof began to leak. It was slow and infrequent drip back then. We came up with a simple, cost-effective do-it-yourself solution to address the problem, then carried on with our lives.

With the heavy precipitation this past winter, that drip became constant and spread to multiple locations. We were forced to come up with a better solution. This time, it required a ladder, physical labour and some skill development.
Upon summiting the house, I discovered a lake had formed in the middle of the glacier that covered the majority of our roof. Between me and you, I am not a DIY expert; however, I knew I could solve part of the problem with a shovel. To solve the rest, I had to use a life line (Erik!).

Erik's email instructions on how to make a siphon were excellent; unfortunately, my execution was not. But, after a few mouthfuls of roof-slurpee and a several hours to drain, that lake vanished. Problem solved (for now). And, it didn't cost us a dime!


Blogger BikingBakke said...

I think you're using a fairly liberal interpretation of the word "fix".

I'm tired of this stuff. The next fix will last us 50 more years hopefully, although it'll cost more.

April 13, 2009 at 8:19:00 PM MDT  
Blogger Dallas said...

haha that's so funnY!

April 15, 2009 at 1:28:00 PM MDT  

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