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03 August 2008 @ 08:15 pm
How come  
... the roof mostly only leaks when B. isn't here?
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fredbassettfredbassett on August 3rd, 2008 07:55 pm (UTC)
Sod's Law of Rooves, I think. Same as Sod's Law of our toilet. It only blocks when we have visitors. But it really isn't their fault. We know it isn't, but it still leads to embarassing conversations, and the Evil Conundrum : To Warn or Not to Warn?
louisedennislouisedennis on August 3rd, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC)
It has, to be honest, leaked once when he was here. At which point he put his head into the attic and pronounced "no holes".

The current plan seems to be to insulate with wool which will absorb the water during rain storms and dry out in between. Presumably the whole house will smell like damp sheep in the interim...
fredbassettfredbassett on August 3rd, 2008 08:14 pm (UTC)
We looked at the wool stuff for our place in France, but couldn't get sufficient assurances that it was mouse proof, and the wet sheep smell would have been a bit of a drawback!
Susanlil_shepherd on August 3rd, 2008 10:28 pm (UTC)
That is just life.

You don't have valley or hidden gutters, do you? They're a nightmare for roof leaks...
lsellersficlsellersfic on August 4th, 2008 10:12 am (UTC)
We have an internal gutter which was fine when last examined. The external gutters are cunningly designed to be lower on the inner edge than the outer so potentially overflow into the house - this could be the cause of the problem. I reckon the down pipes may be blocked or too narrow but I'm too much of a wimp to go up and look myself and B said they were fine last time he looked.

It doesn't leek badly but sooner or later the plaster work is going to come down and then we'll be in trouble...
Susanlil_shepherd on August 4th, 2008 12:03 pm (UTC)
When we lived in a masionette with a very complex hidden and valley gutter system (it was a nice 1930s place)there were pinholes in the lead of the valley guttering. This leaked down into the loft, and then ran down one of the trusses and onto the plaster. Of course, it only did it when it rained. It took ages to diagnose and a bomb to fix...
louisedennislouisedennis on August 4th, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
We do need someone to take a proper look at the roof but I'm hoping it can wait a year or two since we need to see to the exterior paintwork as a matter of urgency so that's likely to be all the spare money this year.
louisedennislouisedennis on August 4th, 2008 10:13 am (UTC)
*bah* that was me. This separate fiction journal thing doesn't half complicate matters...
wellinghallwellinghall on August 4th, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
You have my sympathy - leaking roofs are horrible.

*hugs*