Week 18 – Fiddling with the Roof

24 02 2012

The roof/ceiling moisture saga continues.  The roofer came and removed a 2′ section along each side of the center ridge over the vaulted ceiling in the bedroom only.  The roof over the rest of the addition is fine, that’s why we suspect this might be a condensation issue.  Now we have to sit and wait for the wood to dry out, and then the roofer will replace everything.

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Once the roof moisture issue gets resolved (hope they can figure it out), then there’s only painting, wood floors, and bathroom fixtures to install.  Also waiting for a landscaping bid for the backyard.  Separately I’m getting estimates for gas logs and chimney relining, gutters, drainage, walkways, a new garage door and a new front door. It seems never ending for such a small house.

Week 17 – The Yellow Spot Grows

23 02 2012

As some of you know that little yellow spot on the bedroom ceiling has turned into a major headache and is causing the project to fall behind schedule.

To investigate this I bought a moisture meter (yes, we’re big fans of Mike Holmes).  The meter showed the drywall was 100% saturated at the yellow spot and along the center beam at the peak of the cathedral ceiling in the master bedroom.

There is no attic or crawlspace over this bedroom, so we had our contractor open some of the drywall and discovered it was like a sauna up there.  Lots of beads of condensation on the surrounding wood rafters.  Both the fiberglass insulation and plywood sheathing felt damp.  More moisture readings reveals just how wet the wood was.  It made the meter peak to the highest levels for softwood over 30%.  This is not good. Ugh.

Now the question becomes, is there a roof leak causing this moisture and condensation or the lack of ventilation?  Only time will tell as everyone tries to get to the bottom of this.


The couple of other things that got done this week. Not too exciting, but making progress.


Fireplace Gets Gas

Added Gas Line to Fireplace

LOWERING THE GAS & WATER LINES to meet code for the required distance under the concrete walk.

Lowered Gas & Water Lines