Tuesday 22 June 2010

Roof: Part 2, Day 1

The roofers arrived at 8.00am yesterday (I repeat - 8 in the morning, while I was still in my dressing gown) and got straight into work. All the old slates were off the roof over the back half of the house by midday, and by going home time the 2 chevrons which needed to be replaced were sorted, and the aluminium heat resistant foil had been nailed in place. This is really impressive - all(!) that needs doing on that section now is replacing the voliges (battens) and attaching the new slates. They will also be installing a chapeau on the decompression pipe for the WC while they are in that section.

The back of the house with all the slates removed,
looking towards the staircase tower.

Cutting the aluminium foil. It is felt backed, and
is used to reduce the heat coming in through the slates.
(Assuming summer ever arrives!)
On Sunday Andre asked in a comment about the cantilevered staging. I have taken a close up photo of it in place, but also done a diagram to show how it attaches.

I hope that explains it. (In fact, I hope it's right - it took a while for me to get my head around the fact that they were prepared to trust themselves to such an item!)

For guidance on French roofing terms, here is a good place to start.


Update on my father: He is out of intensive care and looking forwards to food - ice is all he has been allowed for the past 4 days. He has a little TV on which he can watch the news, so maybe he isn't quite as bored as he was.


The Beaver said...

Nice to read about your dad's good news . May be he can enjoy some football on TV (assuming he is a fan) as well as the drama on and off the pitch :-)

Carolyn said...

If he's a football fan, the World Cup TV coverage has plenty to entertain, annoy, discourage, disturb, anger... Okay, maybe soap operas are a better idea.

Simon said...

News 24, at full volume. I will ask my mother, but that's where my money is.

chm said...

Glad to know your father is on his way to recovery.

Like most of these international events, the World Cup is mostly circus. And that doesn't mean it's great football (soccer for the US) either. If your father is like me he couldn't care less about the hoopla!

Word verification is Colocula. Could that be a Roman emperor fond of 'panem et circences'? [See above]

Jean said...

So glad to hear the good news about your father. In my experience if they feel like grumbling, they're on the mend.

Anonymous said...

glad your father's feeling better. if netflix will allow international subscriptions, and he has a laptop, he could watch [selected] movies and TV shows instantly.

Brendan Gertner said...

Mm, there's nothing like getting some work done early in the morning, eh? The roofing work seems to be going quite well, so there's nothing to worry about there. Of course, it's great to hear that your father was feeling better.

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