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Saturday, November 16, 2013

And the roof goes on, but not until Tuesday

Mother always said other people went out for a quart of milk, and I went out for an adventure. I was at work before nine yesterday; things to do before I left for Columbiana. The man in the plaid shirt was the boss of all the pipe. He's gone. Now we have the boss of the shingles. He wears a green ball cap. He wife may not like him, either. The daring young men and I remain friends.


The young men were on top, and shingles already were tumbling when I arrived. I stayed well off the parking lot; I went out to the sidewalk to take my pictures. Used my telephoto, and everything!




I thought I'd go a little up the drive to the upper lot and take pictures of the mess of shingles coming down. That got the attention of the man in the green cap.  He came across the lot yelling and waving his arms. "You can't come up here!" I came as far as I intended to, almost up to this hand stuck straight out, while his other hand motioned for a truck to get over there. 

As soon as he had the place effectively blocked from an old lady he left, and I took pictures of stuff already on the ground, before nine in the morning. Good for them, getting up so early!



Then I walked on the grass, behind the tailgate of the white truck and leaned against a tree on the corner to take a couple more pictures. Here's stuff going down:



Here's stuff coming up.  I was real sorry I hadn't hooked my cane over my arm so the man in the green cap could see what a tough old lady he really was dealing with.



Saturday morning. This morning. Things are happening. No shingles, yet. I took this from across the street, because the boss in the green cap already gave me "The Eye."





I drove over to the town hall, parked in the lower lot and walked on the grass to the corner of the upper lot. I turned to take a picture, and look at that. The boss in the green cap really wants to be on the ground. When there, he got in the white truck and left.



The daring young men called over, "It's OK, you can get off that grass and come over", and so I did. I got thumbs up from them before they went back to their roof. They also told me the shingles would start going up on Tuesday. As I drove home I saw shingles were just starting to come down on the other side of the building.

16 comments:

  1. It's going to look really good when it's finished

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  2. I'm enjoying the progress of the new roof almost as much as if I were there. I'm impressed with the steady work of the contractors. Some construction jobs seem to go in such starts and fits as the contractor tries to juggle a bunch of projects at once--in the process making everybody crabby.

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  3. Don't worry there is always one on every building site, I enjoy watching buildings build up and have been told to move along or not take photos by bosses the workers usually are happy to talk and enjoy the attention.
    Merle..........

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  4. Roofing is totally different in the USA than in India. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I'm with Leenie... enjoying this transformation through your photos and commentary as much as if I were there. I'd probably have shaken my cane at the evil eye guy but then he might have something bad happen and think it was all my fault.

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  6. Oh I can just see your stance when you first talked to green hat. Good for you -- I so dislike men that act tough to women -- little does he know that women are the tough ones. -- barbara

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  7. It gives me the willies just to see people walking around on the roof!

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  8. I totally believe your mother :)

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  9. Your mother was right.
    That green cap guy was a little snarky, maybe he's afraid of heights.

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  10. We had a new roof put on our house last year. Yeah, I know all about shingles. Lol.

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  11. Ive had to catch up on the story. That guy in the green cap better watch his step. He has no idea who he is dealing with.

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  12. I'm amazed that they're using slate. That will look wonderful!

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  13. Your mother had you pegged--even today. Reminds me a little of the children's book, "Harriet, the Spy." I'm sure you don't miss a thing.

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  14. Some places here use cedar shingles, but it's quite rare and usually on little huts and summer-houses or cricket pavilions. The tradition of using wood for almost everything in America is an old one, eh?

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  15. Pulling off a roof job is no joke. Just look at the number of people it involves. Quality control should not only be on the roofing material, but on the scaffolding and architecture of it. Like how the red cuts through the black or dark colors, maybe something avant garde that you can keep Heh? Anyways, judging from those pics, so far so good.

    Sarai @ Edmunds General Contracting

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  16. I for one am really glad you like to go for adventure and take your camera along too. What fun to see the roof taking shape.

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