Monday, 23 September 2013

Roof Repairs & Lighting

I've known for some months that there was a small leak in the roof at the rear of the house, just above the stair window. It became even more obvious with the new plaster being applied to the internal wall above the window with some recent heavy rain.

Instead of repairing the entire roof, I decided to just tackle the lower four rows of slate and have them replaced. These were massive 300mmx600mm slates which weren't even attached to the roof.

Repairs began on Friday. Removing the felt below the tiles exposed the ceiling below:

The view from underneath:

The old removed tiles below. In very poor state to be of any further use, they would crumble in your hands:

The thickness of the outside west wall, exactly twenty inches wide:

EcoIsle hard at work, adding the new protective layers:

The layers down, secured with new batons:

The finished job below. Despite their looks, the tiles are actually exactly the same as the ones above, albeit 20 odd years younger. The spacing on the older tiles is the same also; the gaps have been filled with moss and grime over the years:

The dip in the roof is caused by a combination of a partially rotted wall plate and sagging rafters. The rafters will be braced from the underside. The main objective of this repair was to keep the water out:

The view of Dundalk from just gutter height:

I purchased some new light fitting for both the bedroom and bathroom, the bathroom ones are yet to be installed:

I may remove the hanging decoration and pull cord:

The upper stairs was also wired for wall lights before the plastering is finished. It's not clear yet if the plaster will fully clear the conduit yet, it may have to be chased deeper into the wall:

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