Some you win, and some just rain on you…

We started this week, after the welcome warmth of last week, with a light dusting of snow on Easter Monday. Please make a mental note of this as it will be important later…

We returned to work on Tuesday, on the last elements of the drying rooms, with Mike working on the plumbing and me fitting and painting the skirting boards. On Wednesday I started work on the windows, dismantling them so that we can reglaze them. The large opening window came out cleanly (but very rotten); the small opening window popped out like a dream; and when we removed the wooden panel that used to fill the third segment, we discovered that there were random bits of wood we needed to remove to return the aperture to its original size.

With the bits of wood removed, I continued the work of stripping the paint and digging out old putty, ready for us to reglaze.

Today we were finally in a position to move the washing machines and tumble dryers into place. They had previously been located in the old scullery, but the roof over that is leaking more each day that passes, so it is a relief to move the equipment into a dryer room…

…but is it?

To our horror today, we noticed water staining on the ceiling and walls of the drying room. You may recall that earlier this year, we had a major flood here before we had installed the plasterboard, and we thought we had cured that problem. We have had considerable volumes of rain since then without any hint of trouble, so the best we can guess is that somehow some snow must have been blown through a gap somewhere, stayed frozen for two or three days, and has subsequently melted and run under our new roof to make this mess. So, thinking caps were put on…

…and we pushed holes out of various ceilings in the rooms under the rest of that large flat roof to see if we can find out where the water was getting in. Unfortunately, it’s still not clear. We can see water running along the metal joints of the stramit boards, but cannot see any trace of water feeding down towards these metal struts.

We plan to keep thinking about it over the weekend (which should, mercifully, be dry) and if not other solution presents itself, we will probably be cutting through to separate the two roofs next week to see it that stops it!

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