Saturday, March 07, 2020

Temporary fix

We won't know if this works until it gets windy again (and there's some wind predicted for Sunday). We took advantage of a calm Friday to hoist old window shutters and a heavy piece of steel onto the edge of the carport roof where it had detached from the structure, then weighted them down with concrete blocks.

You can't see them, but there are three beams under the roof to which it is attached with bolts. The wood is starting to dry-rot and the bolts are no longer holding. I think this 25 (or so) year-old carport's days are numbered.

We must have been a sight: two geezers lifting concrete blocks up a ladder and onto the roof. But we did it without too much huffing and puffing and, thankfully without injury. The roof certainly needs to be cleared of all the debris that falls from the trees. That will be a spring project.


  1. This looks like it’s on your artistic neighbor’s property. ;) We haven’t heard about him for awhile.

  2. Bert may be a senior citizen but he’s still a good hunter!

  3. Eww about the mouse.
    Good luck with this latest effort on the roof of the carport.

  4. Bert keeps you entertained. Our cats usually eat everything but the mouse's head. I assume Tasha is teachable and would have enjoyed chasing the mouse if allowed. Or maybe Border Collies aren't mousers, Poodles prefer chipmunks but will also go for mice just for the fun of it.

  5. I don’t know why you’re calling it temporary. It’s so elegant.

  6. Mitchell has a point, ya know. There is a certain, er, native charm to it that way.

  7. bettyann, ha! It's not nearly as organized or artsy as his stuff!

    judy, thanks. I'm not optimistic for the long run.

    evelyn, Bert starts with the mouse's head. Crunch! Then finishes with the tail. Tasha likes to hunt mice in the tall grass, but she doesn't catch them (thankfully).

    mitch, ain't it though? Since taking the photo, I've added C-clamps to the edges to reduce flapping.

    emm, shabby chic? ;)


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