Thursday, May 22, 2014

Fixing Things in the Air

Yesterday we finally rented a lift to repair the building. We’d tried on Tues, but a thunderstorm stopped us. We were worried about more rain yesterday and today, so Tia took the kids to school and I was up to go to Home Depot. I went to a different store after my experience last week and it was much better. The guy was friendlier and got me going relatively quickly.

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I rented the lift and came home. Tia was back and we got started, riding up on the inside to fix the tear and reattach the support to the frame. I’m glad we went up, because we also noticed another bolt that was loose. The corner gets the most wind, and perhaps that was the reason, but I’m worried because it was the last part of the building to go up, that they were moving too fast and didn’t check it as well.

You can see the hole below, but that entire strut isn’t attached at the top.

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We bolted it down again, which was harder than expected. We also added a third bolt when one of the two seemed stripped. Those were done, but the third one was loose.

Tia was happy we got the thing done.


No big deal because after we patched the hole, we realized that we wanted to seal it better with some duct tape around the edges. A quick trip to the store and lunch got us supplies, and we patched it.

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I also took a hacksaw up to cut the third bolt off and then replaced it with a new one. All the bolts got lock washers, so I’m hoping that helps prevent future issues. I checked the bolts here, and on the other corners, and things were OK. We did find one down low that wasn’t as tight as it could be, but we can get that with a ladder.

It was neat to be up so high again. Surprisingly I wasn’t as scared as I am on a ladder


Then it was outside. The hole didn’t look go big out there.

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We glued on a patch and then added duct tape there as well.

Everything finished, we came down and that was that. A bigger pain than we thought, but it’s done.

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