Oh hail…

We had an intense storm roll through Clarksville on St. Patricks Day, doing severe wind and hail damage across the city. We took serious damage at Cupola Art

Check it out…

The entire write-up on the new roof for The Old Vic is gathered HERE. Lots of pics, information, long-windedness, a little bit of sheer terror, and even a dragon!

The Stats

Big. Massive even. Complex. Impressive stats and some more pics here! Continue reading

Before and after…

The differences are dramatic. We are thrilled… Continue reading

All over but the fat lady singing…

Day 10: It’s all over but the fat lady singing. Except there’s no fat lady here so I guess I’ll have to do. Continue reading

Final Stretch

Day 9 dawns: I’m really liking what I’m seeing. Continue reading


Day 8: EVERY shingle on that tower has a cut…EVERY shingle placement was measured. Meticulous work. The guy knew what he was about and wouldn’t be rushed. Continue reading

A day off?

Day 7: Apparently I suck at days off. Continue reading


Day 6 dawns: Guest goats are wandering the neighborhood. Continue reading


Day 5 dawns: I’m worried about my ladies. Continue reading

The light at the end of the…attic?

Day 4 dawns: I’ve figured out how to make coffee again. I call this an achievement. My woman’s in another city, as is my mistress…coffee is about as complex as I’m gonna get. Continue reading


Day 3 continued: Remarkable progress…but a long way to go. Continue reading

Difficult features…

Day 3: Yeah. Easy. But, as has been shown…we just don’t do easy. Of COURSE we kept it. There was never even a serious question. Continue reading

…and the beat goes on

Day 2 dawns: I resolved that when I ruled the world…ya wouldn’t have to actually MAKE coffee…before you’d HAD coffee.

I also resolved to NOT use any power-tools today. Continue reading

Homework–Cuernos del diablo

Day 2…sort of. Okay…day one and some ‘O-dark-thirty.

It was the middle of the night and I couldn’t sleep.

They had brought me The Devil’s Horns…and I had to give them back. Continue reading

Destruction AND Creation

Day 1–continued: This was about the time the wife (safely in another city away from the destruction) called and asked what I was doing.

“Watching about a dozen strippers dancing around,” I replied in a stunned voice, “Truly an amazing sight!”

That may not have been a properly worded answer. Continue reading

Destruction for Creation

Day 1–I’m a builder…a doer. I’ve been repairing and creating things all my life. One thing you learn quick…at least if you’re going to accomplish anything worthwhile…is that ya gotta tear stuff up before you can make things better.

…and you can’t be even a little bit shy about it. Continue reading

The Project…

Friday 1/23/15–I had thought it was going to be easy to sit back and watch somebody else do the work. I’ve been in construction long enough to do so. But there was a key difference here; this was our house. It’s a HUGE, complex job.

I was nervous…Scratch that…

I was utterly terrified. Continue reading

Sources say…

Sources say I’m getting my weather window next week…and the roofers are coming Monday! Woot!

Finally…roofage is imminent!

Okay…12 weeks in…12 weeks of gorgeous, dry, beautiful weather…and I *finally* have a contract to replace the roof on the Old Vic. A premium, Victorian-style lifetime shingle (GAF Sienna), complete redecking with tech shield radiant barrier decking, some structural and … Continue reading

Roof work on The Cupola

We’ve done a massive amount of work on the roof of our 1866(ish) commercial building on the square. It’s been an ongoing project…first addressing critical problems and now, finalizing the work so it will last, trouble free, for a long … Continue reading

Get Over Here!

Sooooo….my roofing contractor is going to meet my insurance adjuster regarding my roof…two diametrically opposed experts…meeting…on my roof… For some reason I’m envisioning an epic death match… I’m imagining it would end something like this:

Uh oh….

We got 8″ of rain in one day a few weeks ago. Yep. In Texas. In summer. Good thing we’re having a drought, yes? We had a rather spectacular roof leak on the Old Vic in that deluge…and later, in … Continue reading

Looks like work

Many, many hours of heavy downpours yesterday and last night…the radar summary indicates 2.5-3.5 inches…but I’m betting it was much more than that. There’s 9″ of rain in my impromptu rain gauge at the Old Vic (a 5 gallon bucket … Continue reading

…and so it begins…

The many breaks and exposures (faces) present on a Victorian roof have advantages and disadvantages. Advantage: The design of the roof lends itself to economical repairs or partial re-roofing. In the event of damage or age, a single exposure or … Continue reading

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