Unique Features (Issues?) of my Workshop #1: Leaking Roof

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Blog entry by PG_Zac posted 11-06-2009 09:59 AM 1260 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I thought I’d share a few unique features of my “new” workshop while on the long road to getting it really workable.

I’m sure that some of you have one or more of these features, but I thought I’d share my Man-Cave with you anyway in a short blog series.

Firstly, This was a Fish-Farm barn with open topped ponds, so a leaking roof was no problem to the previous occupants. As we all know, this doesn’t work too well for a woodworking area. I’ve had to fight a lot of rust in the last few months, and my RAS table was destroyed. I’ll probably post the making the new table sometime in the next few weeks.

Here are a couple of pics of typical roof panels over my “new” workshop.


Note the amount of crud that has collected on the roof over the years – so much so that there was a mini forest growing up there.

The next episode will follow in a few hours.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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#1 posted 11-06-2009 01:23 PM

Sweep it off , get whatever you plan to use to repair the holes ,and get up at 3am and turn the lights on inside ,and get up there.

-- Jeff,

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#2 posted 11-06-2009 02:54 PM

Been there, done that before! Years ago I had a shop that every time it rained hard the water would flow in the front door and out the back. I still have a couple work benches with water marks on the legs to remind me of those days. lol.
Jeff, I like your idea about the lights!

-- John @

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#3 posted 11-06-2009 04:18 PM

Brilliant solution Jeff! Now it’s just to get up a 3am. I hope you make John.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 11-06-2009 04:59 PM

If the underbrush on the roof gets thick enough, won’t it stop the leaks? Problem solved.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#5 posted 11-06-2009 05:07 PM

I’m with you Charlie. Just sweep up the debris from the good parts of the roof and plug it in and pile it on the holes. Consider it a “green” fix. (-8

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

View PG_Zac's profile


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#6 posted 11-06-2009 10:43 PM

3 am ??? – you are kidding of course !!! Me and mornings are not good friends

Anyway, I dug out and swept off the roof and have repaired it with aluminium and bitumen flashing tape, and there have been no leaks in the past 2 weeks. I used almost 75 metres of flashing tape, but unfortunately I’ll have to use more soon – see my next instalment.

-- I may be schizophrenic, but at least I have each other.

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