roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3083 (20110615)

roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3083 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Carolyn says "Hi", while I check out the roof for the first time since it was modified during the mid-2000’s building of our addition. Due to the terrain, there are parts of my roof you can only see on Google Earth — unless you go up there. After sliding down the roof uncontrollably on more than one occasion, I stopped going up there as much a few years ago.

To make the most of the expedition, I took the camera and also bought roofing cement. The stuff smells horrible — like hot asphalt — and you can smell it from 50 feet away for awhile afterward. It can only be washed off of your skin with paint thinner (which says not to put on your skin). You can see where I patched 2 nails to the left of the ladder, at the edge of the roof. I basically used half the bucket on every exposed nail head, every crack, and on all the edges of the chimney flashing (which really did flood once when our builder screwed up the roof — see video of the 20060625 indoor rain at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybwRtTmOXtU ). Originally I was going to nail in a roofing safety harness bracket — a 0 fall harness + bracket I bought online, so as to not fall off my roof and kill myself — but my stud sensor was unable to sense the joists through my shingles, so I had to abort that project. But that’s what the roofing cement was originally for — keeping the holes I was going to put in my shingles from leaking into roof. Instead I just used it for general roof upkeep.

So anyway, after all that, Progressive drops us for the condition of our roof ("curling shingles"). Of course, we survived the hurricane JUST FINE with zero water in our house, proving that Progressive Insurance are ASSHOLES. These shingles are not in perfect condition, but the roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine.

Also since then, additional gutter guards have been deployed, and they are uniformly and 100% covering the front gutters at least. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage.

Carolyn.
Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, gutter, house maintenance, ladder, roofing cement, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – angry flashing – IMG_3089 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – angry flashing – IMG_3089 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
The bottom of the chimney has an angry face here!

See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, angry face, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3091 (20110615)

roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3091 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

The tree touching the roof on the right is an example of tree maintenance I did myself with the pole saw.

You can see some of the Home Depot solar lights that we put on the pathway (once you get out of the range of the street light).

Leaves still everywhere from our tree removal.

Also since then, additional gutter guards have been deployed, and they are uniformly and 100% covering the front gutters at least. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage.

Carolyn.
Homesite insurance, Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, Pontiac Grand Am 1994 vehicle, Progressive insurance, flamingos, gutter, gutter guards, gutters, house maintenance, jack stand, shingles, solar lights.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3086 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3086 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

Oh look! You can see Tim’s deck! (He was an extra in Silence Of The Lambs — see screenshot at www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/2698722705/ ) Can’t believe he paid ,000 for his retaining walls! That’s 70% of what our addition cost…! The jerk who built his lot and paid me to use my water — then using of it — should have put this wall in himself, if it was really necessary.

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, deck, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof view, back – bedroom overhang gutter, soffit before painting, backyard kudzu – IMG_3088 (20110615)

roof view, back – bedroom overhang gutter, soffit before painting, backyard kudzu – IMG_3088 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

These gutters had not been cleaned in YEARS! They totally had trees with root systems growing in them. Nature is fierce around here! Constant zombie attack of life!

You can also see some of the last vestiges of the original green house — the peeling soffit on the overhang roof. (Which got painted later. However, I did not manage to re-paint the soffit of the main roof over the overhang roof (over the attic vent). That was the one place that couldn’t easily be reached. I have never stood on that overhang, nor do I intend to without a harness, nor is my studfinder capable of finding wood *through* my shingles, so I don’t know where to safely screw the hook to the 0 harness that I own. Baby steps.)

Next door, you can see the huge tree that fell during the 2005-ish hurricanes.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE… With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, attic vent, boiler chimney, gutters, house maintenance, kudzu, shingles, soffit, view.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. before painting. before soffit painting.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3084 – lots of tree poop (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3084 – lots of tree poop (20110615)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles, tree.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3081 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3081 (20110615)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE … With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 15, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com