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Things to do on a rainy day; or While my Home Gently Weeps

Hi, I’m Sinclair Smith. You may recognize me from my home improvement show, This Olde Haus. Today’s home improvement tip may seem counter-intuitive, but if your roof is leaking and you have a dripping ceiling, your inclination might be to do anything to stop that water from coming down into your space, but in fact you want to do just the opposite– bring it on. Until the roof leak is fixed, water is going to come in no matter what and the best thing you can do to minimize ongoing damage to your home, the scope of the inevitable repair to your ceiling and the mess that repair will make is to get that water right in front of you where you can see and control it. Here’s something to bear in mind: dripping water usually indicates standing water that needs somewhere to go. And standing water is hard to dry out and potentially very damaging. So put a bucket and some towels down under the drip. Get up on a ladder with a drill and get ready. You’re gonna drill a weep hole in the ceiling right at the drip, and when you do that drip is probably going to turn into a little faucet. Soon enough, the water will slow and the amount entering your bucket will be a direct reflection of the amount penetrating the roof membrane. And that will tell you a lot about the scope of the necessary repair. In the meantime, you will be minimizing the area of your ceiling cavity that is susceptible to water damage and mold. Drilling a hole in the ceiling may seem like adding insult to injury, but I promise that when the repair bill comes around, you’ll be glad you did. (Sounds of beer bottles being opened and manly good cheer.)

Snow tools

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 in New York, Product, Tools

It’s definitely getting old but the snow in NYC over these past six weeks has been a dominant topic of interest and conversation. This NYTimes article covers some offbeat tools available for snow removal, their price, effectiveness and absurdity.