One of the projects that we definitely needed to cross off our list was repairing a huge whole in our barn roof. The roof itself needed some TLC but this hole was too large to ignore. When we bought the home we toured the upstairs of the barn and there was a small metal pot sitting under a very large, dripping hole. Needless to say the pot was not big enough.
Somehow we convinced my father to help us repair the roof. He came with a trailer full of tools and some supplies and we set out getting prepared. (At this point I should say I hate heights, really really hate heights). So, as we set up the ladders and I looked up I started to realize that I would be not much help.
He scrambled right up and started clearing the way for the hole which once open revealed a much larger issue. The good news was that there was a section of barn that had an addition and we could salvage some boards to patch the issue. The project, as always, become much more time consuming. The other good news was that as we looked around the barn we located three separate locations where the previous owners had left perfectly good shingles that matched what we were replacing.
The weather held and the first day we repaired the large hole. I did get up higher than I thought but throughout it all I realized that I did not have the capacity to ever repair a roof on my own.
Day two found my father climbing even higher and he was in need of a taller ladder. Oddly as we looked around some more I found a very tall aluminum ladder the previous owners left. Again, the perfect find.
This time, as my father sat on the peak of the barn roof I knew that he was crazy. Talking later he said that sometimes he forgets that he is up there so high. My response was, “The difference between people who can get up there and work and myself is that I never once forget that I am up there.” I am glad for his help and his ability to get up on a roof because it looks so much better.