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Saturday, February 5, 2011


When we were renovating this house 4 years ago, part of the renovation was to gut the basement of it's mold and water problems.  At one point, we had 4 guys in Haz Mat suits working down there.  Our saying at that time was "You know you're in big trouble when you've got guys in Haz Mat suits in your basement."  

Well, this week we've added a new phrase to home ownership, "You know you're in trouble when you've got guys with shovels on your roof."  Let's turn that statement on it's head and say, "You know everything will be ok when you have guys on your roof with shovels."  

There have been numerous roof collapses in the area in the past week.  Here in New England, we get rain and snow all in the same season.  I noticed the other day that the snow on our back roof seemed a bit deep and so called our favorite contractor and told him "I think we have 4 feet of snow on the roof."  Dead silence.  Then the name of a roofer was given and both he and I called that roofer, who came by yesterday.  

The roofers have gotten so many calls, that they are going one by one to each name on the list, inspecting, and shoveling those roofs that are in peril.  We won the jackpot for the day, according to the roofer.  When they saw the load on our back roof, they were up there in minutes.  

Our garage roof.  Some weird wind thing goes up the front roof and deposits this curl of snow. 

It does look like quite a bit of snow, doesn't it?

I can tell you this guy thought it was quite a bit of snow. 

As did this guy. 

This guy is standing at the peak, where the snow depth was about 4 feet. 

Yup, it's a lot of snow.  

Of course, when a roof is cleared off, the snow ends up on the ground (duh), and we now have piles of snow around 6 feet high surrounding the house.  This spring will be a very good test of our basement pumping system. 


  1. What big snows you have!!!! (said like Little Red Riding Hood!) I bet you were relieved to get that shoveled off.


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