Patrick's Barn: Weathering the Stormcomments (0) September 7th, 2011 in Blogs
Almost a week after Hurricane Irene blew up the East Coast, our electric power was restored. The first couple days of doing without electricity was no big deal, but being without water (we have a well) gets old fast. When it became clear that it would take several days to get power restored, my wife and son decided it was a good opportunity to visit family in Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Although much of Vermont was pummeled by the storm's drenching rain and powerful wind, our family in Vermont was largely unaffected by the storm.
Despite being without power for days, I feel we were very lucky to come through the storm unscathed. Many of my neighbors weren't so lucky. Hours before the storm was scheduled to hit our part of southern Connecticut, I was frantically installing hurricane straps and tightening down the roof tarp on our new barn. Thankfully there was no damage, although I'll admit to being nervous the whole time the storm was raging.
When the power clicked off at 4:30 AM on Sunday, August 27th, I was looking out the window at the wind gust through our mature trees, hoping none of them would fall on the house. When the skies cleared about 12 hours later, we ventured outside with most of our neighborhood to survey the damage. Trees were down everywhere. Perhaps the oddest thing was seeing the lawn covered in leaves, just like fall, except the leaves were green and perfect.
With my family away, I took advantage of our few remaining summer evenings to finish the sheathing on the main gable. By 7:00 PM Thursday night, the sheathing was done, and the power came back on two hours later. It was a glorious day. The next day I took delivery of the roofing shingles and spent much of the Labor Day holiday nailing them on the roof. The shed roof was a piece of cake. It only took a few hours, but the main gable with its 12/12 pitch is slow going. Hopefully I'll finish that work by the end of this coming weekend.
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