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Ice Dams

on the back gutters.  The possibility I've been chewing my nails about for the past two winters.

I don't really want to go into how we figured it out.  Suffice it to say that in a *best* case scenario, I'll be repainting the kitchen ceiling come spring.

Now, how do we insulate the soffit side of a knee wall when there isn't any access to it?

Good think I like snow.

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merimask
Dec. 22nd, 2008 02:25 am (UTC)
Oh no! That happened here once too. Just once though. We called a snow-removal guy who de-iced the house safely & since then it's never happened again but yeah, it definitely sucked. :-(

NOT something you want to worry about during the holiday season, that's for sure.
kls_eloise
Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:06 am (UTC)
We shoveled off that part of the roof, but I do believe we've identified our priority spring project.
hugh_mannity
Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Ah the joys of home ownership. Had that a few years back. Got it fixed when I had the siding redone 2 years ago. Fortunately between then and now we've had dry winters.
kls_eloise
Dec. 22nd, 2008 03:08 am (UTC)
This year we didn't get wood, for a variety of reasons. We suspect that having the heat on upstairs for the first time ever probably instigated this - the registers are right along that knee wall, and probably warming up the soffit space.

Unfortunately, the little girl can't really be as cold as it would get otherwise.

Ah well - we needed a spring project, right?
galingale
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:08 pm (UTC)
ARGH...I'm sorry!
galingale
Dec. 22nd, 2008 07:10 pm (UTC)
PS Call me when you schedule the painting project. I wasn't able to get up on ladders when you first got the house--this time I can earn my keep doing more than just washing paint brushes.
I still boggle at how much help you guys gave me getting V's room ready when we finally got Rob's office moved out of the nursery!!
kls_eloise
Dec. 23rd, 2008 01:31 am (UTC)
Someone to distract the baby may be the biggest help I need! Besides, washing paintbrushes was very helpful - someone needed to.

Eh - All we did was distract Rob, scrub a floor, and paint a ceiling. Little enough, but I'm still glad we could help.
vynehorn
Dec. 22nd, 2008 10:27 pm (UTC)
Oh no! That's just what you needed, right??

Let me know if I can help you in any way.
kls_eloise
Dec. 23rd, 2008 01:42 am (UTC)
If it's not one thing, it's another. The wonderful world of home ownership.

We saw a fair amount of water puddled on the subfloor in the soffit space, and had water dripping into the kitchen in two places - down the vent fan that we don't use, and through one of the unpatched holes from where the wet bar was. I'm kind of glad that I didn't get around to fixing that part of the ceiling, or it would have been a lot worse before we noticed. There's also one water stain. We've got to let it all dry out before damage can be assessed and a plan can be formulated.
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