Up On The Roof

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The first roof I helped roof was on my god-father, Ferdinand Vigneau’s camp. I was 3 or 4. Walking across the roof of Ferd’s camp, carrying nails to my father and waving at the very infrequent passers-by at the bottom of the Moss Glen Road, I felt so useful, capable and empowered. (yes, I know it sounds so neo-fem, but it’s the best word to describe how I remember feeling standing on the end one pudgy hand clamped around those galvenized roofing nails and the other waving.)

Lex on the roof

The last roof I helped roof was on our house on the island 25 years ago. I was young, light, strong and spry. I lifted, hauled, hammered, clambered,lept and balanced like a parkour roofer. It was an incredible feeling to be so high up, balanced and balancing on the peaks and fixing such an important structure.

I was on that roof again today. Less spry, less light, much less flexible. All the hauling was done (thank you Molly, Jason, Sandy, Mary Jo, Gerry & Dad). Molly & Jason had gotten a good start on the roof and given us a good refresher before Gerry and I took up the hammers.

That said, it felt amazing to be back up there!

First stint

And we’ve gotten a solid chunk of work done! 19rows (albeit very short rows) the first day, before my knees called it quits. And another 6 today before the rain started

Slow and steady keeps the house dry!

9 thoughts on “Up On The Roof

  • February 28, 2013 at 1:38 pm
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    It’s great that you were able to fix your roofing on your own! That’s really some woman power right there! I agree that it’s a nice feeling to be on the roof. I love seeing the spectacular view from up there.
     
    <a href=”http://www.majesticrenovations.com/”>Gabrielle Jeromy</a>

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  • February 28, 2013 at 1:41 pm
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  • February 28, 2013 at 1:44 pm
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    It’s great that you were able to fix your roofing on your own! That’s really some woman power right there! I agree that it’s a nice feeling to be on the roof. I love seeing the spectacular view from up there. However I do prefer having professional roofing contractors fix my roofing. For more info you can check out: majesticrenovations.com

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    • February 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm
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      @Gabrielle Jeromy Well, that’s not really possible given where this house is… and certainly not from your roofers in NJ.  Thanks for the comment.

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  • February 28, 2013 at 9:57 pm
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    I agree with Gabrielle that it’s amazing that you did that on your own! I, myself, am stubborn to fix our own roof so I hire people from http://www.thefidusgroup.com/ to do it for us. Saves me a lot time and effort and it isn’t too costly for pros to do it either.

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  • March 1, 2013 at 12:23 pm
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    I agree with Gabrielle that it’s amazing that you did that on your own! I, myself, am stubborn to fix our own roof so I hire people from http://www.thefidusgroup.com/ to do it for us. Saves me a lot time and effort and it isn’t too costly for pros to do it either.

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  • March 1, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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    I agree with Gabrielle that it’s amazing that you did that on your own! I, myself, am stubborn to fix our own roof so I hire people from thefidusgroup.com to do it for us. Saves me a lot time and effort and it isn’t too costly for pros to do it either.

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    • March 1, 2013 at 3:59 pm
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      @terencewatthens Hi Terence, happy to have you join in the conversation, though I’d prefer you not overtly market roofing companies on my blog.

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  • May 28, 2014 at 1:33 pm
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    <p>It must be nice to have that experience to fix a<a href=”http://www.schulteroofing.com/college-station-roofing/”> roof</a>. You must be very knowledgeable about roofing. For me I would have to get a roofing contractor to come out.<em></em></p>
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