Finally our “little red house” got a much needed roof over the past two days. Cornerstone roofing (owned by Rory Huskins) did an excellent job and the workers (Edgar, Lalo, Jose, Flavio and Edwiges) prompt, worked hard and cleaned up amazingly well.
Work began early Monday morning, September 17, and the job was finished late in the afternoon of the next day.
The two-day job started with all crew members helping strip the old shingles and tar paper from the roof; next, while two began putting on the sheathing, the others brought sheathing, rolls of tar paper and bundles of shingles from the supply trailer and placed them in convenient locations along the sides of the house. As the sheathing progressed, the other crew members, who had finished laying out the materials and supplies, attached flashing along the edges of the roof, laid tar paper over the sheathing and flashing, and began nailing on the new shingles. And while all of this was going on, one crew member was cleaning up the debris, putting it in a trailer for removal.
The crew worked as a well-coordinated team—the different phases of the job moved quickly and efficiently, and the entire job was impressively and expertly done.
Now that the roof has been replaced, renovating the inside of the house can resume. Immediate plans include framing several of the rooms, followed by the installation of the electrical wiring, a job that will be done by a group of students from Pueblo Community College, under the supervision of their instructor.
With all the workers gone now it’s quiet once again. Now we start work on the inside with framing, electrical and plumbing still to go. This was our one major expense and thanks to MRG (Movement Resource Group) who gave us the $5000 grant and made it possible.