Thursday, September 6, 2012
Getting Closer to the Goal
The new roof eaves are almost finished and the only thing left is to apply a protective coating of paint and that’s it! My kitties are already seeking shade under the eaves and seem to really enjoy the benefits of roof overhangs.
Roof repairs are also being brought to an end. The insulation quilting has been put in place, the roof itself is covered with roof tiles and the gutters have been placed around the roof as well. The strengthening of the roof structure was done by installing additional supports that I hope will be strong enough to endure another winter. Nonetheless, the entire roof needs to be replaced next year so as to save us from worrying about another heavy snow burden in the future.
The new septic tank hole has been dug down to a depth which permits alignment to the existing sewer and the septic tank itself has been built up. The walls of the excavation serve as the outside layer; a removable concrete slab has been placed over the tank. This new septic tank will be connected with the old one by a pipe. Solid waste will continue to accumulate in the old septic tank, while the liquid will flow through the pipe into the second tank. The liquid will then drain through holes in the walls and then into the soil.
The entire sewer line has been removed and replaced with a new one. The old drain pipes from the kitchen were too narrow and too low, with insufficient fall in, so they have also been replaced and attached to the main sewer line. Now the kitchen and toilet drain pipes run through the newly built manhole and into the main line. To accomplish that, it was necessary to dig all the way from the bathroom to the kitchen drain. The kitchen sink drain pipes will also need to be replaced with new ones.
More sand, cement, gravel and outside tiles have been purchased in order to cover a new concrete path with paving tiles to make it more durable. The entire house needs to be plastered and whitewash applied as well to protect the exterior walls. Nothing has been done as of yet in regard to the path that leads from the side entrance into the yard to the cats’ indoor facility. There’s just not enough money and all of these repairs have already seemed to last forever, not to mention that total costs have escalated to two times higher than first expected.
We simply cannot stop halfway through! Winter will be here again before we know it. Please, help us finish the repairs and make our project come true before the weather takes a turn for the worse. Whatever amount you can give in the way of a donation, no matter how small or large is very much appreciated. Thank you in advance for any much needed help you may be able to provide!