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A problem with box gutters

Last weekend the weather in Melbourne was very, very cold. We had hail on Friday afternoon as well as rain. When hubby went out to the house on Saturday the plasterer was there and had discovered that some of the flooring in the hallway had water damage. The box gutter had overflowed when the hail caused a dam and didn’t melt.
On investigation the gutter was still full of hail at 2.30 in the afternoon. It seems the hail had filled up the gutter causing the rain to overflow and leak into the house. There was damage to the floor boards, plastering and insulation. It has taken 4 days to put it right. Because the flooring is tongue and groove, it had to be lifted from one of the bedrooms all the way across to the hallway. Plus skirting boards and architraves had to come off.
Harkaway have said this is only second time this has happened. After the first incident the box gutter design was improved, so this is the first occurrence with the new and improved box gutter.
I hope it’s the last!

Hail blocking the box gutter.
Hail blocking the box gutter.
Water damage to the floor boards when the box gutter overflowed due to water damage.
Water damage to the floor boards when the box gutter overflowed due to water damage.

 

Water damage to the ceiling when the box gutter overflowed due to water damage.
Water damage to the ceiling when the box gutter overflowed due to water damage.
Water damage to the plaster when the box gutter overflowed due to hail
Water damage to the plaster when the box gutter overflowed due to hail
Water damage to the plaster when the box gutter overflowed due to hail
Water damage to the plaster when the box gutter overflowed due to hail
Insulation removed due to water damage when the box gutter was blocked by hail
Insulation removed due to water damage when the box gutter was blocked by hail

 

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Verandah roof, plastering, base boards and more painting

The plastering has continued this week and look almost complete.  The bathroom and ensuite are done, as is the roof in the living area.  All the joins have been covered over.

The verandah roof over the back deck is completed, and so are the steps leading down.  The Harkaway verandah guttering has gone in, and the roof has started.  It will be beers on the back deck next weekend (Melbourne weather permitting)!

The baseboards are on around 3 sides of the house.  We’ve decided to paint them the same colour as the main house colour (Pearl Lusta), however the merbau decking keeps leaching colour in the rain, so I’m not sure when they will get painted.  Meanwhile, the exterior painting is continuing, plus a bit more inside.

There is still a lot of dirt around the site, which Oscar is having great fun playing in (although the builders did clean up his collection of sewerage pipe pieces!).  Wait until we start on the garden.

 

Loving the dirt!
Loving the dirt!

 

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