Senor and Umberto were up there with a saw and attempting to take apart one section of the roof, beam by beam, bit by bit, when the whole thing fell in. I think they are lucky they were not standing on part of it when it fell. I ran out to see what had happened and they were both laughing their heads off and Bill looked at me and said....well, that's one way to do it. He had sawed through one beam and nothing happened, so he made a small cut in another beam and it all fell down.
Above, roof on the floor..................
Below, looking up...............So, I guess now we are just that much closer to a new roof. I think the adobe is really pretty. I am making my case for keeping it as it is.
In the photo below you can see the first beam of the new portal. The wood form is in place and the second one, for the length of the portal, has been poured.. The beam is slanted to allow for rain run off. I didn't quite understand all this so Bill said...............climb up the ladder with me to the roof. Keep in mind, this is the roof that has just fallen and I do not like ladders. When Ian was in high school we made him climb up on the roof with a cell phone in his pocket, to move the tv antenna. We would call him on the cell and tell him which way to turn it. Once, when no one was home, and I really wanted to watch Survivor but could not get the channel, I got out the long extension ladder and propped it against the house. I climbed up to rung three and started hyperventilating.
But Senor insisted that if I am going to blog this, I need to get up on the roof. So, I went to rung three and stopped. Senor said..................come on. I went to number seven..........can you see the roof, he asked.............yes, i lied.........
There is a long piece of rebar up there and I grabbed it for security and lifted my head a little higher. I made him take the pictures because I was afraid to move.
In the photo below, you can see the rebar I held on to. The little cap looking thing is a drain and rain water will run off, through the drain, into the cistern, which is below all those pvc pipes in the photo above.
Looking down to fallen roof room above and then, below.
They will be removing the tin roof you see in the photo below. The roof slants down on both sides. The ladder side will catch rain water into that cistern and the other side of the roof will catch rain water into the new cistern that will be built on the other side of the house.
The roof has a parapet wall, a higher wall that runs around the perimeter of the house. Rain water gets caught against that and then comes down through these little drain things and into the canales and then, the cistern.
And, this is our pile of rubble, which senor says he might need for something...............what? i asked, why would you need that pile of rubble, why can't we have it hauled away so we can get the truck in here a little more easily...............well, because i might need it, he said.
On a prettier note, here is the little bilge pump fountain coming right along. Pipes have been cemented into the buried tinnaco and the wood form has been created.The first layer of cement (I mixed this cement by the way) has been laid. It will form the base of the little pool. A new form is being made for the circular wall around the pool. The fountain will be set on top of the pipes.