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Butt Patrol and Other Stuff

There is a new sheriff in town and he’s coming after ya and there is no place to hide.  If I offend my smoking friends, I’ll apologize now.

IMG_1051I normally end my workday by going on Butt Patrol. We work hard on keeping this RV park clean and that means picking up what others are too lazy to toss in a trash can. My 5-gallon pail and Niftty Grabbers come in handy for this job. The picture above was taken in the parking lot adjacent to the water park. Why are people so rude? Now I realize that smokers need a place to deposit their butts. We have butt cans at all entrances however that does seem to be the answer. Apparently this butt can was not clearly identified.

IMG_1050I have a suggestion for smokers. Please keep your butts to yourself. Meaning, when you are done smoking, stick the butt in your pocket or purse. Nasty? Yep – that’s the idea. You smoke ’em, you keep ’em. I do not need the job security.

We survived the mid-year July 4th weekend with no problems. In fact, the crowd was very well-behaved. Our redneck neighbors where not here so that helped keep things quiet on our end of the street. The RVers even respected our No Fireworks rule. The water park saw its largest attendance on Friday and Saturday with over 1,000 people taking advantage of our wave pool and slides each day.

Meanwhile, while not on Butt Patrol, I was busy working. Two projects rounded out my week. Replaced a threshold and laid about 300 sq.ft. of roofing. I did not get a before picture of the door but here is the after.

IMG_1052The original threshold was completely rotted away. Someone had secured an aluminum threshold on the floor inside the door, not under the door. There was a cement ramp in front of the door that was all busted and cracked so it got replaced as well. When all was done, there was no visible light under the door and the delivery fellow liked the new ramp.

Next project was the roof. The roof was in bad shape. Roll roofing was the covering of choice 20+ years ago when this section was added to the main building. The roof covered the dry storage area of the kitchen. Our cook commented that the dry storage area was not very dry especially after a rain.

IMG_1054Removing the old roll roofing material was effortless. I am surprised the material did not just blow off with any wind. My buddy, Pete is at the top of the photo where you can see how wet the plywood is under the rotted material. That all dried up before we laid down the roofing felt.

We discovered wood-rot along the edge of the roof as well. Apparently the roof had been repaired in the past. The original roof covering was OSB board, NEVER use OSB on any roof. It is cheap and you get what you pay for. The OSB was covered with  1/2″ plywood but none of the seams were sealed which meant when rain water penetrated the rotted roll roofing, water made its way to the OSB by way of the seams. This photo shows how rotted the edge of the roof was. Once I cut through the plywood, the exposed, wet OSB crumbled like soggy bread.IMG_1056After working three mornings, the roof was done. Flashing was added around the satellite platforms so rainwater would flow around the platforms, not under them. Monday and Tuesday were the hottest days of the summer. Heat index was pushing 105. Working on the roof those days was challenging but it got done.

IMG_1061Another successful project completed by Dr. Phyxit.

Our weekend is here again. YEA! I think we will go shopping for a couple of recliners. I might even take a picture or two along the way. I leave you with a photo of an old barn. I wonder what stories it could tell.

DSC_0562Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.