When we built our house in 1999 I wanted a slab roof as they tend not to blow away during Typhoons, this I learned in Florida and Puerto Rico by just looking around after a hurricanes and seeing who had a roof and whom didn’t. With a slab roof there will be other concerns such as how do we get the rain water off the roof. My second floor roof has two 3” drains that for some reason just dumped the water on to the first floor roof below. The first floor roof has six 3” drains that take’s that water down to two 12” drains on either side of the house, then sends it to the street.
For the past decade this has not once caused a problem, until the Rainy Season of 2011 and our back to back Typhoons. This was the one that proves that all plans of mice and men… Normally one of us would have to go out and sweep leaves and such that were blocking the drains. Can you guess, who was the one out in the rain with that broom? In the past during a hard rain the roof would get an inch of water standing on it, but would drain away quickly. And no, the roof never leaked!
But this year when I saw three inches of water on the roof and more coming, plus the second floor adding its fair share to the mix, I knew a change was forth coming.
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My plan was to bust through the wall and redirect the second floor drains off my roof to the ground. Plus adding one more drain through the wall vice the deck to aid in my flood control. Sound like a good plan, it was vetoed in seven seconds by both my wife and my “Construction Guy”. They wanted to go through the wall, and reroute the second floor drains into the system that was already in place. Using T-joints and elbows and presenting a neat and professional appearance.
Two decades here and I learned nothing. Tell your wife what you want it to happen, don’t get involved with the details like some Super Kano. Just step aside, have a beer and smile. The job requested will be better than you planed it and far cheaper. Go to the “Man Cave” have a beer and come back later to admire the great job. Don’t forget to snap some pictures to try and convince LiP readers that you planed the whole job!
The nuts and bolts of it, Saturday Boy-o and his partner (my brother-in-law Jhun) came by and disagreed with my plan, and then discussed it with Commander of the House (Mayang) The three of them went to the hardware, I was left home to have a beer and heal my pride.
Sunday morning, 08:00 the work commenced, the one hole was cut, pipes were fitted elbows and T-joints added, and stuff I know nothing about also happened as I was relegated to my “Man Cave” and only allowed out to snap those obligatory photo’s, I mentioned.
As I’m looking over the job, and sharing a beer or two with the Guys, I notice that there was a water faucet now on the roof that was never there before. All part of the service I’ll hazard a guess, but there was a need for it, it just wasn’t my idea. It’s that pride thing again.
In my time here I’ve learned to listen to my families advice, pay a fair price for the good work received, take the time to get to know the “Guys” you (your Wife) hires, treat them with respect, and then get out of their way so they can finish the job, and see how happy you are at the end of it. There is some real talent here, but let them do it their way. I am still friends with every person I’ve ever hired, because I follow my own advice.
Total cost, of this project, not including the beers, P 7, 265.00
Project three is underway as I post this. But you’ll have to wait until next week to find out what it is.