Problems, problems, problems!
This story starts back when the extension of the house was built. The only place to install the water tank was on a flat roof. This wasn’t a problem as my father built a rather neat casing around the tank to keep it dry and because there was a large gap in the roof under the tank to take all the pipes so being water tight was sort of important.
Everything was fine for many years. However, about fifteen years ago the casing began to develop problems as my father had used chipboard for the structure and that got damp and began to degrade. Water started getting into the casing and ultimately into the bathroom below.
I did some temporary repairs and all was grand. For a while.
At one point I mentioned this little problem to a friend. She said her partner [a builder] would have a look. He duly arrived and spent three or four days up on the roof in the middle of a heatwave. He built a fine new casing and felted it and it looked great. Even better he only charged for the materials.
But then I realised he had incorporated a design flaw. It meant that under certain conditions [heavy rain combined with a southerly gale] water could get in. And get in it did. The leak was back. And the casing started to fail again. I didn’t have the guts to mention this to the friend or her partner as they were both proud of the work.
Then last year, the partner who did the work died of a heart attack.
I have decided that the time has come for a new builder to take a look. He reckons the job is right up his street and is calling later in the week to look the job over. But the friend said she’d call later in the week. So what happens if he’s up on the roof rebuilding the casing while she’s downstairs? Have I the heart to tell her her dead partner’s work was faulty? If the two are here at the same time she’s bound to be curious.
Do I tell the builder to stay away when the friend is here? Do I tell the friend not to call when the builder is here? Do I tell the friend I am undoing all her dead partner’s work?
Problems, problems, problems.