Sebastian doing roof work

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Taken with a Sony A6000 and a 105mm f/2.5 Nikkor lens.

The news was mostly good -- the rafters are old growth canela and still sound. The dry wood termites are in the ceiling framing over the bedroom where pine was used. The rest of the ceiling framing in the two front rooms are aluminum. So, the only thing that needs to be replaced if I buy the place would be the bedroom ceiling framing, a one day, two man job.

Sebastian replaced all the nails in the roof with screws, and cleaned off chunks of cement that the rehabbers at the hotel next door had tossed on the roof. He also got down a tire (home for mosquito larvae) and various pieces of metal, which recyclers asked me if they could take about fifteen minutes after he left. Various pieces of wood were left to be used by my landlord's wife's uncle, but cleared off my roof. The roof should be good for another five years.

And Geraldo showed up for the weekend, so perhaps I can get even more stories of the house from him over the next couple of days.

I think a lot of people are just sure things here will just work like they do in the US, but best inspection of a house in my experience is living in it for a while (my Philly home inspector missed some major problems) and seeing what the issues are with the house and how many of them I can fix myself, and just how hard it is to get anyone in the community to do the work I can't do.

Now Dr. Geraldo is working on his electrical system:

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Updated 08-29-2014 at 04:59 PM by MizBrown (Added a picture of my neighbor doing work on his place.)



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