Mend it Monday: The Shed’s too wet without Roof


Can’t Stand Losing You – well, any more of you…

Chez Snail’s shed was looking somewhat tatty in the roof department (a description that can equally be applied to me) and had, for the last year, been wetter and wetter inside after every drop of rain (which in Wales amounts to a fair few drops). It was time to put a new covering on before the next forecast monsoon was upon us…


So Lousy – this side isn’t much better

The last time the Snails fixed the shed roof, it was with the felt stuff, and it basically covered the bits of the roof where the original felt was either peeling or missing, presumed in a garden about ten miles away. The Snail did some research on t’interweb and found this material called Coraline, which I thought meant it was made from a blend of snow globes and Neil Gaiman books, but in fact turned out to be corrugated bitumen sheets.

The stuff arrived and I sawed it into pieces of appropriate size. There are no pictures of this as the language filter on my camera deleted them. It turned out that if you cut bitumen sheeting with a saw, the blade becomes coated in the stuff. It also turned out that, following bitter complaining, the Snail arrived with a can of WD40 with which to clean the saw. There was less swearing after that. The following day, we both set about putting the sheets in place. You will notice that I was not the one on the roof. This is because, in an inclusive world, there is no earthly reason why anyone, regardless of age, sexuality or belief, should not be able to climb on a roof and hit it with a hammer.

Unless, like me, you’re a wuss when it comes to heights.


Knocks Hand – actually, The Snail didn’t, keeping all her fingers safely out of harm’s way

It only took a sunny Sunday morning (about 3 hours, we started at 10a.m. so as not to completely destroy the lie-in of anyone in the vicinity) and a million nails with special waterproof caps to fit the eight sheets and four ridges in place.

Two days later, it started to pour with rain. We had nearly an inch of rain in 24 hours.

Inside the shed, it was drier than Jack Dee standing in the Sahara on a pile of silica gel.


Invisible Pun (couldn’t think of any more)


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28 thoughts on “Mend it Monday: The Shed’s too wet without Roof

  1. Was he hold a Martini and a packet of cream crackers…? Excellent work, both of you! And I’m glad there was a fair division of labour, each contributing to need according to their strengths.

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  3. Great mend!
    I now have an image of Jack Dee in the Desert, strangely in a suit and tie.
    Maybe next date night should be in the shed to celebrate.

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    • Oh yes, I think Jack would be looking very dapper and (as Kate Chiconi commented) holding a Martini. Date night in the shed will have to wait until a) there’s room and b) there are no spiders. Guess who’s a wuss about them as well?!? 🙂

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  4. Fancy doing ours??? We can provide cake…. Good teamwork team snail.

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  5. Excellent mend!

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  6. There’s a Summer House in Witlshire that needs a new roofings! Very impressive fixings.

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    • Thank you – if like Team Snail you have never fitted a roof like this before, it is actually pretty easy. The materials are easy to handle and it’s really just the time and a head for heights that are needed! 🙂

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  7. any more of those puns and I’ll have to call the police

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  8. Going Batty in Wales

    Well done both of you!

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  9. Good job and I just love the title.

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  10. Hmm, I wonder if my phone/camera has one of those language filters…?

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  11. looking absolutely drop dead gorgeous that new roof, well done both of you…

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  12. That was my thought – Coraline. We’ve just got the traditional felt on all our sheds, I’ll show this to #MrG (but not the part about equality, onvs!) in readiness for the next re-roofing. Thank you.

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  13. I just showed the boy ‘oh yes, Paul’s got his shed with that, but it gets quite a lot of condensation inside’ Paul is his pal, and the shed to which he is referring is at the allotment, and a new one they built from offcuts and pallets, so we don’t know if he’d have had that much condensation were it roofed (and constructed!) traditionally, but I thought it best to share that snippet with you, in case you want to keep an eye out.

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    • Well, thank you for the info. Our shed is pretty well ventilated as the door is gappy and the red cedar has one or two holes in it where knots have come out, so condensation has never been a problem… but I will keep an eye out. Not sure why coraline would cause more condensation than felt – perhaps the airflow under the stuff helps it form? Not sure. We have a storm coming in now, so this will be another proper test of the roof! 🙂

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      • pleasure. I have no idea either, it’s probably more likely that Paul is putting wet stuff into his shed, but I’m of the opinion that one can never have too much information 😉

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