Bangers and mash

Sometimes people ask, “What do you do to get ready for KC Renfest?” This year it was construction.

The hut on the current Wizards Tower was built 20+ years ago, has had very little maintenance, and was literally ready to fall in on us.

  

The dip is highlighted by sunlight.
It’s probably hard to see in these pictures but there was a huge dip in the roof.

It turns out that there was almost no support structure left beneath the shingles. The plywood decking was rotted and infested with termites. The joists, where they still held together, were soft and spongy.



Those pictures are looking down into the hut from the staircase that runs up the tower. Not much left is there? And most of it just fell in after removing the industrial plastic sheeting that was afixed inside.

 

Plastic sheeting is hanging on the right.
Once we got the rest of the roofing off we started rebuilding. I wish I had got pictures of the nearly finished roof but at the end of the day I was so tired and sore I forgot. Maybe I’ll go out today so you can see where we’re at.

EDIT: Here are pictures from this morning showing our progress.

 New joists are in and new decking is up. I can now stand on the roof without fear of falling through to my death.

Yes I’m actually standing on the roof.
Later this week we’ll go back out and do the felt and shingles.