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    So last night we were asleep, Ma in my kerchief an I in my cap, when water started pouring from the ceiling, right on to me in bed at the stroke of midnight. I looked up to see the paint bubbled, an the dry wall starting to bow. Rushing upstairs, I found a leak in the kids bathroom under the vanity, and shut the water off to those lines. Then I came down, poked a hole in the ceiling and tried to get the water to drain before it caused anymore damage.

    By 2:00, we'd cleaned up the bed and had drip buckets in place and I laid down in the recliner to sleep when I heard a crash. The drywall had collapsed, leaving a gaping hole in the ceiling and blow-in insulation covering our room.

    Here's the hole in the ceiling above the bed.


    This is the bed after most of the insulation is cleaned off, but the drip buckets still in place.


    Finally, my temporary fixit job. I grabbed some osb scraps from the garage and screwed them to the ceiling trusses. The water lines are on the other side of a structural beam that runs on the far side of the osb. The water hit the dry wall, found a way under the beam, and leaked through the ceiling where there is nothing but attic above it. Because the attic is so cold I tried to poke as much insulation back next to the beam to keep the water lines on the other side from freezing. Done by 5 am, and this really sucks. The good thing is that I called my insurance agent and it's covered under my homeowner's policy.

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    Nasty. As an undergrad, our apartment (Le Chateau, a dump at the corner of 800 N and 500 E, has a similar problem due to a roof leak. The ceiling slowly bowed over the course of a few days, and the landlord ignored our entreaties for repairs. One afternoon, one of my roommates, who was lying on his bed underneath the bowing ceiling, called out for help just as the ceiling let go with a loud crash. We found him under a blanket of wet sheetrock.

    Fortunately, we had friends at the Daily Universe and they ran a story with a large photo of my roommate pointing to the huge hole in the ceiling, under the headline, "Roof Lets Go at Le Chateau." The landlord rushed to help about a week later.

    Glad you were able to cheat death.

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    Did the mirror break when it dropped from the ceiling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Nasty. As an undergrad, our apartment (Le Chateau, a dump at the corner of 800 N and 500 E, has a similar problem due to a roof leak. The ceiling slowly bowed over the course of a few days, and the landlord ignored our entreaties for repairs. One afternoon, one of my roommates, who was lying on his bed underneath the bowing ceiling, called out for help just as the ceiling let go with a loud crash. We found him under a blanket of wet sheetrock.

    Fortunately, we had friends at the Daily Universe and they ran a story with a large photo of my roommate pointing to the huge hole in the ceiling, under the headline, "Roof Lets Go at Le Chateau." The landlord rushed to help about a week later.

    Glad you were able to cheat death.
    My BIL owns Le Chateau. Been in his family for 50 years. Yes, I'd classify him as a slum lord. Good Story.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    The landlord rushed to help about a week later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PaloAltoCougar View Post
    Nasty. As an undergrad, our apartment (Le Chateau, a dump at the corner of 800 N and 500 E, has a similar problem due to a roof leak. The ceiling slowly bowed over the course of a few days, and the landlord ignored our entreaties for repairs. One afternoon, one of my roommates, who was lying on his bed underneath the bowing ceiling, called out for help just as the ceiling let go with a loud crash. We found him under a blanket of wet sheetrock.

    Fortunately, we had friends at the Daily Universe and they ran a story with a large photo of my roommate pointing to the huge hole in the ceiling, under the headline, "Roof Lets Go at Le Chateau." The landlord rushed to help about a week later.

    Glad you were able to cheat death.
    Holy crap, Marie. My first apartment at BYU was in Le Chateau.
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    Quote Originally Posted by clackamascoug View Post
    Did the mirror break when it dropped from the ceiling?
    Funny. No mirrors on our ceiling, but we do have this sign:


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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Funny. No mirrors on our ceiling, but we do have this sign:

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    Quote Originally Posted by cowboy View Post
    Funny. No mirrors on our ceiling, but we do have this sign:

    You make my heart proud. Another fellow celestial being.

    Last edited by clackamascoug; 12-24-2012 at 07:12 PM.

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    Clack getting even freakier with the furry link
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