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Up on the Rooftop

It was Day 73 of the Covid-19 Lockdown. The days were sunny and hot this

week. So, any painting up on the Church’s roof would need to be done early in

the morning. I was on the roof of the Parish Hall painting the hall’s heating and

cooling system’s gas line yellow by 7:00 a.m. Once the gas line was painted, it

was up to the main roof of this old Church to paint the boiler’s chimney black with

a high-gloss alkyd rust paint. The last time this chimney was painted was when

the roof was done back in 1999. While on the roof with the black paint, it was

time to paint the boiler room’s fresh air intake stack and the adjacent exhaust

vent. Over the second floor’s kitchenette, there is a small exhaust vent. It too was

in need of some refinishing. So, it received a fresh coat of the black rust paint as


It’s been nearly 21 years since the Church’s roof was renovated and upgraded.

For its age, the roof is holding up pretty well. Sure. There are some areas that

will need some attention in time, but, that is totally understandable. Our Canadian

winters can be harsh at times.

In the second floor’s kitchenette ceiling, you could tell that some water from roof

above was coming in. But where? While on the roof, I found a few cracks within

the aged caulking of the second floor’s air conditioner’s pitch pocket. The pitch

pocket is where the electrical wiring and the condensate lines pass through the

roof. Thankfully, I had a can of black roof sealant on hand at this old Church to

seal the pitch pocket. Hopefully, this will resolve the water leak above the


Stay safe. Stay well. Stay connected. And, until next time, this is Michael Pollard

for This old Church of Ours.


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