Another Practical Park Model Improvement
Wauchula, FL - Events of Thursday, May 17 to Wednesday, May 23, 2018
We have had a fairly dry fall, winter, and early spring here in central Florida. All that came to an end about two weeks ago with a weather forecast that was calling for rain every day. It's normal to have at least a brief shower almost every afternoon in Florida in the summer, but the forecast was predicting fairly large amounts of rain almost every day. Fortunately, we didn't get any really bad storms; but we got several days in a row where it rained off-and-on rain all day, and we ended up getting around 5" of rain over a 5 or 6 day period. And that was before Tropical Storm Alberto came through last weekend. Fortunately, Alberto turned out to be pretty much a non-event here in central Florida bringing us only a little more than an inch of rain and a few breezes.
Park models don't come with gutters and downspouts. In fact, gutters and downspouts aren't that common on homes throughout Florida where there are no basements to worry about problems with water intrusion. Most houses are built with at least a 12" roof overhang, and they just let the rain run off the roof and fall to the ground. Park models, however, don't have large roof overhangs, and we ended up with a waterfall right in front of the door when it rained hard. Adding gutters and downspouts was originally pretty far down Paul's park model to-do list because it was dry when he wrote the list, but the gutters got moved to the top right after the rain started.
Also because the weather had been so dry, Paul dismissed Margery's suggestion to pick up the 10' lengths of gutter while we still had the truck. That was a mistake because carrying the 10' lengths in the 8' bed of the truck would have been fairly easy, but fitting them in the Equinox meant we had to drive all the way from Lowe's in Sebring with the liftgate partially open - not a good idea when it is raining. We waited for a morning with no rain and headed to Sebring. The drive back was a bit noisy because of the liftgate being open, but we made it before the rain started.
The next day, Paul borrowed the Co-op's extension ladder and started hanging the gutters. We chose PVC gutters and downspouts because the PVC can easily be handled by one person without the risk of kinks and dents that can happen with aluminum gutters. Paul replaced old aluminum gutters on our last stick house with PVC and they went up easily and worked well. Built-in gaskets on the PVC gutter also give you snap-together, leak-free joints.
Installing the gutters and downspouts took 4 days because Paul had to stop working numerous times due to rain. Now that they're done, it's nice to be able to go in and out the door without getting soaked.
Speaking of rain, one of the recent rains resulted in a beautiful, intense rainbow.
With the gutters and downspouts complete, we can now turn to other things. We're not sure exactly what that will be yet, but we'll let you know.