Expensive Test for Rotted Wood
A few years ago, my wife and I bought a 100-year-old house. This house needed every fix-up project you could imagine, but we thought we'd better tackle the leaky roof first. The house had one layer of shabby-looking shingles. To save time and money, we decided to skip the tear-off and just add a second layer of shingles. After carrying the first bundle up the ladder, I slammed it down onto the roof. I couldn't believe my eyes. It broke right through the roof and fell onto the floor below. That's how I found out that some of the wood beneath the old shingles was rotting. A whole new roof was the only project we did that year!
Losing My Grip
I called a pro for an estimate to remove a tree stump and the price came back at $225. This seemed like too much to spend when I knew I could knock it out myself in a couple of hours with an ax. After digging a trench the size of a Jacuzzi around it, I started in on the stump with my trusty ax, wood chips flying with each stroke. Everything was going fine until my ax glanced off the stump after a full swing. Then the unthinkable happened—the ax flew out of my sweaty hands and headed straight for the picture window that overlooks the backyard. The ear-shattering crash woke up my pregnant wife ... I was done for the day. Before the glass repair truck arrived a couple of days later, I finished removing the stump. When the new glass was installed, they handed me the bill! You guessed it—$225.