THE KOMMES: SOUTH RANGE, MI

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THIS IS LORAN AND SHIRLEY KOMMES AND THEIR FEROCIOUS BEAST. 

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THIS IS THEIR HOUSE, A LITTLE SALTBOX.

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THIS IS THE BACK OF THE HOUSE.

THE HIGHLIGHT SHOWS THE AREA WE WORKED ON, INSIDE. 

IT’S CALLED A ‘KNEEWALL,’ WHICH IS A SIDE-TRIANGLE OF A CRAWLSPACE, LIKE AN ATTIC.  

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THIS IS AN ICE DAM.

USUALLY THE ATTIC IS NOT COOL (OR VENTILATED) ENOUGH, MELTING THE SNOW ON THE ROOF, WHICH RUNS DOWN AND FREEZES AS IT HITS THE EDGE. 

‘PRETTY ICICLES’ = NOT GOOD.
WHEN ICE DAMS GET TOO BIG, WATER RUNS BACK INTO THE HOUSE.
IT DID SO HERE, LEAKING INTO A DOWNSTAIRS BEDROOM.

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THIS SHOWS THE DAMAGE THE ICE CAUSED ON THE OUTSIDE. 

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HERE ARE A FEW SHOTS FROM THE INSIDE.  

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LOOKING UP AT THE CEILING.

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ANOTHER CEILING SHOT.

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WE ARMED OUR KIDS WITH SPRAY FOAM AND BLUEBOARD.

HERE THEY ARE POSING WITH CAULK, THOUGH. 

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YES!  THEY WERE INTO IT!

WELL, AT LEAST ONE THEM. 

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THIS PICTURE IS INSIDE THE KNEEWALL.

WE MEASURED AND CUT BLUEBOARD, TACKED IT DOWN WITH SHANKED NAILS, AND THEN SEALED AROUND THE EDGES WITH SPRAY FOAM.  

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NOW THE ATTIC IS INSULATED, KEEPING THE HEAT FROM THE HOUSE OUT OF IT.

THIS PROJECT TOOK MOST OF A SEMESTER. 

AND NOW, THEIR BEDROOM IS DRY!

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LORAN WAS STARTING TO HAVE ISSUES WITH HIS BALANCE, AND WE INSTALLED THIS STAIR RAIL. 

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LORAN WITH FORMER BOARD MEMBER REV. SYDNEY MORRIS.

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