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    Close Call

    Had a bit of a mishap Here last night. After holding up its snow load for over two weeks, the roof on my spa enclosure collapsed. The entire roof pretty much just imploded into the gazebo and on top of the hot tub.

    What was really scary was that, had it happened about an hour later, the wife and I would've been IN the hot tub! Had it happened then, I'm pretty sure the injuries could've been pretty serious. Sometimes, you just get lucky...

    Since my homeowners' insurance will pay for it, I'm having a contractor out tomorrow for an estimate. It may be a while - until the snow melts and the weather clears - before it gets repaired.

    1. Before, last December.
    2. Before, Yesterday
    3. Aftermath, this morning, after partial cleanup.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Before 1 (Medium).JPG   Before 3 (Medium).JPG   After(Medium).JPG  
    Jim D.
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    Hey Jim, you've got roof on your snow!!

    Seriously, glad you weren't in there when it went.

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    Well Jim glad you never got caught inside that could have been bad news. Dont seem like that much snow was on it. Did it have trusses at all or was it just pieces of ply joined at each edge with some overlapping 2x4.

    I ask because i worry about my shop. I have had as much snow as that on it and have no experience with these things. The trusses were supposed to be designed to handle snow load but how much is the question.

    I was shocked to see it that all the trusses were only 2x2.

    With snow i guess there are many variables like density and water content so how does one judge when to get out there and drag it off the roof.

    Any chance of any rot in yours with the hot tub steaming away at the wood or rusting the nails holding it together?

    Not a pretty sight.
    cheers

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    Too bad but good news is no one was hurt.
    Except for the snow looks like a nice place where you live.
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    Dang. Glad you weren't in a position to get hurt.

    On the other hand, if you had been simply trapped in the hot tub (and not hurt) when it collapsed, you'd one very relaxed son of a gun by the time the rescuers got you out. And prune skin?...world class for sure.
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    Glad no one was hurt. Next year invest in a snow rake.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...Dont seem like that much snow was on it.
    What you saw in the 'before' picture was the result of two weeks compaction of what started out as about 30 inches (or 76 cm for you) a couple weeks ago. It hadn't melted - the temps her haven't been above freezing (until just today) so far this month - just compacted.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...Did it have trusses at all or was it just pieces of ply joined at each edge with some overlapping 2x4.
    It was wierd setup - a hip type roof with a skylight at the truncated top. The supports ran from the skylight frame down to the wall caps. We're now guessing that the skylight failed, and the rest was 'avalanche effect.' (pun intended)


    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post
    ...Any chance of any rot in yours with the hot tub steaming away at the wood or rusting the nails holding it together?
    No rot apparent - just too much weight for the structure to bear.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Gibson View Post
    ...Next year invest in a snow rake.
    Bob,
    This snow was the biggest this area has had since 1950. We usually get much less than this, or at least we don't get it all at once.
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    Jim, glad you and the missus missed the event! Man, that would have left a mark. Better to be lucky than good somedays!!
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    timing is everything.

    wish I had one of those in my yard to soak in.

    wish I had a yard like yours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Keeble View Post

    I was shocked to see it that all the trusses were only 2x2.

    Rob,
    I live in a double wide modular... it's about 12-15 years old.... in Sept or October we had a new metal roof put on after a windstorm to replace the shingle roof that was original on the house... when the roofer started putting the lathes on and replacing the vents.. he said our roof joists were only 2x2's ... we had two guys walking around up there, both of whom weighed between 200 and 250 each...
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