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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    Absolutely.

    EPDM is exactly the right thing to use in that application. EPDM is "ethylene propylene diene terpolymer"...or basically...rubber. People don't like to use it as much when it comes to residential construction because it's not as aesthetically attractive as asphalt shingles. It gets glued down to your roof and is as durable as anything. In a sun-room situation, you probably should see about having your roofer install foam ISO board insulation (polyisocyanurate) under the EDPM as well. Sun-rooms generally end up being warmer than the rest of the house because of the abundance of windows, and especially when it comes to sun-room additions, which oftentimes aren't conditioned as well by the HVAC system that was original to the house. That makes for lots of potential for heat transfer through the roof system in the sun-room, and that creates more potential for roofing issues. EPDM is the obvious first step in helping address that situation, but adding a layer of foam ISO board under the EPDM is even more ideal.
    Based on what you’ve said, I’ve definitely hired the right company. They have ISO foam board insulation as one of the materials that will be used in the quote.
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    Sorry for what you are going through. Been there!

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    I grew up in an old farmhouse without AC. Same for my parents' vehicles...we had the old "255 AC" (roll down two windows and do 55mph) in everything they had. It wasn't until I was 20 or so, that I had a vehicle that had air conditioning in it. But now, I wonder how in the heck did I ever survive.

    Sleeping the past two nights has been absolutely miserable. I've got a ceiling fan right above me, and another box fan blowing right at me...and it's still not been enough to keep me cool. (I'm the type of guy who'd crack a window in the middle of winter and would sleep just fine.) Going to try to put some ice in front of the box fan tonight to see if that will help. Man I've gotten soft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CincySportsFan View Post
    I grew up in an old farmhouse without AC. Same for my parents' vehicles...we had the old "255 AC" (roll down two windows and do 55mph) in everything they had. It wasn't until I was 20 or so, that I had a vehicle that had air conditioning in it. But now, I wonder how in the heck did I ever survive.

    Sleeping the past two nights has been absolutely miserable. I've got a ceiling fan right above me, and another box fan blowing right at me...and it's still not been enough to keep me cool. (I'm the type of guy who'd crack a window in the middle of winter and would sleep just fine.) Going to try to put some ice in front of the box fan tonight to see if that will help. Man I've gotten soft.
    This link shows how to make an air conditioner out of a five gallon bucket and a few other parts for about $25.00. Might be enough to cool down your bedroom so you can sleep at night until yours get fixed.

    DIY Air Conditioner From a 5 Gallon Bucket for Under $25

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    @CincySportsFan, I feel ya.

    Almost 3 of weeks ago we had one of our grandsons for the week. We had him set up at Busch Garden Summer Camp, the intention being that Mrs. S would take him and pick him up every day. Day 1, Monday, Mrs S was leaving to pick him up when a lady heading to the Moose Lodge swung wide entering the street we live off of and came into the lane Mrs. S was in as she came up to the stop sign. Mrs. S wasn't hurt, but the damage to the front driver's side of the truck was such that it has been in the body shop ever since. My daughter was able to get my grandson and bring him to our house and from there we made football practice on time.

    I rented a van the next day and all seemed back on track until the AC in the house quit working that evening. This is Florida. At least it cools off up there at night, to a certain extent. At this time of year, at midnight it is usually still 80+ degrees with 85% humidity, so I took the grandson to football practice and he went home with his folks. Mrs. S was heart broken, but we could not put the kid through that. I have large floor fans that I use for tailgating, but still the humidity and heat was unbearable. They had to order a part for the AC, so it did not get fixed until Friday.

    On top of that, my lone remaining vehicle, the HHR, has a continuing problem with the AC. Something is setting a code, either the MAP or Coolant sensor, causing the temp gage to go dead and the AC to kick off. If I clear the codes in the ECM everything goes back to normal. Mrs. S had baby sitting duties for the other grandkids in Apopka the following week and took the rental so I could not leave the HHR with the mechanic. Once she got back I had to turn in the rental, because i do not have coverage for it. Even with the other driver's insurance paying, I am not covered. That baby was coming out of my pocket.

    My grandson did complete Summer Camp and enjoyed it thoroughly, but my daughter lives in Belair, a good hour + drive to Busch Gardens in morning rush hour traffic. To get him there on time, my son-in-law had to get him up and leave their place before 6:30 am to get him there by 8. After a day of camp and 2 hour football practices from 6:30 to 8:30 at night. Everybody was completely exhausted by Friday night.

    You do not walk alone.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swamprat View Post
    @CincySportsFan, I feel ya.

    Almost 3 of weeks ago we had one of our grandsons for the week. We had him set up at Busch Garden Summer Camp, the intention being that Mrs. S would take him and pick him up every day. Day 1, Monday, Mrs S was leaving to pick him up when a lady heading to the Moose Lodge swung wide entering the street we live off of and came into the lane Mrs. S was in as she came up to the stop sign. Mrs. S wasn't hurt, but the damage to the front driver's side of the truck was such that it has been in the body shop ever since. My daughter was able to get my grandson and bring him to our house and from there we made football practice on time.

    I rented a van the next day and all seemed back on track until the AC in the house quit working that evening. This is Florida. At least it cools off up there at night, to a certain extent. At this time of year, at midnight it is usually still 80+ degrees with 85% humidity, so I took the grandson to football practice and he went home with his folks. Mrs. S was heart broken, but we could not put the kid through that. I have large floor fans that I use for tailgating, but still the humidity and heat was unbearable. They had to order a part for the AC, so it did not get fixed until Friday.

    On top of that, my lone remaining vehicle, the HHR, has a continuing problem with the AC. Something is setting a code, either the MAP or Coolant sensor, causing the temp gage to go dead and the AC to kick off. If I clear the codes in the ECM everything goes back to normal. Mrs. S had baby sitting duties for the other grandkids in Apopka the following week and took the rental so I could not leave the HHR with the mechanic. Once she got back I had to turn in the rental, because i do not have coverage for it. Even with the other driver's insurance paying, I am not covered. That baby was coming out of my pocket.

    My grandson did complete Summer Camp and enjoyed it thoroughly, but my daughter lives in Belair, a good hour + drive to Busch Gardens in morning rush hour traffic. To get him there on time, my son-in-law had to get him up and leave their place before 6:30 am to get him there by 8. After a day of camp and 2 hour football practices from 6:30 to 8:30 at night. Everybody was completely exhausted by Friday night.

    You do not walk alone.
    Ugh, this is one time you do not want to be my brother from another mother. Sorry to hear about that. Let's hope everything turns the corner and we can enjoy the upswing once again.

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    Some good news to end the week with! Guy from Bob's Heating and Air came out to look at our AC. Diagnosed the problem to be a bad capacitor. Also found signs that a switch may be getting ready to go. Replaced both of those and cleaned out the unit. Didnt try to sell me a new system or even recommend a new motor, and left the option of replacing the switch up to me! Was done in an hour and cost me 1/10th of what I thought it could be. Highly recommend Bob's!

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    Feel like banging my head against the wall over this stupid roof. We got the check from the insurance company, but in addition to our names being on it, it also had our mortgage company. So...we had to forward the check (out of state) to get it signed off on and wait for it's return. Once we got that back, we met with the roofer to go over shingle colors/styles/etc. That was August 29th (a Thursday evening). Guy said they are normally booked a week to a week-and-a-half out, but he'd be better able to tell when he got back to the office the following day.

    I told my wife that with the following week being a short one, due to Labor Day, we'd probably be looking at the beginning-to-middle of the week after that, dependent on the weather. But, late Friday afternoon (the 30th), I get a text saying they're aiming for the following Wednesday (September 4th). That's great, we thought! That's the way to succeed in business...under promise, and over deliver! But, Tuesday afternoon rolls around and I get a text asking if they can move it to Friday, as they are having some delays from another job. Friday actually worked better for me anyway, as I didn't have to take as much vacation time off...so, I said "sure".

    Fast forward to Thursday morning, I text to ask if we're still on for tomorrow. At lunchtime, I get a text saying that it'll be Monday afternoon (today, the 9th). So, today I go into work an hour early so that I can get some things set up for my co-workers. Two hours later, I leave and head to Menards in Florence to get some lumber that we might need (just to save a potential trip later) and get back to my house by 10:45. I see materials (sheathing, shingles, roof vent, etc.) has already been dropped off. But, five minutes later, I get a text saying that they are running into issues on the other job (that they were doing this morning, before coming to mine) and are probably not going to start ours this afternoon. Instead they will be there at 7am tomorrow.

    All of which leads us to the day that I had originally told my wife we'd probably have it done on nearly two weeks ago. But, now there's been three delays to get us to this point, so it seems like a major disappointment and very frustrating. Thank goodness I have a boss who is understanding about this, as I've had to shift vacation requests multiple times now. But, it really sucks having to come to work for a second time today.

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