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Hi All;  
Rather exciting afternoon here yesterday...

After watching Stove chat live with Matt.
I went down to the field to check on my barter trade and see how much wood got split.
Then I cut a tanks worth more wood for him to work on and left him down at the wood pile .Told him to stay as long (or short) as he wanted.
I wandered back up to the house and went to check on Liz.
I found her in her studio cutting out animals for chimes.
She had 4 cut and ready to be hammered. I sat down and proceeded to hammer them out for her.
Then I headed in the house to call it a day. Noticing my barters vehicle was gone as well.
A nice hot shower, a hot Macchiato and I sat in my comfy chair.
Entered a poker tournament and started to respond to  email's.

Liz came in and sat down. Pleased that she had gotten those 4 chimes fired and hung up to dry.

As we are sitting, each on our laptops I hear a familiar noise???
It doesn't register right away....
I hear the same noise again ??? WTF??? that's wood burning??? Why would I hear wood burning ???
Inquiring minds wanted to know???
I turn around in my comfy chair and what do I see???

FLAMES shooting out of the growing hole burning thru the plastic roof of Liz's studio !!! PUCK PUCK PUCK!!!
A five gallon bucket of water, an entire 5# fire extinguisher and it was all OK...
Well if a black wall, a bunch of melted tool handles, and entire single pane 7' x 5' window that is still holding together, but is shattered. 14' of solexx roofing is melted.... some of which dripped on Liz's arm (OWW). The fire extinguisher residue is now all over her projects.... each piece will need to be cleaned... Oh and it stinks out there!

Needless to say we cleaned up , grabbed Molly and went out to dinner!
Food fixes all!

Need to get on line and order in more solexx, so I can repair the roof,
Tomorrow I'll call sandpoint and see what might be available in scratch and dent windows...
The Dragon waits again.

It only takes a moment for everything to change...
All is good now but the other possible outcomes were rather grim...

We will never know for sure exactly what happened.
Her torch was turned off when we got the fire out.
We can only guess if the still hot tip touched a flammable item or what....
Just glad that her studio, our house, all the kitty's, Liz , I and molly are all OK.    Well ...Liz was pretty shaken up, but agrees, that is why they call them accidents.

I'm guessing she will never ever ever just set that torch down without looking again!








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Wow, Thomas!

Glad that you guys are OK, and that you caught the fire early.

Eric
 
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WOW. So glad you caught it and put it out without more damage or further injury (that hot plastic hurts more than any cuss word I can type). Heal up quick.
 
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Scary situation, I'm glad it turned out as well as it did.
 
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Not exactly the Stove Chat you had in mind I'm sure!  Glad to hear no serious damage was done and everyone (man and beast) were all OK.
 
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Holy MOLEY! I'm glad everyone is ok, but how is Liz's arm?
 
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Well Clean up and repairs are under way.  
After some searching I was able to find a seller of Solexx who would sell by the linear foot, plus free shipping.
$125 later and I have 14' heading this way.

On to the window search. I got lucky first try!   They were telling me how they were just about out of bent & dent windows...then mentioned that oh they did have one big one...
Well shucks I got a 7' x 5' hole needs filling, what size you got???  They had a 4' x 8' non opening double pane vinyl window... I could be mine for $200... "sold"
Lots of room to reframe for 4' x 8' window.

So in the morning a fun ride in the 47 year old pickup truck @ 8 mpg , 65 miles to Sandpoint Idaho and pick up my new bent and dent window!


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Dang Thomas! I'm glad that Liz, you and all the critters are alright and thing & stuff can be repaired and replaced. That's a drag but man it could've been so much worse. I hope her arm heals up quick!
 
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I hope part of your clean-up plans will include some secure metal stands that hot things can sit on to cool! I suppose some used pyrex dishes might do for some tasks. I hope that everybody reading this thread learns from your misadventure and looks around at how they deal with hot things!

I'm glad you're all OK or at least healing. Keep safe!
 
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New window is here!  4' x 8' Turns out it is a slider to boot! Sweet, more fresh air circulation!
Its bent and dented and for $200 it was a steal!
Removal of the old window and framing in for the new one took most of yesterday.
Today I set the window in place and covered over the open studs.
June 7th and I needed the dragon running!  Its damp and cold out there!

Meanwhile the sidewalk project is put on hold...
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June and running the dragon!
June and running the dragon!
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Yikes. Glad you're okay. That's a helluva scare.

My Dad always said: fire is a two-faced friend, and will turn on you as soon as your back is turned. I have come to appreciate this wisdom.
 
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The new piece of Solexx roofing showed up yesterday.  We have been patiently waiting. It seems my tarp leaks a bit, and it has been raining!
Today and tomorrow it is not raining.... well not much anyway.
I got it almost done today! It just got too darn hot working up under the roof this afternoon.
An hour or so in the morning and it will be 100% done.
Then Liz can do her part and make it into her work space again.
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Thomas,

I sure am glad that you are able to get your repairs done in at least a somewhat timely fashion.  Really I am glad that your damage was limited to basically superficial parts and did not extend to main structural components of your building.

The repairs look like they are coming along nicely and hopefully you will be all buttoned up soon.

Eric
 
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Thomas - how tight a curve will the Solexx roofing take, and how long do you feel it lasts?  
 
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A very close call, Thomas.  Very happy nobody was seriously injured.  Nice recovery!
 
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Hi Jay;
We just figured out that our solexx is 9 years old. So it has stood the test of time and Montana weather as well.
With the new pieces in, we can see our's has darkened  since new, but it still is super nice out there in direct sun.
We do have to use shade cloth over it in the summer or it would  cook everything.
My roof pitch is 12 x 12 or 45 degrees.  The solexx is run in long strips starting on the east wall ,up and over the ridge and back down .
So it can take at least a 45 without kinking. A sharp corner would kink it. I don't know if that is OK or not.

I did notice during this repair, some cracking is starting along the roof peak.
A few more years and that could develop into a leak.
I plan on putting silicon sealer on the spots and then cover the whole ridge line with a galvanized ridge cap.
I think if I had protected that spot from the sun at the beginning it would be in as good a shape as the rest.

The solexx is not cheap. But we have found it to be worth every penny. I highly recommend it.
Here is a link to where I bought my repair piece.   https://www.greenhousemegastore.com/solexx-xp-per-linear-foot
 
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