A friend of mine, Bob, purchased a house in North Topsail Beach, NC. It was organically built and owned by his parents. Between the time Bob purchased it and his parents owned it, it was owned by a guy who was just interested in the rental income. He did little to upgrade it or maintain it properly.
It was in sad shape when Bob bought it. We were having dinner with him and other friends when he said he was going down to work on it . I asked if he needed any help. He said he would pay for my trip, housing and food if I went with him to help him.
Sounded like a free trip to the beach to me, So, I offered to go and help.
Prior to our arrival, Bob had contracted a house mover to have the house raised up 4 feet to meet the latest flood height codes. After the house was raised, another contractor replace all 49 pillars.
We arrived March 2, and found the house now stood over 11 feet off the ground, just one foot above flood level. The increase of the flood plain by four feet is the impact of beach erosion and global warming
In the process of climbing in and out the window, we found out that the window springs failed when one came crashing down on my arm like a guillotine. The good news that it was my arm it that was in the window, not my head. This was the first of my body damages.
We even found rotten rafters, which we had to repair.
From then on, I wore gloves.
After cutting out all the rotten parts, we would patch in new sheathing.
We then would put on new shingles and seal places with the ugliest, stickiest, hard-to-clean, black tar calk Bob could fine. No matter how careful we were, we would always put on hands down in a fresh blob of it.
Other than fixing holes in the roof, we found damages showers from the house raising and tubs that we had to remove. To get them out of the bathrooms, we had to take down walls. To get the one piece shower/tub out of the house, we had to cut it in half.
We removed these and replaced it with 3/4″ plywood.
It was with great pleasure to heave a old broken refrigerator, a honker, heavy tube TV, broken interior doors and the rest of the derbies in a dumpster.
We worked two weeks straight. but there were times we took breaks to see the sunset or the beach.
We ate (and drank) well. I had seafood ten days straight, but being in the south, it was often deep fried. To balance this with more healthy food, I had a salads like the one pictured. The mudslide was giving into my weakness for chocolate, ice cream and vodka.
We left for home on March 15, 2016. I had hopped to loose weight during this work trip. When I got home, I found I had actually gained 6 pounds! So much for southern fried seafood.