Completing Our ‘Cool Roof’

The five-person team from Statewide Roofing left our job site at 4:30 pm, after completing the white membrane on the upper-, mid- and lower flat roofs. 

Manny, from MWB Pools, arrived on site today and worked with Izzy, the master trencher, on installing the 6-inch pipe that will take our overflow water when our underground cistern is full, to the storm drain on Winchester Boulevard.

The only problem was that the inspector, Steve Souza, from the Town of Los Gatos wasn’t available to inspect the connection to the back of the storm drain.  Steve will inspect our connection between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon tomorrow.  When we pass this inspection, we can backfill the open trench on Winchester.

Completing Our ‘Cool Roof’

The five-person team from Statewide Roofing are impressive.  First, they know exactly what they are doing and can move quickly and efficiently.  Second, they are always smiling and having fun together.  That really helps with a team spirit, and is somewhat infectious.  Finally, you can see that they all take pride in their work and are always focused on doing a good job.

Installing the 6-Inch Drains to Winchester Boulevard

One of the last components of our water catchment system is to provide the overflow from our 3,677 gallon underground cistern to the storm drain on Winchester Boulevard.  This overflow is to be a 6-inch pipe, going from the cistern to the storm drain.

On Friday, Izzy dug the trench to the storm drain and today Manny and Izzy put the pipe in.  To do so, they have to make a hole in the concrete into the back of the storm drain, which they did. 

The Town of Los Gatos asked us to drill holes in the back of the storm drain and epoxy #3 reinforcing steel (rebar) into the holes.  Then, we will pour concrete into the connection such that the 6-inch pipe is encased in concrete going into the storm drain.  No problem.

We were ready for an inspection before noon today, which we called.  It took until the end of the day before we were advised that the inspection would be between 9:00 am and 12:00 noon tomorrow (Tuesday).

We’re ready …

Hole through the concrete storm drain on Winchester Boulevard.  Note the holes drilled around the large hole, which we will epoxy #3 reinforcing steel (rebar) into these holes.

Hole through the concrete storm drain on Winchester Boulevard. Note the holes drilled around the large hole, which we will epoxy #3 reinforcing steel (rebar) into these holes.

The #3 rebar is epoxied into the concrete and the 6-inch pipe in place.

The #3 rebar is epoxied into the concrete and the 6-inch pipe in place.

 

Waiting for the inspector from the Town of Los Gatos to review our work so we can pour concrete ...

Waiting for the inspector from the Town of Los Gatos to review our work so we can pour concrete ...

Statewide Roofing sent one of their trucks to our job site to retrieve all of the unused maerials.

Statewide Roofing sent one of their trucks to our job site to retrieve all of the unused materials. Any scraps left over will either be used elsewhere or recycled.

One of the two pipe sleeves that we ordered from BTL Liners, which will go over the 6-inch inlet and outlet pipes for our underground cistern.

One of the two pipe sleeves that we ordered from BTL Liners, which will go over the 6-inch inlet and outlet pipes for our underground cistern.

Having completed the installation of our the membrane over the flat roofs, the team from Statewide Roofing leaves our job site.

Having completed the installation of our the membrane over the flat roofs, the team from Statewide Roofing leaves our job site.

Completed flat roof on the West side of the house.

Completed flat roof on the West side of the house.

Completed flat roofs on North side of house.

Completed flat roofs on North side of house.

Completed flat roof over garage.  Note how the roof is sloped to the drain on the East (left) side of the garage.

Completed flat roof over garage. Note how the roof is sloped to the drain on the East (left) side of the garage.

Completed mid level flat roofs around the Atrium.

Completed mid level flat roofs around the Atrium.

Completed flat roofs at front of house, looking East.

Completed flat roofs at front of house, looking East.

Completed upper flat roof.  Note the pipe on the North side, which can be used in the future for a satellite dish.

Completed upper flat roof. Note the pipe on the North side, which can be used in the future for a satellite dish.

View of completed cones for solar photovoltaic panels on upper flat roof.

View of completed 'cones' for solar photovoltaic panels on upper flat roof.

Bryan picked up 10 bags of concrete mix and 1 bag of mortar mix for the drain system to the storm sewer on Winchester Boulevard.

Bryan picked up 10 bags of concrete mix and 1 bag of mortar mix for the drain system to the storm sewer on Winchester Boulevard.

The open trench on Winchester Boulevard is, once again, buttoned up safely and securely.

The open trench on Winchester Boulevard is, once again, buttoned up safely and securely.

The Don and Toni team put a sign up in front of our house on Winchester.  We support both Don Perry and Toni Yamamoto as election candidates in the City of Monte Sereno.

The Don and Toni team put a sign up in front of our house on Winchester. We support both Don Perry and Toni Yamamoto as election candidates in the City of Monte Sereno.

2 Comments

  • Wendy Watkins says:

    OK… cool roof it may be? but where and how does the water flow from the roof? With no guttering or spouting visible? Are these to be attached after your roof surface is finished???

  • Bryan says:

    The water flows from the upper flat roof through six drains to the lower flat roof. On the lower flat roof, there is a slope that directs the water to four drains on the West side and three drains on the East side.

    The seven drains from the lower flat roof take the water to the underground 4-inch perimeter pipe that goes completely around the house. The perimeter drains empty into the underground cistern.

    To summarize, the water is directed, by the ‘crickets’, to the walls of the house where the water goes through downspouts against the walls to the underground perimeter drain. The underground perimeter drains go to the underground cistern.

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