Bass Lake School

The rebirth of a country school

Month: August 2018

Bell Tower, 101: Windows!

Ta-da!  Jumping right to the end, the windows are in!!  

We started with demo.  Looks pretty simple, yes?  Just remove the rubber roofing, and away we go.  Not so fast!  Under the rubber roofing was asphalt that was VERY well tarred and nailed down. 

And under that was a full tin ceiling, also very well glued. Kinda neat printing on the back.The tin itself contained a hidden message….  Or maybe it just says ‘Tin for Roof’?

Looking down from the top, it looks like a really long way down there.  Wait, it is a really long ways down there. 

Anyway, once the old was out, the new went in.  Square framing first.  We took no chances that it would sway – thus the cross braces.

Then the plywood backing.  The purpose is to give some structure to where we will place the windows, but it looks to me like the good old school has a blindfold on.

At this point, it was hot hot hot and I was so done.  Showers, nap and and an evening bonfire were all we could accomplish.  Thank goodness for friends who stopped by!

Next morning, cutting out the shapes

…and bringing up the windows.  This was the part that gave me the most angst and Kevin the most demanding work.  

And just like that, they’re in.  It only took 4 years and 2 days (4 years talking about it and saving up, 2 days to do the work).  Time to sit back and enjoy the view (till next weekend). 

East Windows: done!

All matching, all operating, all the time!

Remember what these looked like when we first started?  Something like this, I believe….

We did have one sill failure, so we are back up to 3 sills to pour, but I’m confident we will eventually get them all done.  On to the next project – the bell tower.  Here’s a look back at how it looked when we found it… last year 

when we added the roof….  The PLAN is to bring back the arches, but with windows to keep out the elements.  But to fix the outside, we had to start on the inside.  Here’s a look from the foyer, looking up.

That lighter wood is the old bell rope access.  In our master plan, that’s all gotta go.

Here we started by taking out the wall above the door.  This has accomplished two things; one, airing it out!  This area has been an entrance way for the bats, and kinda smells that way.  Second, we can see what we have to work with and start figuring out the next steps. 

We took a side trip last weekend to the Polk County fair.  The little red schoolhouse was a neat stop, and imagine our surprise to find this along with the other schoolhouse memorabilia!  HEY, that’s us!!

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