A couple of weeks ago, I started replacing the ceiling panels in Junebug. I had already spent countless hours shellacking them to perfection, and wouldn’t you know, I accidentally cut the one that goes over the kitchenette the wrong size and had to scrap that piece. ugh It was getting late in the day, so I went ahead and put the tarp, then the waterproof cover over Junebug and went inside to make myself something to eat for dinner. The next day, Memorial Day, Houston had a torrential downpour. I stayed inside all day and cleaned house and watched movies. It was a nice, relaxing way to spend my Memorial Day. On Tuesday, I got up and got ready to go to work. As I was walking out the front door (it was still raining, fyi), I noticed that Junebug’s cover was pulled up a bit in the front. My mind immediately thought of the open hole in the ceiling where the panel was still missing. I didn’t even think to put any support there because I had no idea we were going to get so much rain! I ran to get the ladder to look at the roof and assess the damage. It was WORSE than expected. The tarp over the hole had sunken in and there was about enough water collected in it to fill a bathtub! I squeezed my way under the tarp to get inside the camper to see if I could lift up the tarp from the inside and make the water come out. That was pointless, it was way too heavy. I was freaking out by this point. I could hear the wood inside creaking and I thought it was about to break at any moment. Tears filled my eyes, and I knew I had to act fast. I ran and got the water hose and tried to siphon the water out. It started coming out but too slowly. Then I ran in the garage and got the hose that goes to my paint sprayer, it’s much bigger. When I put it in the water, initially nothing happened. I had to suck on the other end to get the water flowing and in doing so, I managed to swallow a bunch of nasty water from the roof that had who knows what in it! I didn’t even care though, I just wanted that water out of there! Finally I got all the water out. I then put several pieces of wood on top of the camper to give it some support and create a slope so that the water would run off. I later went and bought another tarp too, just to be on the safe side. Unfortunately, a bit of water leaked inside the camper and I dried it up, but it caused my countertop to expand and warp.
I didn’t notice the warping until today when I took the covers off Junebug to start working again. I thought about it for a bit, then decided I would just order a wider countertop trim and leave it. It’s slightly curved up at the edge, but hopefully no one but me will notice. I can always remove the countertop at a later date and replace it if it starts to bother me. I just didn’t have the energy to take on another task in addition to everything I already still have to do.
Today, I had big plans to finish the ceiling panels, apply the laminate to the countertop, and apply the tile adhesive to the floor in preparation for laying the tiles tomorrow. I only got the first task completed. Why does everything always take me so much longer than expected?? In the meantime, I also got eaten alive by mosquitoes. If rain is Junebug’s #1 enemy, mosquitoes must be mine. I did manage to cut the laminate down to size so that I can apply the contact cement when I’m ready. Then all it will need is trimming.
Now that I got the ceiling panel cut the right size, it looks great!
I also made a new shelf to look like the original scalloped shelf in the Shastas of this era. I don’t know why mine didn’t have the scalloped piece. I think it turned out pretty nice. I haven’t installed it yet, I just wedged it in to see how it would look. The rear paneling piece is also just clamped in and not yet installed. I wanted to lay the tile first before permanently installing that last panel. It’s really starting to come together though!
I’m hoping to get more done tomorrow but it’s supposed to rain again. We’ll see, I’m hoping maybe the forecast will change as it does frequently around here. In the meantime, I made ABSOLUTELY sure that Junebug was completely wrapped up and protected from the water this time!