I all ready know for a fact that bad luck shadows me in most of what I do, whether it's something as small as spilling coffee on a white shirt (on the way to work no less) or as big as chasing leaks on a newly erected carport-so I just deal with it. Suffice it to say, it's not always that easy to "just deal with it" when it's something as dramatic as the latter, which I just experienced recently...and am still dealing with!
Backing things up a bit, I'd been wanting/needing to come up with some sort of sheltering device-be it permanent or not-to store my '53 Bel Air under whilst the '39 Chevy took up residence in the warm, cozy, dry garage. In the interim, I picked up one of California Car Cover's StormWeave outdoor covers, and despite its seemingly thin construction, it honestly did exactly what it was touted to do-keep the rain "off" my car, even in a torrential downpour! But nonetheless, I still needed to provide a bit more "structured" coverage for the poor old Chevy...unfortunately, my finances weren't proving favorable enough to justify constructing the proper carport I'd been dreaming of (not to mention pulling the city permits to do so). For a while there, it looked like the StormWeave was going to have its work cut out for the winter.
Just as I'd come to terms with my outdoor storage dilemma, a little good karma plopped in my lap: a friend offered to donate his 12x20 metal carport to my cause...just 'cause! All right, my troubles were over, or so I thought. While I'd overcome the worries of not being able to fit the structure on the concrete pad adjacent to my garage (without exaggeration, it fit like it was custom-built just for me), I did end up encountering a very unfavorable situation, some of which was nobody's fault but mine!
If you're anything like me, directions are usually nothing more than packing material, whether they're for a plastic model car or a big metal carport. Well, this time around, I had no directions to begin with, but since I helped take it down, I didn't fear putting it right back up again-which I did, all by my lonesome! (I have a trick I call the "ancient Egyptian secret" when it comes to dealing with large objects.) Unfortunately, I neglected to pay attention to a few key elements during my backyard reconstruction adventure: roof pitch/runoff. Not only did I not check the slope of the pad, but I tiled the roof panels "opposite" of the draining angle the pad provided. The result-leaks, and lots of 'em! OK, so I'd just grab some caulking and fill the cracks until the weather permitted relaying the panels correctly. That was all fine and dandy, until I then realized that all the runoff from the roof was making its way beneath the carport, not away from. Turns out whomever laid the concrete to begin with was probably a relative of mine and paid no attention to slope either, as the water accumulates to the center-but with no means to rid the accumulation. I think I spent more time trying (ill-fatedly, of course) to fab up a temporary drain system than I did assembling the entire carport to begin with.
So, instead of addressing problems before they occur, as usual, I'm now dealing with them after the fact...and probably will continue doing so long after the rainy season has ended. Lesson learned? Probably not, as I'm sure the directions will continue to be discarded and, well, you get the picture. Hopefully someone learns from my mistakes...