Category Archives: The Building

Furnace Crisis

One of the three hanging furnaces in the clubhouse has been cranky the last few years. It needed a new thermocoupler almost yearly and developed a small leak near the pilot light. A furnace repair man was called in and during the initial inspection found several small cracks in the heat exchanger.This is bad.

It means the heater is leaking exhaust gases into the room. The heat exchanger in not repairable and so the furnace, after 20 years. has come to the end of its’ life.

After inspecting the other two furnaces cracks were found in their heat exchangers also. About the worse outcome we could have gotten.

Three new heaters were ordered and hopefully will be installed before the first rental of the season but we’re cutting it close, and the way this spring has been a cold clubhouse in not an option. Needless to say this is blowing a huge hole in our budget, thankfully we’re able to cover it with out borrowing any money, but expect some fundraisers and donation requests to keep the heat on.

Roof News

After several years of worrying, planning and fund raising, The RCCRC has moved ahead and contracted with a local company to have the club house roof replacedIMG_1313The current roof is stretched membrane, over particle board, over the original metal roof. After 25+ years in the sun it is maxxed out. Numerous patches have bought us some time but we’ve entered the club house with trepidation after every heavy rain and each spring thaw.IMG_1308IMG_1309Patches are peeling, along with the edges of the membrane, and nails are rising and stretching the membrane from below.IMG_13151″x4″ stringers will be attached over the existing purlins and then a new metal roof, similar to a large pole barn. This avoids a costly tear-off, code allows three layers of roofing, and presents an air space for a minimal thermal break from the attic space.

The contractor gave us a bid 30% less than others we had received, and plans to begin work in two weeks, The cost is still over $10,000. We have raised over $5000 and pretty much depleted club funds to get this done now before the fall rains and another winter sets in, so we’ll still be raising money for the roof for a little while.