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Photos: Liberty Middle School Library Leaks

The library roof leaked from the first day the school opened in 1991. Contractors put buckets under the leaks and left. You can see one above some ceiling tiles in the photo below. They did not contain the leaking. Custodians hung tarps under the leaks and removed the ceiling tiles, placing buckets underneath to catch the leaks. Many areas of the library remained without ceiling tiles for the majority of the time I worked there through the 90's and beyond. Buckets were there over 13 years later when NIOSH sent inspectors. Most photographs of events held in the library would show tarps as a backdrop.



Pictures are sorted in chronological order.

April 10, 2002: Tarps laying over shelving attempting to protect books.


April 10, 2002: A week before the library was to be dedicated in honor of a former board member.


April 10, 2002: Leak Across Light


April 10, 2002: Cover of books would bubble and become soft


April 10, 2002: Inside of a book damaged by leaking.


April 17, 2002: Lennon Dedication 01. For this dedication night damaged tiles were replaced and the tarps were removed. The library was dedicated to a long time and now deceased school board member, John Lennon.

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May 1, 2002: The leaking continued however. This shot is fifteen days after the dedication shown above. At this point I had begun taking photographs to counter the ongoing statements that problems were finally fixed.


May 2, 2002 Sideways Book Proping Shelf. 01 I'd often come in to work to see makeshift tarp weights, sometimes out of books.


May 13, 2002 Leak 3 Weeks After Dedication


May 14, 2002: Sill 1: Leaking above windows near computers. These were always leaking and I finally rigged up some buckets and roof eves under the leaks, see the other photos mentioned below.
See also
Sill 1 (May 14, 2002), Sill 2 (May 25, 2004), and Sill 3 (Spring 2005) photos.


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January 29, 2004: I had a key to come in on weekends to empty the buckets so they would not spill to the rug. The dripping often missed the buckets anyway and soak the rug.


January 29, 2004: Closeup Soaked Rug and Bucket


January 29, 2004: Kids Measure Swollen Shelving After January 2004 Snow Day. The particle board shelves would swell in the leaks. One shelf was bolted into place as it would no longer slide into its fitted shelf brackets.


May 25, 2004: Lighting Leak. After being assured that they had finally fixed all leaking, I took these photos to show the head of the custodians that the ceiling was still leaking.


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May 25, 2004: Still leaking 04


May 25, 2004:Sill 2: Windows Leak
See also
Sill 1 (May 14, 2002), Sill 2 (May 25, 2004), and Sill 3 (Spring 2005) photos.


May 25, 2004:still Leaking 03


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The following photos of leaking and mud were after I left the building:

040903 Leaks plugged in newly created office space (along 14 Feet Deep, Burried Backwall of MS)


September 3, 2004 Floor Damage Leaks, Student Services Department, MS Back Wall Space


040903 Tarp For Computers and damaged floor tiles


2005 TAKEN BY NIOSH during 2005 visit to the school. These ceiling tarps and buckets are still there. They were placed there when the school opened in 1991.


2005 Sill 3: TAKEN BY NIOSH of my library window sill, still with trays catching rain. It's been leaking for years. See the other photos above.
See also
Sill 1 (May 14, 2002), Sill 2 (May 25, 2004), and Sill 3 (Spring 2005) photos.


May 2006 Mud on floor of the cafeteria


May 2006 Mud on floor of the cafeteria


May 2006 Mud in Teacher's Lounge off Cafeteria. Rain and mud entered in the vents that are ceiling level for the first floor

May 2006. Thousands and thousands of dollars of damage of mud and water leaks.

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