The view of Mt. Washington to the
south was awe-inspiring, but inside the
roller-skating rink, things were a mess.
This particular building in New Hampshire
was a corrugated-steel, Quonsethut-
type structure that had been
sprayed with a 15/8 -inch-thick layer of
cellulose adhesive insulation.
I was called in to assess the damage
and prescribe a cure, and when I arrived
on the site in February, most of the
insulation was scattered about the
hardwood floor. The "chopped newspaper"
insulation was saturated with
condensation, and it dropped all around
me with a splash.
The contractor claimed that the problem
was caused by oil on the steel. (The
contractor's insurance company didn't
buy that explanation, either; it paid
a large claim to