cinder block ladder – 9.5 blocks – 1 – IMG_3066-diptych-MG_3065 (20110614)

cinder block ladder – 9.5 blocks – 1 – IMG_3066-diptych-MG_3065 (20110614)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
This was 100% necessary! And kind of fun! There was no way to set up a ladder to paint this window! Not even a ladder with 20+ configurations like mine! The steps were perpendicular and there was no way to balance a ladder. The wood to the right is too slippery to hold it up safely, and not enough to the left. To go over the fence but under the window would require having the ladder almost completely horizontally. It was NOT happening.

So we had to make a cinder block ladder.

Two cinder blocks for 3 levels: Each level perpendicular to the one underneath it [to prevent rocking]. 1.5 blocks (I was happy to have that half-height block on the bottom left!) to deal with the fact that they hung over the edge of the step. I had to add the vertical cinder block in front as a step onto to get to the top. (Yo dawg, I heard you like steps, so I put steps on your steps so you can step while stepping).

But then the top wasn’t tall enough, so the diagonal block had to be added. It wasn’t originally diagonal, but was turned so to allow control of how far away my face is from what I am painting — because painting something 2 inches in front of your face is AWKWARD! There’s nothing to hold onto other than the trim of the window!

In all, 9.5 cinder blocks were used. And the stack of Peapod bins to the right gave me a place to put my paint tray.

We also painted the stair railing. (I once fell so rapidly that I ripped the railing out of the wall and STILL bled a lot. So I appreciate it more now because my arm would probably have been broken otherwise.)

You can also see the partially-painted fence. Extra paint on the brushes at the end of the day went to fence post tops, then fence posts, then fence tops, then sides, then bottoms. We ended up doing the entire fence with "done for the day" brushes, even though we hadn’t intended to paint the fence.

Peapod bins, cinder block ladder, cinder blocks, fence, gutter guards, house maintenance, stair rail, window.
after painting. diptych.

Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 14, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). Then Progressive took us and did the exact same thing. Weak. It was a LOT of work AND money for us to repaint all our sills. Wood windows SUCK!! Modern vinyl windows are MAINTANENCE-FREE!! Wood windows… You gotta re-glaze the panes when they fall out, and then the wood itself is always going to rot. What a pain!

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