roof – soffit painting – 1 – Clint up on ladder – left=painted, right=todo – IMG_3103 – (20110620)

roof – soffit painting – 1 – Clint up on ladder – left=painted, right=todo – IMG_3103 – (20110620)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Way the hell up there! Typically the way I held on while painting was to hook a finger behind the trim around window sills or attic vents (or hold on to the edge of the roof), while painting with the other hand. When you’re up so high you can’t reach the ladder, you paint with no hands on ladder.

See the roof edge to my left? Painted. To my right? Still to paint.

Some irony on my t-shirt: It’s the company that paid my wages that paid for buying this house 🙂

painting soffit, painting window, scraping paint.
house maintenance, ladder.
after painting.

roof, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 20, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: You people with modern houses don’t know how good you’ve got it. Did you ever stop to appreciate your plastic soffits? No, you probably don’t even know what a soffit is. I used to be in that blissful ignorance. But then Farmers (and, later, Progressive) dropped our homeowners insurance for having, among other things, peeling paint on our window sills. In 2005 or so, we installed siding on our house at a cost of ,000 to avoid having to spend ,000 on painting our house. But siding doesn’t include window sills! And now they’re peeling. Tasked with weeks of evening and weekend painting, it makes sense to also paint the soffits while painting the window sills. Pretty much the last vestiges of the green color our house used to be are gone — it’s now almost all gray.

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