roof – soffit painting – 0 – Clint up on ladder – IMG_3106 – (20110620)

roof – soffit painting – 0 – Clint up on ladder – IMG_3106 – (20110620)
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Way the hell up there! Note how the ladder is balanced by placing its feet inside of cinder blocks (with bricks in the holes to reduce wiggle). 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.

The small ladder came from Matthew, and saved us a LOT LOT LOT of effort in this job. Compelled us to buy a comparable wooden ladder for at a yard sale later that summer.

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.

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

Gutter on the bottom right? Later painted gray as well.

Clint.
painting soffit, painting window.
fence, house maintenance, ladders, paint brushes, wood filler.

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.

yard, front – overgrowth obliterated – 20110620 – IMG_3097

yard, front – overgrowth obliterated – 20110620 – IMG_3097
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Major destruction today. I finally activated my 0 pole saw — a chainsaw on a 10-foot retractable pole. Removed the smaller tree bits touching/over my house, and then went on what can only be called The Biggest Rampage Of Lifeform Destruction I’ve Ever Gone On In My Life. You can’t even see the walkway from all the debris from the recent pro tree removal PLUS my pole saw rampage. The saw cost 0 and it’s likely I may only use it every few years, so I wanted to get the most out of the outing as I could. Anyway, this ugly swath of yard here represents the IMPROVED yard. It’s now possible to actually walk across it. It wasn’t really before. Plus we added a bunch of Home Depot solar lights.

overgrowth removal, yard work.
Chrysler 300M 1999 car, Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, destruction, house maintenance, solar lights, umbrella.

front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 20, 2011.

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BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills, trees touching our roof, and yard overgrowth (and possibly other reasons I forgot). Weak. Since when did one’s level of yardwork affect insurability? So we had to clear some overgrowth. Couple days of yard work.

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)
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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 🙂

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

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

June 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

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.

well – now painted – 20110620 – IMG_3102

well – now painted – 20110620 – IMG_3102
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The well (and front door), now painted. A good "before" picture of the well and front door: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4435076513/

This story also demonstrates another moral of our home: Always keep a spare mailbox on hand! I’m up to mailbox #3 (and mailbox post #3, paid for and installed by the government 3 months after they destroyed the last one) in just 12 years. Always keep a spare. at a yard sale vs + for a new box. If somebody baseball bats my mailbox, they are hurting me for , not the they think they are. Joke’s on them.

Also since I don’t have a proper shed, we keep a lot of supplies here in the well. They sit on a piece of wood (LIFE TETRIS!) that was originally part of the bunk bed I slept in as a kid. WASTE NOTHING.

In case you’re wondering how a gutter gets damaged: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4481727978/ … Yes, it’s all you people who keep wishing for snows’ fault. Also, here’s a picture of how bent up our front-right gutter was: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/3596132314/

chairs, garbage cart, gutter guards, house maintenance, roofing cement, spare mailbox, stabilizing fluid, storm door, washer fluid, wood filler.
after painting.

front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: While dealing with Farmers insurance & Progressive/Homesite insurance’s dropping our policy for us having peeling window sill paint (among other things), we had to do a bunch of house repairs. While painting our window sills, we also painted other surfaces that needed painting, such as doors, railings, soffits, stairs, gutters, pipes, and cinder block walls.

roof – soffit painting – 0 – Clint up on ladder – cinder blocks for stability – left=done, right=todo – IMG_3105 – (20110620)

roof – soffit painting – 0 – Clint up on ladder – cinder blocks for stability – left=done, right=todo – IMG_3105 – (20110620)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Way the hell up there! Note how the ladder is balanced by placing its feet inside of cinder blocks (with bricks in the holes to reduce wiggle). 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.

You can also see how we are in the middle of painting the window sill (and it’s trim–partially painted in this pic) below, as well as where I used Elmer’s wood filler to build successive filling layers in the bottom right of the sill where it had almost completely rotted out.

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.

The small ladder came from Matthew, and saved us a LOT LOT LOT of effort in this job. Compelled us to buy a comparable wooden ladder for at a yard sale later that summer.

Some irony on my t-shirt: It’s the company that paid my wages that paid for buying this house [which only required having 00 liquid cash, and only spending 00 of it] 🙂

Chair on the bottom right? Set of 4 found on a streetside near our house.

Gutter on the bottom right? Later painted gray as well.

Clint.
painting soffit.
caulk, chair, cinder blocks, gutter, house maintenance, ladders, paint brushes, window, wood filler.

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

June 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

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.

window, bedroom – 3 – front, right – now painted – 20110620 – IMG_3098

window, bedroom – 3 – front, right – now painted – 20110620 – IMG_3098
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This is the overhang window of our bedroom after repainting, as viewed from the right. We also had to paint that pipe going down, as its paint was all green and peeling. The soffits on the left were much easier to get to thanks to me having something to lean on in both directions. The addition in combination with the overhang creates this strange little pocket of yard. At the very upper right you can see how our addition has plastic soffit covers — like most new construction. People don’t realize just how much painting maintenance it saves to have those. My house was built before the rise of plastic. My soffits get no protection. They peel. They rot. They need repainting. They’re a pain in the ass to get to. You can barely see what you’re doing when you do it. And then you do it again every 10 years. It sucks. I should have paid the extra ,000 for them to add soffit covers back when we paid ,000 to add siding to our house (which was to avoid a ,000 painting job).

bedroom window, gutters, house maintenance, light socket, pipe, plastic soffit, window, wooden soffit.
after painting.

back yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

June 20, 2011.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: So our homeowners insurance (Farmers) got dropped due to having peeling paint on our window sills (among other things). 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 slowly rot away. We already had our cats knock a pane out, so we already had glazing compound for pane repairs. This came in handy when we painted our various window sills, as some also needed glazing compound.

It was quite a pain, because it cost so much money and had our living room in disarray for so many months, and the whole insurance basis for the situation was pretty bullshitty in the first place. We’re not going to make a property damage claim due to moisture that occurs because our paint was peeling! Ridiculous…