yard, front – fence – painted – poor Home Depot color matching – IMG_3308 (20110720)

yard, front – fence – painted – poor Home Depot color matching – IMG_3308 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
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.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

It’s hard to tell, but the gutter in the background has been painted gray as well.

Home Depot color matching, fence, gutter, house maintenance, mismatched paint.
after painting.

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

July 20, 2011.

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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.

door, front, downstairs – painted (inside) – IMG_3303 (20110720)

door, front, downstairs – painted (inside) – IMG_3303 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
It’s gray, not white. Love how the storm door down there is rotted through in parts. This is a new custom storm door we paid like 0+ for from Hechinger right before it turned into Home Depot (2001ish). It’s half the age of our front/back storm doors, and yet is rotting out while they are not. Screwed by contractors yet again — contractors are the worst scum on earth and will perform shoddy work that screws the customer close to 75% of the time. Our utility room storm door rotted out to the point of literally falling apart and leaving only a frame, but it was wood, so that is understandable. THIS door is supposed to be vinyl. Obviously not all vinyl is the same! Some of it is made up of discarded different types of vinyl left over from other processes. Like a hot dog being made of different meats. That was one of the point Thompson Creek made to us about their windows: It’s all the same kind of vinyl, and it’s high quality. Unlike this storm door, our windows came with a lifetime warranty transferrable to the next owner of the house. So I tend to believe them. Whereas Hechinger? They went out of business. This is probably a part of that.

I can’t believe I paid the door guys to put a peephole in this door so many years ago. These days I could probably do a better job myself for free!

ADT sticker, Secured by ADT sticker, front door, house maintenance, screen, stairs, storm door, wood.
after painting.

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

July 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.

door, front, downstairs – painted (outside) – IMG_3304 (20110720)

door, front, downstairs – painted (outside) – IMG_3304 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
It’s gray, not white. Love how the storm door down there is rotted through in parts. This is a new custom storm door we paid like 0+ for from Hechinger right before it turned into Home Depot (2001ish). It’s half the age of our front/back storm doors, and yet is rotting out while they are not. Screwed by contractors yet again — contractors are the worst scum on earth and will perform shoddy work that screws the customer close to 75% of the time. Our utility room storm door rotted out to the point of literally falling apart and leaving only a frame, but it was wood, so that is understandable. THIS door is supposed to be vinyl. Obviously not all vinyl is the same! Some of it is made up of discarded different types of vinyl left over from other processes. Like a hot dog being made of different meats. That was one of the point Thompson Creek made to us about their windows: It’s all the same kind of vinyl, and it’s high quality. Unlike this storm door, our windows came with a lifetime warranty transferrable to the next owner of the house. So I tend to believe them. Whereas Hechinger? They went out of business. This is probably a part of that.

ADT sticker, Secured by ADT sticker, front door, house maintenance, screen, stairs, storm door.
after painting.

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

July 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.

door, utility room – 1 – painted (Home Depot color match problems), DSL line not hanging so pitifully, concrete wall painted – IMG_3302 (20110720)

door, utility room – 1 – painted (Home Depot color match problems), DSL line not hanging so pitifully, concrete wall painted – IMG_3302 (20110720)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Well! Much better now! Still bad, but at least now it looks like a bad paint job instead of a door about to fall apart. And the DSL line is much better now too.

Our utility room door. Not opened since the 1990s — had to be pried back shut. Used to have a wooden storm door, until one year it just collapsed and disintegrated from the elements (which is why there is a piece of wood attached to hinges on the right). The cinder block wall to our patio (left) is in crap condition too — but maybe the paint will help keep out the moisture and make it last a bit longer.

You can see where the cats ripped open the blinds so they could look open the window. This is an orange cat thing; our other cats didn’t do this.

You can see our DSL line hanging down. Originally it was worse, with cracked/missing wire insulation exposing inside wires all over the place. Combination of what I can only assume was cheap wire, combined with snow, ice, rain, and kudzu twisting the wires taut all the time. I used many many feet of electrical tape to patch up the outside of the water, and to preemptively cover up cracks that were going to end up getting worse later ("a stitch in time saves nine"). I wedged it behind various trim pieces whenever possible, with the extra slack hanging around our electric meter. DSL saved! The internet and phone companies will NOT fix this line for less than 0 per visit if it breaks. Last time it took them two visits because I wasn’t there to point at where the wire was broken. COVAD are dicks. This shit is important. It shouldn’t be considered inside wiring, but it is. Once it’s past your junction box, it’s all "inside" wiring, even if it’s outside! Typical corporate doublespeak; outside becomes inside in the world of profiting off your consumers. I am the 99%, goddamnit.

Damn kudzu is already climbing up the door again, despite us weed-wacking the hell out of it just weeks before.

Home Depot’s color-matching skills with Behr paint-with-prime vs Behr paint-without-prime leaves a lot to be desired. A LOT. Our color mis-matching here is what you get when you take the same paint back and ask them to match the existing paint. They, er, uh… don’t. No refunds! a gallon paint-with-primer, a gallon paint-without-primer, tons of brushes, paint thinner, rags, elbow grease — And you get this! Mis-matched color!

DSL line, Home Depot color matching, cinder blocks, concrete wall, house maintenance, kudzu, mismatched paint, utility room door.
after painting.

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

July 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.