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
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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 (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, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)

door, kitchen – painted – Home Depot color matching – IMG_3450 (20110822)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
The kitchen/back door. Rarely used. Accidentally painted the storm door shut, and have not not opened it since. Opted not to paint the door itself out of laziness, and the fact that it’s in alright condition other than a permanent stain from ripping kudzu off of it back when the kudzu had gotten under the storm door and grown to the ceiling. Stupid kudzu.

We also opted not to paint the ceiling at the top of this picture — the bottom of our bedroom overhang — because the green paint underneath is actually in excellent condition. That is pretty much the last remaining green on the house other than the west side soffits, which we could not paint due to electrical wires all over.

A few weeks later we dug a trench and added proper drainage to the gutterin this picture.

Anybody need a birdfeeder? They bring birds to us — but they bring far more rats, so they sit empty at our house.

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!

But still. This will do. It’s not peeling all over anymore, which is what’s really important. The colors just aren’t going to quite match.

BY THE WAY, see the pipe that comes out of the house on the left, then back into the house by the door? That was part of our house purchase settlement agreement. 12/1998, they had to fix the laundry which had been draining into the back creek for… 58 years. So they simply fed the drain back into the kitchen under the sink. Basically skirted the agreement with minimal expenditure. I’m sure this pipe will break someday… And then *I’ll* let the laundry drain into the creek until the next people by the house. And the cycle continues. Muahahha.

Home Depot color matching, bird feeders, birdfeeders, cinder blocks, gutter, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint, storm door.
after painting.

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

August 22, 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.

door, utility room – 0 – peeling paint, DSL line repairs – IMG_3077 (20110614)

door, utility room – 0 – peeling paint, DSL line repairs – IMG_3077 (20110614)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
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.

DSL line, cinder blocks, concrete wall, electrical tape, house maintenance, utility room door.
before painting.

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

June 14, 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, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)

door, kitchen – bottom of overhang=largest green area left – (Home Depot color matching problems) – IMG_3690 (20111014)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
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!

You can’t really see it very well in this picture, though, because the angle of the sun really messed the picture up. Mostly you can only see the mismatch on the outer door frame.

Home Depot color matching, birdfeeders, house maintenance, kitchen door, mismatched paint.

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

October 14, 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.