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.

… 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.

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.

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.

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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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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… 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). 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!

20070726 – staining – another unsafe ladder set-up (mid) – IMG_2840

20070726 – staining – another unsafe ladder set-up (mid) – IMG_2840
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
One of many hassles was covering everything up so that nothing would drip onto it. Fortunately, as we horde and re-use anything re-usable, we absolutely do not ever throw away a plastic Peapod (small/thick) or Diet-To-Go (large/flimsy) bag. Our surplus was just beginning to become semi-unmanagable, when all of a sudden we used just about every bag in the house to individual cover our spiral stiar rails! Other items used in covering included some newspapers given to me by my co-worker, a green bathrobe, a purple button-up womans’ shirt bought during our "rag quest" (yardsaleing for cheap rags to wipe stain on… A shirt would only last an hour or so), and 3-5 dropcloths throughout the project.

We learned that plastic worked better than paper, but paper had definite advantages, like being able to wipe excess stain onto it, and being rippable. Sometimes we used both at once. It just depended. But with the stairs, you had to TAPE everything down. Very annoying. At least painter’stape is re-stickable.

You can also see the current unsafe ladder placement, and the carpet-on-the-stairs from the previous unsafe ladder placement. We left it there since it also served as a dropcloth.

BACKSTORY: Anyone who reads our contract (link below) can see that it specified to move the closet and built-in shelves. But Virginia Design Builders‘s workers — the workers hired by Daniel M. Lopez — were unable to properly move the closet without destroying it. And they "accidentally" threw away our shelves. They also broke the trim at the edge of the closet.

And then guess what? The asshole refused to stain ANY of it, despite the fact that the only reason the color now didn’t match was due to their inability to properly execute a contract. (It was a 3 month contract and was not finished for over 3 years.) This left us having to stain WAY more wood than we otherwise would have. It was quite literally a difference of several months’ work, as we both had jobs (at the time), and spare time at home has been in deficit for awhile.

STAINING IS A PAIN: Just for reference, proper wood staining is a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR pain in the ass. The wood filling, the sanding, the pre-conditioning, staining, the wiping, the dropcloths, the multiple coats of everything, the (4) polyurethane coats [which often required holding a lamp in one hand, to reflect light on it to ensure evenness], and the final sanding. And don’t get me started on the timing: Stain 20 minutes after pre-conditioning, but only for 2 hours; stain in 20 minute cycles consisting of 4 sub-cycles: stain area #1, stain area #2, wipe area #1, wipe area #2. Then break, get new gloves, and start over. A 20 minute cycle might equal 2 shelves, or 2 boards from ceiling to floor. Our spreadsheet had over 200 cells. At the end of the day, the only way to get stain off your skin was to apply paint thinner directly to your skin in violation of the instructions, common sense, and one’s best interests…

wood staining.
bath robe, ladder, newspaper, painter’s tape, plastic bag, spiral stair railing.
unsafe.

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

July 26, 2007.

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

LEGAL: To see an official VA DPOR sanction of 0 (+0) against Dan Lopez and Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … These people were suing him for 0K last time I checked.

To see OUR contract with Dan Lopez / Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … Just in case anybody doesn’t believe me./B>

20110108 1509 – attic ladder installation – life saving $5 screwdriver purchased – GEDC2083

20110108 1509 – attic ladder installation – life saving screwdriver purchased – GEDC2083
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Since we were at Home Depot a lot that week, we noticed this tri-grip ratcheting screwdriver set was on sale for . We bought a couple of extras for other people. It turned out to be a lifesaver, because screwing in the anchor and reenforcing brackets was too hard to do manually, and absolutely imposible to do with a power drill. The ratcheting screwdriver’s large tri-gip handle adds a lot of torque to your screwing ability! We also soaped our wood screws — this made them go into the wood much easier.

We also got a bunch of small LED flashlights since they are on sale too — like 25 @ /each.

installing attic ladder.
LED flashlights, ratcheting screwdriver.
close-up.

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

January 8, 2011.

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

BACKSTORY: Too much raccoon noise in the attic! Time to install a built-in ladder, so that we can get up into the attic in 60 seconds to scare away any animals before they decide to move in again. Project cost exceeded 0 and involved 5+ Home Depot trips.

20070726 – staining – another unsafe ladder set-up (close) – IMG_2842

20070726 – staining – another unsafe ladder set-up (close) – IMG_2842
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
One of many hassles was covering everything up so that nothing would drip onto it. Fortunately, as we horde and re-use anything re-usable, we absolutely do not ever throw away a plastic Peapod (small/thick) or Diet-To-Go (large/flimsy) bag. Our surplus was just beginning to become semi-unmanagable, when all of a sudden we used just about every bag in the house to individual cover our spiral stiar rails! Other items used in covering included some newspapers given to me by my co-worker, a green bathrobe, a purple button-up womans’ shirt bought during our "rag quest" (yardsaleing for cheap rags to wipe stain on… A shirt would only last an hour or so), and 3-5 dropcloths throughout the project.

We learned that plastic worked better than paper, but paper had definite advantages, like being able to wipe excess stain onto it, and being rippable. Sometimes we used both at once. It just depended. But with the stairs, you had to TAPE everything down. Very annoying. At least painter’stape is re-stickable.

You can also see the current unsafe ladder placement, and the carpet-on-the-stairs from the previous unsafe ladder placement. We left it there since it also served as a dropcloth.

BACKSTORY: Anyone who reads our contract (link below) can see that it specified to move the closet and built-in shelves. But Virginia Design Builders‘s workers — the workers hired by Daniel M. Lopez — were unable to properly move the closet without destroying it. And they "accidentally" threw away our shelves. They also broke the trim at the edge of the closet.

And then guess what? The asshole refused to stain ANY of it, despite the fact that the only reason the color now didn’t match was due to their inability to properly execute a contract. (It was a 3 month contract and was not finished for over 3 years.) This left us having to stain WAY more wood than we otherwise would have. It was quite literally a difference of several months’ work, as we both had jobs (at the time), and spare time at home has been in deficit for awhile.

STAINING IS A PAIN: Just for reference, proper wood staining is a MAJOR MAJOR MAJOR pain in the ass. The wood filling, the sanding, the pre-conditioning, staining, the wiping, the dropcloths, the multiple coats of everything, the (4) polyurethane coats [which often required holding a lamp in one hand, to reflect light on it to ensure evenness], and the final sanding. And don’t get me started on the timing: Stain 20 minutes after pre-conditioning, but only for 2 hours; stain in 20 minute cycles consisting of 4 sub-cycles: stain area #1, stain area #2, wipe area #1, wipe area #2. Then break, get new gloves, and start over. A 20 minute cycle might equal 2 shelves, or 2 boards from ceiling to floor. Our spreadsheet had over 200 cells. At the end of the day, the only way to get stain off your skin was to apply paint thinner directly to your skin in violation of the instructions, common sense, and one’s best interests…

wood staining.
bath robe, ladder, newspaper, painter’s tape, plastic bag.
unsafe.

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

July 26, 2007.

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

LEGAL: To see an official VA DPOR sanction of 0 (+0) against Dan Lopez and Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … These people were suing him for 0K last time I checked.

To see OUR contract with Dan Lopez / Virginia Design Builders: clint.sheer.us/download/filedump/2008/daniel-m-lop… … Just in case anybody doesn’t believe me./B>