2007-9-27 008-Taking a break from the painting.

2007-9-27 008-Taking a break from the painting.
Colleges In Virginia
Image by MICHAEL QUICK of “MICHAELS PHOTOGRAPHY de NEMOURS”
One senior member of a fraternity and a pledge paints their logo on the cliff at Bluefield (Virginia) College on South College Avenue. Published in the Tazewell County Free Press! Wheeeeeee!

roof view, back – bedroom overhang gutter, soffit before painting, backyard kudzu – IMG_3088 (20110615)

roof view, back – bedroom overhang gutter, soffit before painting, backyard kudzu – IMG_3088 (20110615)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
See the brown stuff? The detritus of tree branches falling and collecting in this never-before-seen area of our roof. The smell was horrid. I named it "house shit". It was worse than horse shit, but not elephant shit. As I cleaned some out of the gutters, I had to drop it straight down (for life-threatening balancing reasons), where it landed in Carolyn’s hair (repeatedly), her unable to block it with her hands 9for life-threatening balancing reasons). Probably Carolyn’s least favorite part of a lot of this.

These gutters had not been cleaned in YEARS! They totally had trees with root systems growing in them. Nature is fierce around here! Constant zombie attack of life!

You can also see some of the last vestiges of the original green house — the peeling soffit on the overhang roof. (Which got painted later. However, I did not manage to re-paint the soffit of the main roof over the overhang roof (over the attic vent). That was the one place that couldn’t easily be reached. I have never stood on that overhang, nor do I intend to without a harness, nor is my studfinder capable of finding wood *through* my shingles, so I don’t know where to safely screw the hook to the 0 harness that I own. Baby steps.)

Next door, you can see the huge tree that fell during the 2005-ish hurricanes.

Note the condition of the shingles. Progressive insurance (Homesite insurance) dropped our insurance giving us a list of reasons. We fixed the items on that list. They then dropped us a 2nd time for new reasons not included in the first list, including "curling shingles" on my roof. The shingles certainly aren’t perfect, but do these look like something that’s going to fly off my roof and cost an insurance company a lot of money? Of course, we survived Hurricane Irene AND the post-Irene flood storms JUST FINE… With zero water in our house. Progressive did not even cite our roof the first time they dropped us. Quite simply, Progressive Insurance/Homesite insurance are ASSHOLES. The roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine. Plus, I just patched it with roof cement to strengthen it up even more! Be smart. Stay away from Progressive. Their low prices aren’t worth it. The State Corporation Commission has been notified, but since Virginia is a Republican state, our regulatory agencies barely have any teeth.

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, attic vent, boiler chimney, gutters, house maintenance, kudzu, shingles, soffit, view.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. before painting. before soffit painting.

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

June 15, 2011.

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

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

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.

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 🙂

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)
Virginia Insurance
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.

20090907 – art – painting – phoenix painting – GEDC0044

20090907 – art – painting – phoenix painting – GEDC0044
Virginia Homes For Sale
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We got this from a yard sale. The guy’s dad had, Werner Fait (I asked), had painted it. There were some other pieces that we also liked too, but at a pop this was pushing our limits for art as it is.

I did not even realize it was a phoenix; I just thought it was abstract colors! And we LOVE phoenixes! Especially after watching The Phoenix Saga and The Dark Phoenix Saga from X-Men:TAS (1990s) in college, and then later reading the comics. So it was a big bonus to get home and realize, "Oh! It’s a Phoenix! WIN!!!"

Phoenix, painting.

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

September 7, 2009.
Art by Werner Fait.

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20090907 – art – painting – phoenix painting by Werner Fait, space painting – FANTASY VS. SCI-FI – GEDC0042

20090907 – art – painting – phoenix painting by Werner Fait, space painting – FANTASY VS. SCI-FI – GEDC0042
Virginia Homes For Sale
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
We got both of these from yard sales.

The one on the right we’ve had for a long time, and is a pretty kick-ass alien landscape that is unfortunately in a not-too-well lit part of the house, where it is passed by and under-appreciated.

The new addition is the one on the left, which was was painted by the guy’s dad, Werner Fait (I asked). There were some other pieces that we also liked too, but at a pop this was pushing our limits for art as it is.

I did not even realize it was a phoenix; I just thought it was abstract colors! And we LOVE phoenixes! Especially after watching The Phoenix Saga and The Dark Phoenix Saga from X-Men:TAS (1990s) in college, and then later reading the comics. So it was a big bonus to get home and realize, "Oh! It’s a Phoenix! WIN!!!"

This is a good juxtaposition of fantasy (left) and science fiction (right)!

Phoenix, alien landscape, painting, space.
fantasy. science fiction.

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

September 7, 2009.
Art by Werner Fait.

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

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