roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3083 (20110615)

roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3083 (20110615)
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Carolyn says "Hi", while I check out the roof for the first time since it was modified during the mid-2000’s building of our addition. Due to the terrain, there are parts of my roof you can only see on Google Earth — unless you go up there. After sliding down the roof uncontrollably on more than one occasion, I stopped going up there as much a few years ago.

To make the most of the expedition, I took the camera and also bought roofing cement. The stuff smells horrible — like hot asphalt — and you can smell it from 50 feet away for awhile afterward. It can only be washed off of your skin with paint thinner (which says not to put on your skin). You can see where I patched 2 nails to the left of the ladder, at the edge of the roof. I basically used half the bucket on every exposed nail head, every crack, and on all the edges of the chimney flashing (which really did flood once when our builder screwed up the roof — see video of the 20060625 indoor rain at www.youtube.com/watch?v=ybwRtTmOXtU ). Originally I was going to nail in a roofing safety harness bracket — a 0 fall harness + bracket I bought online, so as to not fall off my roof and kill myself — but my stud sensor was unable to sense the joists through my shingles, so I had to abort that project. But that’s what the roofing cement was originally for — keeping the holes I was going to put in my shingles from leaking into roof. Instead I just used it for general roof upkeep.

So anyway, after all that, Progressive drops us for the condition of our roof ("curling shingles"). Of course, we survived the hurricane JUST FINE with zero water in our house, proving that Progressive Insurance are ASSHOLES. These shingles are not in perfect condition, but the roof sure as hell does not need to be re-done if it is functioning just fine.

Also since then, additional gutter guards have been deployed, and they are uniformly and 100% covering the front gutters at least. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage.

Carolyn.
Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, gutter, house maintenance, ladder, roofing cement, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks.

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

June 15, 2011.

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roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – angry flashing – IMG_3089 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – angry flashing – IMG_3089 (20110615)
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The bottom of the chimney has an angry face here!

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.

Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

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.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, angry face, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

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

June 15, 2011.

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roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3091 (20110615)

roof, front – Carolyn says hi – IMG_3091 (20110615)
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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.

The tree touching the roof on the right is an example of tree maintenance I did myself with the pole saw.

You can see some of the Home Depot solar lights that we put on the pathway (once you get out of the range of the street light).

Leaves still everywhere from our tree removal.

Also since then, additional gutter guards have been deployed, and they are uniformly and 100% covering the front gutters at least. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage.

Carolyn.
Homesite insurance, Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, Pontiac Grand Am 1994 vehicle, Progressive insurance, flamingos, gutter, gutter guards, gutters, house maintenance, jack stand, shingles, solar lights.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks.

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

June 15, 2011.

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

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3086 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3086 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

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.

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.

Oh look! You can see Tim’s deck! (He was an extra in Silence Of The Lambs — see screenshot at www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/2698722705/ ) Can’t believe he paid ,000 for his retaining walls! That’s 70% of what our addition cost…! The jerk who built his lot and paid me to use my water — then using of it — should have put this wall in himself, if it was really necessary.

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, deck, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

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

June 15, 2011.

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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)
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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, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3084 – lots of tree poop (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3084 – lots of tree poop (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

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.

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.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles, tree.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

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

June 15, 2011.

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

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3081 (20110615)

roof, never-before-seen post-addition chimney roof & flashing – IMG_3081 (20110615)
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Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Another curious thing about my chimney: Why are there two? We have a theory that there’s a 2nd fireplace buried in the wall downstairs, behind our leftward cabinets (where we keep our bread machines). It was perhaps covered up for heat-loss reasons, or perhaps because the kitchen was expanded and put cabinets within burn-range of the fireplace. There has definitely been discussion of turning it BACK into a fireplace downstairs, but it would be kind of an expensive hassle, and would remove a place for a couch to exist.

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.

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.

I reinforced the flashing edges with tons of roof cement. (This is the before pic, there is no after pic.)

Homesite insurance, Progressive insurance, bricks, chimney, flashing, house maintenance, shingles.
Homesite insurance sucks. Homesite sucks. Progressive insurance sucks. Progressive sucks. after addition.

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

June 15, 2011.

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

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.

window, living room picture window – 33 – full view – unpaint’d roof edge – Lemonjello, Oranjello – IMG_3684 (20111014)

window, living room picture window – 33 – full view – unpaint’d roof edge – Lemonjello, Oranjello – IMG_3684 (20111014)
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The "utility side" of our house, with all its glorious wires. I mainly took this picture to illustrate the soffit/roof edge on this side of the house. It remains unpainted, because all those wires are dangerous, and I don’t feel like painting inches away from a live electrical wire. You can see the grey I painted on the very edges — as far as my arms could reach from the corner — but at no point was any ladder ever rested against this wall. And that side of the roof is pretty scary compared to the middle of the roof. So that part doesn’t get painted.

Who was the moron who used bright orange wires outside? Daniel M. Lopez’s idiotic underlings at Virginia Design Builders, who were no longer licensed after fucking our job up, missing the contract deadline, the new deadline, and the deadline after that, and getting fined by the state. Watch out for any Hispanic construction companies operating out of Laurel, MD that employ anyone with the name Lopez, because from what I could gather, his children are continuing his legacy of idiocy. If they are as retarded as the monkeys who took over 3 years to perform a 3 month addition contract, then they are probably still screwing people to this day. These people took 40 man hours to install a new heating unit! (I’ve asked around, and most non-retarded non-monkeys say it’s a one day job.) I had an "inspection passed" sticker placed on a circuit breaker box that had never been inspected. Daniel M. Lopez was arrested for theft of subcontractor funds, and I visited the police to talk to them bout him. I wonder how the 0K lawsuit against Daniel M. Lopez (from other people who claimed to us on the phone that they were tricked into buying OUR construction materials) is doing. Hopefully he lost and faced bankruptcy, but I doubt it. I’d love to protest at Lopez’s funeral, likeWestboro Baptist Church does. Only my protest would not be based on his lifestyle choice and my hate of it due to an imaginary sky fairy, but based on him bringing actual misery and massive financial damage, unhappiness, and marital problems to many couples — some of which I’ve spoken with at length about him. If this comment sounds racist, well — situations like these are what cause people to be racist. And it’s not like the workers in my house didn’t make it a point to tell me they didn’t like black people (my brother in law at the time was black, but it’s offensive to hear whether or not I have black family). And another screwed subcontractor came to my house yelling, "I thought I could trust him because he was Mexican! But he’s a fucking Indian!" (My builder was Mexican Native American.) What the fuck! You’re a minority; learn that it sucks and don’t foist that same suckage and judgment on others. Sorry. Got on a little side-rant about race, because I can just imagine how this caption might be interpreted negatively by some people (esp if you’re Hispanic–sorry). I call the people who worked on my house retarded monkeys not because of their race, but because they were uneducated idiots who screwed every possible thing up — like installing a thermostat so high Carolyn couldn’t see the display, having a floor made out of pieces of wood that were fucking trapezoids and shit that makes no sense, bringing a tractor-trailer-sized dumpster of other people’s trash from other jobs and leaving it in our driveway until we called a tow company, creating a roof that makes it so that when it rains, it rains inside, etc, etc, etc, etc.

So yeah, that orange wire makes me pretty angry. Use some fucking common sense. The west side of my house is ugly enough without making it worse.

Lemonjello the cat, Oranjello the cat, attic vent, bricks, gutters, house maintenance, living room window, soffit, well, wires.

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

October 14, 2011.

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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.

So the largest window in our house — actually 3 windows — was a major pain, and one of the few single-pane windows in the house. It would leak heat/cold in the summer/winter, and looked really bad compared to the new siding we had installed 6 or so years ago. So we decided to go ahead and replace just this window (actually 3 separate windows). Man was it expensive! ,350! Thompson Creek had the best pitch and data, whereas Home Depot required up front for an appointment they never showed up for and a list of 4 phone numbers to escalate (all 4 failed). So we had Thompson Creek do it of course! They did it, said they did it wrong, made us wait a month while making a new window (pro: they are all custom-made just for you; con: they are all custom-made, so a screw-up requires waiting for a new one to be made), then installed the new window, and finally everything was good and we were satisfied.

It was just kind of 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…

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.