window, bathroom (large) – scraping started (20110527) (IMG_3062) (Worst Window In All Of Scotland warning)

window, bathroom (large) – scraping started (20110527) (IMG_3062) (Worst Window In All Of Scotland warning)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Right after we started scraping off the old paint. At some point around 2005 I had some waterproofing spray I was trying to use up, which I sprayed on the paint here to make it last longer. It turned it yellow, haha. Not the right way to do things. So good to get this repainted anyway.

This window is barely even a real window! The inner window is a low-grade single-pane aluminum window, bit the outer pane is just a sheet of plastic screwed into the wooden window pane!. Not airtight! Not a window! Not glass! No R-Value! Not anything! I had sprayed Great Stuff in there years ago. Looks like ass but probably helped with the seal a bit.

We’re waiting for the sill on this window to finish rotting out. This window is one of the top 2 windows in the house up for future replacement. Always has been. It’s rotting on the inside too — often times during a shower some window will will fall into the water. There’s an exposed nail inside. It’s the worst condition window in the house. But of course, the longer we wait to replace it, the less money we have to spend right now 🙂

When I painted it, I actually painted margin around the edge of the plastic itself so as to obscure the ugly Great Stuff.

scraping.
ADT sticker, Secured by ADT sticker, bathroom window, camera, house maintenance, peeling paint, window.
before painting.

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

May 27, 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.

It was quite 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…

Bathroom window before painting: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4531380523/

window, living room picture window – 99 – replacement – lead paint warning sign – IMG_3111 – (20110627)

window, living room picture window – 99 – replacement – lead paint warning sign – IMG_3111 – (20110627)
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Oops! Guess that WAS lead paint I was scraping and letting fall all in my mouth and eyes and all over my skin for weeks on end.

They had to do a lead test. No extra cost to the customer; but they had to take extra state-mandated safety measures, PLUS due to the lead status, they were only allowed to take 50% of the job costs up front. Since we had already paid the full cost of the job (~00) up front, they had to refund us half, and ask us to write another check for just ~50. Funny how the government kept me from paying the business I wanted to pay for the service they wanted to provide me. I understand that this was for my protection, but when I actually needed protection from a creepy addition builder who took 3 years to perform a 3 month contract, screwing me out of more than K extra over the contract, the government could only fine him 0 and help me . So what I am seeing from a lot of government regulation is that it makes people feel good, but doesn’t actually do anything for them.

This is also an example of a repainted window sill. Though this window is barely a window — the outer pane is just a sheet of plastic screwed into the wooden window pane. Not airtight or anything. I had sprayed Great Stuff in there years ago. Looks like ass but probably helped the breeze a bit. This time I painted a margin around the plastic sheet itself, to obscure the ugly Great Stuff. I often call this "The Worst Window In All Of Scotland", after the "Worst Toilet In All Of Scotland" from the movie Trainspotting.

We’re waiting for the sill on this window to finish rotting out. This window is one of the top 2 windows in the house up for future replacement. Always has been.

ADT sticker, Secured by ADT sticker, house maintenance, lead work area sign, living room window, no smoking or eating sign, no smoking warning.after painting.

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

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… 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). 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 anew 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…

20091212 – 3 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1109 – DynaStat Data Recovery – inactive – inactive warning

20091212 – 3 – harddrive failure – SpinRite software – GEDC1109 – DynaStat Data Recovery – inactive – inactive warning
Virginia Software
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
A warning thought I figured I should save. But I probably don’t need this.

Hard drive problems! We went to watch Flapjack last night at 2:30AM and noticed the folder wasn’t there. In fact, folders stopped after the letter S (And this folder started with T for The Marvelous Adventures Of Flapjack). In fact, a lot of the drive was seemingly missing. Adding to the confusion, I could do "dir t*" and see all the folders that started with T, but if I simply did "dir", it would stop at S. This is bad.

Opened case to hook to a different SATA port, my first line of defense that so often fixes SATA drive problems. Replaced my cable. Noticed my RAM wasn’t fully seated. In fact, it’s physically mangled to the point where I had to pull 2 of my 4G. That’s okay — I regret buying the extra 2G, and it cost me infinitely more time than it saved anyway.

Burned an ISO of SpinRite and ran SpinRite. It said it would take 43 hours. Ran downstairs, found the optical digital cable from our X-Box that recently died of a crashed drive (lost all savegames!), and hooked it from Carolyn’s computer to my stereo. Since she has a backup of our complete music collection, we had music restored again! Enabled her 2nd monitor, played with the optical/HDMI settings on my stereo, and we had it so that we could watch videos on the big 52-inch TV and nice 7.1 stereo again. Though her computer only outputs in 4:3, so we would probably stick to fullscreen shows.

But then SpinRite petered out and said it couldn’t finish, so I rebooted and am now moving files off. This will likely take a good week. I’m probably going to order another drive to copy recovered files to. And then RMA this drive to Western Digital. It’s only 7 months into its 5yr warranty. They’re going to lose money on me.

data recovery.
DynaStat Recovery screen, DynaStat recovery, SpinRite, Western Digital Caviar Green WD15EADS00R6B0 harddrive, inactive warning, screenshot.
Hades.

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

December 12, 2009.

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…View video of SpinRite in action at: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4179386545/