yard, front – front of house – all sills, doors, fence painted, gutters repaired – IMG_3448 (20110822)
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
An "after" pic of the window/door/soffit/gutter/fence painting and gutter repairs, and the now-cleared stone steps with solar lights (still not recommended for guests, though).
The gutter guards are now 100% covering the front gutters, and are uniform in their coverage. Had to cut some into custom-sized pieces to get full coverage. The front-left gutter is also AMAZINGLY straight compared to the "before" picture, thanks to re-doing (and adding new) gutter nails/crews. The front-right gutter, while still obviously damaged, is in way better shape before — it had actually pulled the end of my roof off, and I had to nail my actual roof frame back together!! Gutter-caulk was successful in making it so that you can stand at our front door in the rain without getting water on you anymore! The gutter guts! It hasn’t done that in years!
When we first moved in, the front looked like this: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/90504353/ and this: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/90504591/ (and also www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/96737295/ but you can’t see the green in that picture)
In case you’re wondering how a gutter gets damaged: www.flickr.com/photos/clintjcl/4481727978/
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.
camping chairs, cooler, groceries, gutter guards, house maintenance, ladder, storm door, windows.
after gutter repair. after painting.
front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.
August 22, 2011.
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BACKSTORY: After all of the first-world-bullshit we had to go through (described in the backstories of the other pictuers), it was nice to be able to take this "after" picture, and be done with it (for this year, anyway)! (Next year: Retaining wall repair, concrete wall patching.)