Shutters once had a real function. They were a security measure, a way to close up houses safely at night or when the occupants were away. But they serve no purpose on a modern house. Please don't glue fake shutters to your siding!!!
I spent the (spectacularly hot) week of my birthday pushing forward on the painting progress. Knowing I'd have someone around to spot me, I planned to do the high-up, platform work on the south gable. Here's what I've accomplished since the last time I checked in on the painting. To shake things up from the … Continue reading Exterior Progress: Nearly done with North and South Gable Ends
Realizing that the summer is only going to get hotter and less pleasant for exterior-work-while-wearing-a-tyvek-suit, I have switched back to the outside. Here's the progress report on scraping, priming and painting the garage wall.
I wanted to squeak in one quarter of the house painting - the street side - before the weather got too cold for proper curing conditions. Here's how I gamed the weather to get the job done!
One consideration in dealing with older buildings is that they may have lead paint on walls or trim. The Centers for Disease Control website recommends assuming any house built before 1978 has some lead paint lurking around. Why is this a problem? Lead won't do you any harm while sticking to the wall, but it has … Continue reading Getting the Lead Out like Pros