Thorondor, on 02 August 2019 - 06:00 PM, said:
When that thing is back in place and the sun hits it, though, the boss may have to grab himself some shades.
Very true, though the only time where reflection may be an issue is late in the day when the sun is low in the sky. At that time we have a van parked in front of the door and most likely we are closed too.
Space Voyager, on 02 August 2019 - 07:42 PM, said:
DAMN IT, I'll need to do some work around the house, too! This can't be allowed to continue, Zombies are taking over the handyman-world!
No worries, it's tough sometimes to get anything done at home because (at least for me) I'm usually too tired to do more after a long day at work. But if you break a project up into smaller steps you might be able to fit those in. Before you know it, you'll be done.
I did manage to do a little bit of work on the door the other day (no pics for any of this unfortunately). I sanded it down with some rough 50 grit sandpaper to knock down any glossiness and to give the new paint something to grab on to. After I sanded it, I ran my hand across the door to feel for any high spots and everything was smooth, however, my hand was blood red from the paint particles.
Because of that, I washed the door off with some soapy water.
I spent way too much time on the sill plate though. I thought I'd be able to get that fairly clean rather quickly with a wire cup brush on a drill, and it did, but there are grooves in the plate which were caked with hard grit and oxide (the plate is made of aluminum). Ended up scraping them with a putty knife, then wire brushing them by hand. And it still didn't end up looking decent due to the wire brush. So I might just spray it with a primer. Not only that, but there are three screws which hold the plate down which were a little rusty (not terrible though). My original intention was to replace the screws with stainless steel to prevent the formation of rust. Unfortunately the two screws on each end are so tight I can't possibly get them loose either by hand or a drill (probably would get them out with an impact driver but we don't have that). Also, the head of the center screw is so chowdered up there is no way of getting that out. Bummer. Well, those will just have to stay in place for now. Will update more next week.
So for a change of pace, how about a planting project? Remember the wall of the small garage I painted last year? Well, there is a small planting bed between the wall and the walkway and since we had some perennials left I decided to plop some in there to beautify that portion of the world. The thing was a weedy mess though, so I yanked it all out.
I got 4 big piles out. The only thing I salvaged from that mess was a couple stems of Rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan)... you might be able to see it in the middle. That sheet metal pile has been sitting there at the corner of the garage since May when the HVAC guys removed a rooftop unit and didn't take along the scrap. Time to move that out of the way! Now, I could have just planted straight into the soil there, but there are a couple issues
- There were so many weeds that the soil was all clumpy from the roots
- There were probably a lot of weed seeds in the soil which were just waiting to sprout once I gave it some TLC.
My decision was to dig out approximately 4 inches (10 cm) of dirt and replace it with some composted cow manure. I also added some soil-less planting mix to loosen things up and top dressed the whole shebang with some 5-10-5 garden fertilizer granules.
That was quite a bit of work but it turned out looking nice and clean. Now for the plants. I didn't have a huge selection to pick from, so I had to choose some varieties that can take nearly full sun conditions. I had 3 white coneflowers (Echinacea
) so that would work as centerpieces. To fill in between those I had 6 Canterbury Bells (Campanula
) and 8 Corkscrew Rush grass (Juncus
). Plus that black-eyed Susan - so a total of 18 plants. Plopped those in, watered them and washed the concrete walkway.
Beautiful! The wilty plant closest to the camera is the black-eyed Susan, but it'll bounce back now that it's watered in.
So there you go, a little non-painting home (urm, business) improvement.