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#361 Zombie

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 12:45 AM

View PostThorondor, on 16 September 2020 - 09:21 AM, said:

So, priming day at last on the West side and putty time. While admiring your progress I saw something I hadn't noticed in previous pics - that the corner board has some sort of hole/depression/deformation? Just one more to join the long line of filling/sanding candidates. Posted Image

Yeah, it's a knot in the wood that popped out. Easily fixed with caulk obviously. In fact, I always caulk all knots in wood as I'm afraid they will pop out.

View PostThorondor, on 16 September 2020 - 09:21 AM, said:

I wasn't aware there were hedges, bushes or what have you that close to the house. From what's on the pic before last in your post I imagine you're either going to have to do some more trimming or start doing some painting of the exterior from inside the house.

That hedge needs to be trimmed badly. I helped the bosses wife pick out and purchase an electric one a few years ago. Did a great job. Not sure where it went after the house was cleaned out but the current boss is going to check at home. I have a suspicion it was either thrown out or "sold on the side" by the guys who did the cleaning. I think I have one at home I can borrow to trim the hedge. Honestly though, the paint looks pretty good in back of the hedge as it's blocked from weather by the overhang and trees. When I painted that the last time I think I could stand sideways and shuffle along one foot in front of the other between the hedge and the wall. Wasn't fun. Posted Image

Caulkpocalypse 2020™ officially started today. Went to the paint store to pick up 8 tubes of caulking, 2 rolls of blue painters tape and a gallon of paint for the inside of the garage.

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You may be wondering why I got exterior paint for the inside of a garage. Well, for a couple of reasons: first, the garage sometimes saw some weather like rain, snow or sunlight if the door was left open, and second, any extra paint I have left I'm going to take back to the store to use and exterior is more useful than interior. I got the paint store to match the exact color with an old color chip book but they couldn't mix it in a eggshell finish so I told them satin was fine. If anything it'll make it easier to clean up.

One tube of the new gray caulking was defective. The bottom "pusher" was actually wedged in the tube sideways and the caulk was kinda hard behind it so I'm going to have to return that. Anyway, I used up the last tube of the almond color caulk today along with my own tube from the store of gray "Big Stretch" brand plus I polished off one tube of the new gray.

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Filled in the rest of the spots above the capstone with the water putty today so at least that's done. I also fixed up the broken boards below the window by drilling a pilot hole, countersunk hole and driving in a 2" deck screw (same as the ones I used on the greenhouse) on either side of the crack into the nailer. Finished that off by caulking over the countersunk holes so it was flush with the surface. Totally invisible repair. Plus I caulked the cracks between the boards so water can't get in back anymore. Posted Image

I was able to sand the water putty areas I filled in yesterday so there were no high spots anymore. Still looks dark so it's going to need more time to properly cure and dry. Was only able to caulk 4 joints on the West side and the two joints on the South next to the garage door, but I did do the joints underneath the window.

Gotta do more caulking the next time I'm over there, Plus I want to put in the new chunk of windowsill that was rotten. Have to take off the shutters because some paint is peeling next to them and I'm worried the paint will be flaking off behind the shutters. Better be safe than sorry. The drywall guy is supposedly coming on Monday to fix the bad piece of drywall in the garage and a couple spots inside the house. Once he gets that done I can prime that (tape and mud the joints if he doesn't) and roll on a coat of paint. So that's the news. Posted Image

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Posted 17 September 2020 - 07:10 AM

What is that hedge made of? The bushy growth looks like something with leaves but the actual tree looks more coniferous, like a yew? Coniferous trees are a pain to have in a hedge as they tend to get "hollow" inside, so the hedge gets wider and wider. I once cut the whole western side of my cypress hedge off and only left a thin green layer in the East. Which, due to the hedge trees tendency to lean the growth to West meant like 80% of the width, leaving the original trunks exposed to the West.

My mom freaked out but this was the only option IMO. In the winters so much snow gathered on the top that I had to get out every time it snowed and shake the snow off, otherwise the trees soon leaned to the limit of breaking - and I'd be left with no hedge at all. It's now like 5 years since and the trees have completely covered the western side, looks much nicer.

ANYway, caulking the whole house?! I hope the cracks are few and far between or the tubes you bought will one be the beginning. BTW, what kind of caulk are you using? Silicone based is probably not the best option here as the colour won't stick well to it. Acrylic?

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Posted 19 September 2020 - 12:57 AM

View PostSpace Voyager, on 17 September 2020 - 07:10 AM, said:

What is that hedge made of? The bushy growth looks like something with leaves but the actual tree looks more coniferous, like a yew? Coniferous trees are a pain to have in a hedge as they tend to get "hollow" inside, so the hedge gets wider and wider. I once cut the whole western side of my cypress hedge off and only left a thin green layer in the East. Which, due to the hedge trees tendency to lean the growth to West meant like 80% of the width, leaving the original trunks exposed to the West.

Yes, the tree in the corner that I trimmed and the hedge are both yews. It's a bit difficult to keep hedges full looking especially if the person doing the trimming doesn't know what they are doing. I recall seeing a This Old House episode detailing this. Edit: found it.



They are pruning cedar trees which is a little bit different from hedges but you get the idea.

View PostSpace Voyager, on 17 September 2020 - 07:10 AM, said:

ANYway, caulking the whole house?! I hope the cracks are few and far between or the tubes you bought will one be the beginning.

Not the whole house, just the West side because it's always in such bad shape. Hopefully it'll prevent water from making it's way behind the boards and rotting it out.

View PostSpace Voyager, on 17 September 2020 - 07:10 AM, said:

BTW, what kind of caulk are you using? Silicone based is probably not the best option here as the colour won't stick well to it. Acrylic?

It's "siliconized acrylic sealant" so it's basically a water or latex based caulk with some sort of suspended silicone product in it. It's fully paint-able (before I purchased anything I had to really read the entire packaging instructions but I'm 100% positive this is the right stuff). Besides, I used the same caulk on the East side and I painted over it just fine. If it was fully silicone it would smell like vinegar and the paint would sheet off the caulk. ;)

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Couldn't really make it over to the house today. Didn't bother me much as there were 3 different workmen over there: HVAC, drywaller/painter and a crew to remove the HAM radio tower on the East side. Had other things I did at the shop like installing those plates around the door handle on the small garage. Outside, and inside.

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Scraped, sanded, primed and painted the area around the handle that had loose paint first.

Had a heck of a time trying to figure out how to get the plates in the proper spot and to make the central connector piece hole. That piece was about 1/2" wide and the biggest drill bit I had was only 3/8". I enlarged the hole a bit by using the flutes of the drill bit but that only got me so far. Plus some part of the turning mechanism was supposed to fit inside the hole in the door for the handle, but putting a metal plate prevented it from seating. So I had to figure out how to make a 1 1/2" hole in the plate. Didn't have a big enough drill bit for that obviously, but I was able to fit the tip of an aviation snips inside the center hole to roughly cut out the hole, then used my rotary metal file bit for the drill to fine tune the fit. The inside plate needed a bigger hole for the center turning piece but not huge because there wasn't a  turning mechanism to get in the way. Used the 3/8" bit to make the initial hole, then plunged the file bit in to widen it. Worked like a charm.

Didn't have a chance to caulk behind the plates but now that the handle is in place that shouldn't be too hard as I can just loosen up the screws to allow me to get the spout of the caulk tube behind the plate. The door looks pretty bad on the outside too. I'm going to clean it first to see if it's mold. If bleaching doesn't do it, then I may repaint. :)

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A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 04:11 AM

Had a shortened day at work today because I had to take my dad to the hospital to get his gallbladder removed. I'll remind you all to wear a mask, wash your hands, practice extreme social distancing as you don't want to go to the hospital with COVID still around. Not fun. Posted Image

Anyhow, the painters were there working on the family room among other rooms, but they did manage to put in a new piece of drywall in the garage.

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It's up to me to tape, patch, sand, prime and paint the new joints. No big deal. You may notice there are two shutters in the pic. Yup, you guessed it, I took off the shutters on the West side to gain access to the wood behind. It wasn't too bad thankfully, not much scraping was necessary there. But above that is a different story.

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So I accomplished a bunch of different things which may not be apparent in the picture. Obviously I removed the shutters and scraped the boards. I also scraped the mold/lichen off the top of the capstone, scraped the window frame, and sanded the water putty patches. Managed to remove the caulk and putty between the window frame and wall boards on the left side and part of the top. Need to do a better job scraping the bottom of the frame tomorrow along with priming the bare wood spots. And probably continue with the Caulking Olympics. ;)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 23 September 2020 - 08:32 AM

Talk about patchwork, Zombie. :P

It must have taken a little doing from you indeed in the garage as that bottom part of the puzzle is not exactly level with the wall.

And that West side story continues to have much to tell. You're two-thirds of the way there by the looks of it though and the window bit is the most demanding of your special brand of reconstructive surgery there.

Caulk callisthenics for the win! :D


p.s.: I expect all went wall with your father's procedure. Be safe!

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 02:15 AM

First things first, before I even loaded the truck with my painting gear I measured and cut that piece of cedar for the chunk of windowsill which was rotten. I was worried about the length being off so I cut the board just slightly longer than I needed and figured I could sand the edges till it fit. Got there and checked the length and it was literally perfect - no modifications necessary! So the chunk of new windowsill is 2 inches wide and my idea was to drill a pilot hole through the width to tie in to the existing windowsill and countersink. For that I'd need about a 3 inch screw. Didn't have that, but I did have some galvanized 3 1/2 inch screws and that seemed fine. One wasn't enough and neither was two so I drove in three which stiffened things up considerably. :)

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This was a rough sawn cedar board so I sanded it till it was sorta smooth, I don't have to be exact here. Will have to prime this board yet, and I'll probably end up using water putty to fill in those big holes around it. To do a decent job though, it'll have to come back off so I can prime all the sides and when it's dry I'll pile in the caulk to either side so water can't make it's way in. By this time it was pretty hot on the West side so I took a break from that and did some more scraping on the South side above the hedge.

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Some big cracks in the boards so I'll need to address that somehow. I tried poking behind the boards through the cracks with a putty knife to see if there is a nailer behind it but couldn't find anything. This might just be a "dumb luck" kinda fix: keep driving screws in random locations to see if any catch. Did I mention that scraping this part was not fun? Well, it's not fun. The roof is only about 2 feet wide so I basically had to scrunch up my 6'4" frame to fit and after a little while I got stiff. Might have to borrow an extension ladder from my dad so I can maybe paint off the side instead. Oh, and caulk too. This section is going to need about a tube's worth. ;)

Speaking of caulk, when it got too warm on the South side I went back to the West side and emptied a tube into the spaces between the boards to the right of the window. I only caulked as high as I could reach off the ground.

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Oh, and I also sprayed some bleach+bucket cleaner soap underneath the eaves to see if that helped with the dark spots. Yup, turns out it was mold.

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I'll still need to scrape a little and roll some stain on there, but it's almost good to go. I mixed up a little more bleach than I needed so I sprayed the rest on the gutters and fascia along the rest of the South side. They needed it. Posted Image

Tomorrow I might not be at the house depending on how many flowers we get in. I'm hoping I can swing over there and get some priming done and maybe some more scraping and caulking. If not, it'll have to be Friday. Posted Image

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Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 24 September 2020 - 09:14 AM

Talk about getting it flush, Zombie. :)

Now, while it is pretty much perfect lenght-wise, it does seem somewhat thicker than the windowsill to the left of it. But that could just be the close-up effect of the pic bloating the significance of the difference.

Regardless, there's bound to be a whole lotta fillin' goin' on around there before long. ;)

I see the South side isn't exactly cracking you up. :P It really didn't seem as bad as your scraping has now made bare. The crevaces are real, yet with a tad of loving care caulk will all seal!

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 12:44 AM

View PostThorondor, on 24 September 2020 - 09:14 AM, said:

Now, while it is pretty much perfect length-wise, it does seem somewhat thicker than the windowsill to the left of it. But that could just be the close-up effect of the pic bloating the significance of the difference.

The new piece is wider than the end piece of the windowsill, but not along the whole length. It's wider a few inches to the left. And the reason for that is because the windowsill rotted out before already. I just made that difference up with some caulk, no big deal. It's not rocket science, it just has to pass inspection from 3 feet away. Posted Image

Couldn't make it over to the house today unfortunately, but I was able to finally get the table tops in the greenhouse cleaned off. Plus the park bench.

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There are some hardy mums on the far right - we are keeping this group in the greenhouse as they take longer to open in there and that gives us a little more time to sell what we have on display out in front. There's also my cart with some bags of soil on it, I'll be bringing those bags in the backroom for use during the winter.

Oh, I almost forgot, I finally finished painting the boards for the greenhouse. I just had to do one more end which I did the other day. Here you can see their final resting place till next spring.

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When I put them away I noticed that some of them are scratched on the bottom. Not a problem, I'm going to put on the final coat next spring along with another coat on the table tops just to freshen everything up. Posted Image

We have a heavy metal table by the corner red door and over time it has a tendency to sink into the blacktop. So I put wooden pads under the legs to spread the weight and cut down on the sinking. Well, a few years back I tossed out the old pads because they were starting to rot and made some new ones out of plywood. I actually soaked them for a couple days in boiled linseed oil+turpentine to protect them on the inside, then painted them with some Rustoleum black paint. That was kinda a mistake on my part as the paint started to peel off after a couple seasons. Took them inside and set them on the boiler to dry out and promptly forgot about them. Posted Image

Anyhow, I was down in the furnace room a couple weeks back and found them. So I slapped on a couple coats of latex primer to fill in all the cracks and today I put on one coat of polyurethane on 5 sides. It's probably going to need 2 coats on everything, but it's a start.

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It was taking forever to dry outside today (probably due to the humidity) so I brought them inside and turned a fan on to hopefully speed up the process. No dice, it was still sticky when I left to go home but it should dry overnight. Fingers crossed there. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 06:05 AM

View PostZombie, on 25 September 2020 - 12:44 AM, said:

When I put them away I noticed that some of them are scratched on the bottom. Not a problem, I'm going to put on the final coat next spring along with another coat on the table tops just to freshen everything up. Posted Image

I might have mentioned that you're not paid enough... The tables are so shiny they look wet, but he's gonna freshen them up... Maaaaaaan, I wish I were you.

Just to illustrate - I would NOT TOUCH NEITHER THE BOARDS NOR THE TABLES ever again until they look as shitty as they did before you picked them up. Posted Image Ok ok, perhaps a week earlier.  ;)

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Posted 25 September 2020 - 08:42 AM

I see beautiful red across the board - good on you, Zombie! :)

But for all that alluring sheen there's by contrast a distinct lack of greenery on the premises.

Paint pigment can only go so far to brighten one's day as you no doubt know full well. So when is the greenhouse going to get back some of that truly joyous riot of natural colour ?

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Posted 26 September 2020 - 01:14 AM

View PostSpace Voyager, on 25 September 2020 - 06:05 AM, said:

I might have mentioned that you're not paid enough... The tables are so shiny they look wet, but he's gonna freshen them up... Maaaaaaan, I wish I were you.

Just to illustrate - I would NOT TOUCH NEITHER THE BOARDS NOR THE TABLES ever again until they look as shitty as they did before you picked them up. Posted Image Ok ok, perhaps a week earlier.  Posted Image

I'll tell you, it's a heck of a lot easier to do touchup painting than it is to start all over from scratch. You have to remember that painting is 90% prep work and 10% actual painting. If I can skip that 90% (or even part of that) it pays for itself. :)

I investigated the table tops this morning and there are some spots which could use a little paint. I'm not sure how much red polyurethane I have left, but if I can manage it I'll roll another coat on now. I'd just as soon do the tables this year as that's one less thing to worry about next spring.

View PostThorondor, on 25 September 2020 - 08:42 AM, said:

I see beautiful red across the board - good on you, Zombie! Posted Image

But for all that alluring sheen there's by contrast a distinct lack of greenery on the premises.

Paint pigment can only go so far to brighten one's day as you no doubt know full well. So when is the greenhouse going to get back some of that truly joyous riot of natural colour ?

On or around May 3-4 2021. Posted Image I mean, it's like the last hurrah at this time of the year - the only thing in there is the yellow hardy mums. I guess I can try to get a pic of them before we bring them out for display. Other than that, the outdoor stuff is at it's end. Too bad, but there's always next year! Posted Image

So I emptied another tube of caulk into the West wall today. Then ran over to the paint store to get a replacement for the defective tube, got 3 more tubes and ordered another gallon of gray polyurethane. It isn't in stock, but it should arrive Tuesday. Now I'm second guessing myself and think I should order another gallon on top of that. Heh!

When I got back I started by taking off the piece of replacement windowsill, sanded the entire thing down with 36 and then 50 grit (it was smooth enough so I didn't bother with finer grits). and then ran into a snag. I wanted to prime the entire piece but didn't want it to stick to something while drying. I came up with an ingenious work around: I found some small pieces of foam board and screwed them to the ends of the screws, painted, then put it on a old scrap piece of 3/4 x 8 inch wide board to dry.

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While that was drying I worked on scraping out the big cracks in the boards I didn't paint yet as they were filled with water putty and loose. Once I got all the putty out I could determine where the nailer was, then drilled pilot holes on either side of the crack, countersunk holes and drove in 1 3/4 inch coated decking screws (previously used, but plenty of life left in them yet).

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At least now the boards can't move much anymore, so the cracks will stay somewhat the same width apart. After I got that done I checked the replacement windowsill and it was sorta dry (just a tad sticky). Good enough! I went and caulked the areas the board would touch on the old windowsill and put a nice heavy bead down. Got the replacement piece, screwed that back into position and filled in some of the spots with more caulk. Freebie reflection of me in the window, as usual. Posted Image

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That's not going anywhere. The chunks missing underneath the windowsill will be filled with water putty. That'll work out good because there's a bad area of the window frame that needs to be filled along with some other spots.

With that done, I ended the day by priming all the raw wood on the West side and also the areas with dried water putty.

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I really put down the primer on the water putty areas and the spot where the boards meet the capstone. When I come back the next time I can lay down a bead of caulk between the two and it'll be almost ready for the first coat of stain. It's starting to come together now! Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 27 September 2020 - 04:25 PM

Consider Spring chicken over here slapped over the head for the silly greenhouse occupancy question. Posted Image

Liked your improv workaround for handling the priming of the windowsill replacement bit - sure did the trick. Almost looks like a diorama with the surrounding debris given your framing even. Posted Image

You've got things moving along at a nice clip. Time to kick into gear and 'smoke' that final third of the West side. Go, Zombie! Posted Image

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Posted 29 September 2020 - 11:54 PM

There was a chance for rain in the afternoon today so I decided to start by caulking a little bit on the West side. There were some rough areas above and to the right of the window which required some filling in and also a section of the crack I didn't get to the last time, I also caulked the area between the boards and capstone (as far as I primed at least). While waiting for that to skin over I did some scraping of the old caulk and putty above and below the window.

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And as you can see I did a little bit of painting on the West side too.

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Oh, and scraping too. Didn't get too much of that done but I had a couple dustpans filled with paint flakes, chips, old caulk and putty so I must've did something. Posted Image I didn't bother taping up the capstone, I carefully freehanded when painting the caulk. I think it looks better with a non-perfect straight line of paint as the boards aren't 100% plumb anymore and neither is the capstone itself. Posted Image

When I painted the red trim on the East side it rained and washed some of the red off the wood and on to the wall and capstone. Decided I should address that and figured that since I had the paint there that I'd brush on a second coat below the windows as it would be difficult to roll.

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Much better. Obviously more scraping, caulking and possibly priming tomorrow although that depends on the weather. If anything, I still need to work on that patched area in the garage so I can always do that if I get rained out. Posted Image

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 30 September 2020 - 09:03 AM

A steady hand at the helm, Zombie be. Always ready to rescue ye to again a new home see! Posted Image

As a certain fast food marketing line goes - I'm lovin' it!

Oh yeah, it's a sight for sore eyes to finally see the West side turning a leaf from coarse to smooth.

The only thing I'd say is perhaps it would be best if you saw to the red part of the equation at the top first, so you don't have to put a ladder against the newly painted wall and potentially leave any marks. Then again maybe I'm just fussing about it. Posted Image

#375 Zombie

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 02:24 AM

View PostThorondor, on 30 September 2020 - 09:03 AM, said:

The only thing I'd say is perhaps it would be best if you saw to the red part of the equation at the top first, so you don't have to put a ladder against the newly painted wall and potentially leave any marks. Then again maybe I'm just fussing about it. Posted Image

The ladder shouldn't leave any marks as the only part that contacts the wood is the plastic top. Doesn't really matter even if it did because I'm going to be going over everything with another coat (this time rolled on). However, I'm planning on doing the red trim next because that is going to definitely require two coats (maybe even 3 depending on coverage) and I want to get that done before I tackle the wall due to paint drips and such.

I went to the house today for a little more "fun". There was a chance of rain again so I decided to just scrape. Got most of the West side done, but then it started to rain. Not heavily, just enough to make the grass (and myself) wet. In the meantime, I switched gears and messed around in the garage - scraped the piece of drywall at the bottom of the one wall, had to pound in some nails to keep the paper backing in place and then I swept up the mess, scraped the concrete floor by the wall and taped it up. So that should be nearly ready to go except for the patching. After I did that the sun came out so I checked the grass - still wet. Ended up scrubbing the two shutters from the West side in the sink to get them clean. Finally when I finished with that the grass was partially dry so back out I went. Got it done too.

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Phew! Glad that's done. Next up is to sand the bare spots and prime them. Then Caulkpocalypse 2020™ Pt 2. Took a closer pic of the unfinished boards and capstone so you can see what I'm up against.

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So I scraped every last piece of caulk out from between the boards and capstone as someone had used silicone caulk for that in the past. Don't ask me why, but it had to go as I want the new layer of caulk to adhere to both surfaces properly. Here's what a semi-finished interface looks like when done correctly:

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Pretty, and it'll look even nicer with another coat on. Here's the area next to the chimney on the West side:

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I had the gutter guys replace the board behind the gutter as it was completely rotten. There's already one coat of red on that, but it looks like the board underneath is peeling badly so I'll need to do a little more scraping there. Par for the course. Took a peek on the North side and there's an area that needs some TLC so I may have to work on that too. It just never ends. Posted Image

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Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
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#376 Space Voyager

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Posted 01 October 2020 - 07:06 AM

This house better sells HIGH. Unless the boss decides to move in as it looks so damn NEW afterwards.

#377 Zombie

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Posted 07 October 2020 - 01:33 AM

I really didn't have much time last week to do much painting at the house due to my brother visiting and it being cold (6-7 C) and rainy. That changed today however. The weather was really nice (shockingly compared to last week) so I was able to knock out some things. But because of the nice weather the asian lady beetles were out in full force - there must've been a few thousand on the brick chimney on the West side and they were aggressive as heck biting me nonstop. Frickinfruckindamn! Posted Image At least they sorta moved on in the late afternoon.

Started out by sanding and brushing off the dust from the spots I scraped last week. After that I decided to brush on some of that mistint red latex paint I am using for the boards in the greenhouse on the right part of the fascia. Not even close to being the right color, but at least it was red. Chucked some on the frame of the window as well. Then I jumped over to priming the spots I sanded and dusted.

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I wanted to get that fascia somewhat squared away so I painted the spots on the left side with some of that mistint red, then pulled out the proper trim color and started at the right. I figured that by the time I'd get the right side and the window frame painted then the left side would be dry. Worked out great.

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There are some areas on the fascia which look strange - I think this is because the paint was a little bit wet yet and some of the mistint red is peeking through. No big deal, it's still going to need another coat yet which should cover. Didn't do the peak with the red as I couldn't reach that off my 8 foot ladder safely. Going to borrow an extension ladder for this part. Posted Image

While I was painting the window I decided to do some more caulking. Used up the rest of one tube and another full tube by cauking around the window, some boards and the space between the boards and the capstone.

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Since I still had the red out I decided to put on the final coat on the fascia behind the gutter to the far left. Looks pretty good now!

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If you have good eyes you might be able to see some spots on the gutter and brick, those are the asian lady beetles I was talking about earlier. Have I mentioned they are annoying? Posted Image

I was looking for spots that need water putty and found another area on the North side which has caved in.

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So I'll need to chip that out somehow and repatch that with some water putty along with the spot under the window and possibly the chunk of frame to the upper right of the window (unless I can find a piece of brick molding frame wood to patch it with. Dunno where that would be so I have to do some searching at the store.

So overall, I at least got the fascia covered and the area between the capstone and boards caulked. Those were the two worry some areas. The priming was an added bonus. While I was at the store this morning I also found the gallon of greenish mistint I was using as a first coat for the concrete block walls. Last year I toned down the green quite a bit by adding some normal white to it and I figured I could use some of that as a first coat for the boards on the West side. At least, that's the thought - have no idea what the color looks like on the wall yet so I'll have to do a test spot. Posted Image

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Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
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A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

#378 Thorondor

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Posted 07 October 2020 - 08:53 AM

It's true, Zombie, so you can now say it - the ladies are all over you! :D

I mean, thinking about it, you went to them, so who's messing with whom? ;)

On the caulking side of things, it seems to me you have to stay on it as it looks fine along the connection to the capstone, but the space between the boards almost certainly requires your further attention.

Final coat on the fascia behind the gutter - approved - beetles or no beetles. :P

Now, there can be no "let it be" on that last North side area. It looks nasty and the way I see it the more you dig there the more you'll find. So don't prod overmuch, for the sake of budget conservation.

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Posted 08 October 2020 - 12:33 AM

View PostThorondor, on 07 October 2020 - 08:53 AM, said:

On the caulking side of things, it seems to me you have to stay on it as it looks fine along the connection to the capstone, but the space between the boards almost certainly requires your further attention.

Trust me, I'm all over it.

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Dumped about 2 tubes worth into the cracks and spaces between the boards. It was kinda slow going because I was trying to use up two partially used tubes and the caulk must've dried in the spout. I was able to get to the good stuff by driving in a 3" drywall screw into the spout and then pulling it out with a pliers (the threads in the screw scraped the inside of the spout getting rid of some of the dried stuff). Didn't want to open up another tube and having it dry on me overnight so I gave that a rest. At least I got most of the cracks done as far up as I could reach without the ladder. Posted Image

View PostThorondor, on 07 October 2020 - 08:53 AM, said:

Now, there can be no "let it be" on that last North side area. It looks nasty and the way I see it the more you dig there the more you'll find. So don't prod overmuch, for the sake of budget conservation.

Very true, but the only area that really needs attention is the spot along the North West side of the garage. The rest of the North side actually looks pretty good yet - all it needs is a brush to knock off the spider webs, dead insects, leaves and junk and it should be fine.

Had a little time at the end of the day to fill in some of the joints in the capstone with mortar. First is the West side under the window, second is the South East corner and the third is directly to the left of that on the South side.

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Looks a little rough, but I still need to go over the joints with a brick or piece of concrete to "sand" down the high spots when it cures completely. Posted Image

While going into the house from the door in the garage I noticed that the handle was loose. Got out the screwdriver and tightened everything up. And of course, when I'm looking at the door I notice all sorts of paint specks on it so I carefully scraped them off. The paint on the frame would be difficult to remove so I think the best bet would be to slap on another coat of paint - found a quart can of paint I used for the space between the windows and screens at the house which is sorta a tan color which might be good. Also found a pint can of varnish though I don't think there's enough to do the entire door. Anyhow, the door and frame were filthy so I scrubbed everything down and rinsed it off. Looks better now. Posted Image

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The line going up and down door by the handle is an area with missing varnish (maybe someone used some tape on there in the past). Going to check inside that pint can of varnish to see if it's still good yet, if it is I can touch up the mark with it. No rush on this but I can always do it at the end of the day if I run out of work. Posted Image

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Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!

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Posted 09 October 2020 - 01:00 AM

Today I picked up an extension ladder from home to work on the peak on the South side. Let me tell you, it's a heck of a lot easier doing work off the ladder than trying to balance on the small roof. I had a little more scraping left to do and then I addressed the big cracks by driving a screw in on either side to stabilize the wood. The two cracks in the boards running down from the peak were easy-peasy as I found a nailer in back of the boards. But the other cracks didn't have a nailer (as far as I could tell by digging around) so I ended up driving the screws into the metal flashing behind the boards. It's not ideal, but at least the boards are a little more stable. After all that I primed everything.

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Next up is to caulk this section, slap on some red trim paint and a first coat. At some point I'm going to paint the flashing too - there isn't much paint left on it anymore.

Since I had the primer out, I painted the bottom of the window frame inside the garage, and also the quarter round molding that goes in the frame.

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Latest word is that we aren't going to replace the window anymore so I need to put that back together the best I can.

Didn't want to start any more projects so I painted the frame of the door going into the house from the garage with that leftover tan paint.

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I don't know about the color, but at least the unsightly dried paint marks are covered over. If the door was painted the same color as the frame the color might start to grow on me. Don't think I have enough paint for that and I'd hate to cover over the nice wood with paint. ;)

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JellyfishGreen said:

Zombie: Empirical data's your only man, when formulating a research plan.
A soldier's death is never in vain if it makes the formula more plain.
A few dozen make a better case for refining that third decimal place.
They call me Zombie because I don't sleep, as I slowly struggle to climb this heap,
of corpses, data points, and trials, but from the top - I'll see for miles!




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