May 6th, 2010

The Boy has been prepping our fascia for the big exterior painting of 2010 by sanding off chunks of flaking paint, patching holes and priming the wood. The fascia is in pretty decent shape but our flashing is in AWFUL shape. So AWFUL. Just AWFULLLL.

Its torn, bent and cut-up from someone removing the rain gutters that we assume used to be on the house. Why do we assume this? Well, there were all these ghostly outlines of downspouts where lazy painters slapped paint all over the brick. Once the downspouts were were removed the outline remained.

The solution is to try and nail it down and bend it as clean as we can in order to paint everything white for now. When we redo the roof the flashing will get replaced, but that’s a project for “The Future”.

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  1. Lindsey on 05/06/2010:

    Where did you get your black plastic patio chairs? I have been looking for something similar for a while… how do you like yours? Thanks!!

  2. amy t on 05/06/2010:

    oh lordy, the prep! so much prep before painting. I was wondering, if they removed the gutters and downspouts, is there any issue with watershed, or leaks?

  3. Martin on 05/06/2010:

    Hey was wondering if you’ve seen the Crestview Doors website…

    DIY kits for MCM front doorlites..

  4. THE BRICK HOUSE on 05/06/2010:

    The chairs are from an old Ikea PS line – I like them a lot.

    We haven’t had any issues with watershed or leaks, it’s pretty dry out here and when it rains we have really large eaves so it all flows out and off the house and drains nicely

  5. Kimberley on 05/06/2010:

    I too am in the process of painting my house–also a brick/cinder block home with wooden eaves, wooden faschia, and a wooden addition. I have had a lot of repair and prep to get ready for paint, and my favorite tool is an angle grinder with a sanding attachment; the paint is stripped in no time! Have the boy try it if he needs a serious paint removal option for old flaking/sticking paint….

  6. dorrie on 05/08/2010:

    You probably already know this, but Amsterdam Modern is having a parking lot sale this weekend, 11-4.

  7. dorrie on 05/08/2010:

    Um, by “this weekend” I meant Saturday.

  8. Jez Stratton on 05/13/2010:

    I do shadesails for a living and would recommend against the plan you have in your sketchup model. Shadesails must be very highly tensioned in order to last more than a few years. Horizontally deployed sails collect water and develop a belly which leads to mechanical wear when the wind blows (saggy sails flap). Also your model doesn’t have the catenary curves that are an essential part of the design in order to get tension into the middle of the sail. Designs that include a vertical range are generally more aesthetically pleasing.

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