Lessons Learned

Well we have commenced the final side! Yeah – double yeah. Maybe even triple yeah. If feels good to be getting rid of that bloody ugly vinyl siding and all of the dirt. 100 years of dirt. This side seems dirtier than the other sides – perhaps in the dirty 30’s the wind blew more from the west? I believe keeping this side dusted will be easier once it doesn’t come thru those window slits that Ron is going to insulate.
We have learned several lessons – some obvious and some not so obvious ones. Very few of the lessons have pictures and I know that those of you who regularly read the blog like pictures so I will show a few odds and sods at the end.
a) Despite your best efforts the over filled wheelbarrow will indeed dump some of its contents where you don’t want them despite having put up extension boards on it.
b) Overfilling the vacuum cleaner makes it harder to clean but it happens 75% of the time – need to invent a see thru container so you can tell where the level it.
c) Cleaning up as you go makes sense – as in one type of material out of the pile at the bottom before you start the next stage of demo or rebuilding. Now Spencer (if he ever read the blog which he doesn’t) would disagree – says cleaning up is a waste of time and why do it more than once. To which I would add that the only points he lost in his provincial trades completion was in cleanliness and I’ve seen his kitchen and his truck. Yes – cleaning up as you go is annoying and time consuming but less so than trying to pick the various building materials out and put them in respective piles when they are in a heap.
d) On all sections of the scaffolding always build the ladder to the outside as it saves loads of time always knowing where you are and being able to walk thru easily.
e) Every day someone will hit their head on the scaffolding. And its not always Ron – sometimes it is even short me.
f) Once a session something will drop off of the scaffolding. The chances of something dropping increases if you have just climbed down to get something else and climbed back up – it makes a great cardio workout but rather annoying use of time. In the most common order:
* pry bar
** hammer
*** screws or nails or the chuck for the drill
**** cell phone or iphone
*****bag of insulation
******one of a kind tool that you just hauled up
*******vacuum cleaner or the vacuum cleaner hose
********coffee or water bottle
g) Good weather should be appreciated. Everyday. A few brief moments may be spent in reflection of the landscape at least once or twice a day without feeling like that is slacking. It’s called appreciation for a great view. The wind we don’t appreciate as much but it is a bit of a given so just accept it.
h) And although it pains me to say this Ron was right (but because he also never reads the blog he won’t ever find out) that doing the tough side first was best. So far this side seems so easy compared to the big complex side.
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This is the end of the second day of the season. We had to stop early as we had evening commitments but it was so cool to drive up late at night and not see the white staring quite so strongly at us.
This is the end of the third day which was a Bernie day as Ron was at work but that seems rather fitting as I hated that vinyl with a passion. I was tired at the end of the day but pretty darn happy to have 90% of it gone.
We knew that there was cedar shingle siding underneath but we were not aware that it had this double board pattern and by the time we knew it was too late. We did not have the amount of shingles it would take to redo this pattern but it really is quite nice although a titch dirty as you can see. Also note the green trees around the corner of the house – spring has finally arrived.
This is the end of day 3 and we have the attic space de-insulated and reinsulated and ready for Typar. The siding is all down and the trim boards are scrapped and ready to be sanded and filled prior to painting.
Final picture of the work aspect is the wood pile at its ultimate height as from here on out we just burn and don’t build it up any more. It’s kind of nice that I also captured the sunset and the completed side of the house in the photo. We have had 3 absolutely beautiful evenings and have enjoyed sitting by the fire chilling out and being serenaded by the frogs.
And because I always try to close with an interesting view here is an evening picture of the crocuses. All of the day time ones looked so blah because of the heavy amount of brown grasses but this picture of the late crocuses (which just over 10 days ago were still snow covered)also has green grass so looks fresher and more springy.
This is definitely NOT my most artistic photo but seems the most fitting. I know that everyone likes to see, via here, the crocuses. It was lovely that my mom was up to visit when they were in full bloom as well Greg, Janice and Joyce were also able to come out from the city to see them. They are a harbinger of spring and it feels so good to see the colour after a long winter. Spring took forever to get here but really it turned straight into summer and I’m good with that. Now just to find some time to plant some shrubs and a garden.
OK – more later as there is work to do!

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7 Responses to Lessons Learned

  1. Peggi says:

    I’m so excited that you are finally on the last side – your house will look fabulous – great work. Loved the crocuses – they are so you! Now get some sleep silly girl.


  2. Patti says:

    House is looking just great. Nice woodpile too! ;). And aren’t you amazed at how tall the crocuses were this year?


  3. Victoria Neufeldt says:

    I enjoy all your postings, but especially enjoyed this last one — love your “lessons learned”! Also loved the crocuses and the pic of the old cedar siding, with its double-board pattern. I’ve never seen anything like that. It’s beautiful. So too bad that it couldn’t be preserved. Hey, maybe you could create a little window showing the siding underneath, for a historical note, as in the Marr Residence, for example. Now aren’t you glad I suggested that? Of course you are! Now onward and upward.


  4. Karin Closson says:

    Love the sunset picture! Looks like you are on the home stretch! Your energy never ceases to amaze ! Thanks for the fire and the northern lights. Didn’t see them at the lake on Sat, even though I got the alert. Talk to you soon,


  5. flora says:

    Thanks for update– I love the wedding ring quilt pic in the snow!!! And the crocuses — didn’t see any real ones this year!!


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