Better Is Good, Much Better Is Fabu

Better Is Good, Much Better Is Fabu

This is a three-day report. It is the end of Day Four with the manlift.

Here are some progress shots:

Top of the stairway BEFORE:
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AFTER:
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Outside view of the same section:

BEFORE:
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(Note, that window is simply a storm window, not a full thermal sash.)

DURING:
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AFTER:
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(A new Andersen replacement window I got for a great price at the Home Depot.)

The upper eave on the northeast side, BEFORE/DURING:
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(Note extraneous overhang on the right. The overhang on the left has already been cut away.)

AFTER:
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Note chimney BEFORE:
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Chimney gone, hole in roof — DURING:
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Extraneous section of eave overhang removed, roof patched – DURING:
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Roofing patched AFTER:
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And the work continues around to the southeast side over the porch.

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The big double window that we’ve been thinking of as “Marsh’s office window” has to be replaced — it is in such bad shape. Not to mention that it is missing its top frame entirely, apparently a “feature” of its installation. We’ll pick something up at Home Depot tomorrow. We’ll also continue investigating cost-effective window solutions for the porch itself, though that is out of scope for Jason’s work (unless we ask him to help).

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While the guys are crawling all over the house, I’m not just standing around taking pictures, oh no! I fetch things, measure things, perform demolition, deliver messages, watch the progress, answer questions when there is a controversy about how to approach a certain problem, and today I washed vinyl from the squirrel-infested perforated soffits (my hands still smell of bleach, which is better than the alternative), and assisted Reid with the sheet-metal brake. I also provide my credit card and checkbook for materials.

So I’m not really getting anything done of my own house tasks (bathroom, etc.), nor any creative (or money-making) work; and I come to the end of the day nevertheless exhausted. I hope my light-weight “homeowner” assistance actually speeds their progress in some measurable way, but I’m never sure. On the other hand, I’ve learned a vast amount about wood-frame construction and specific building techniques and tool use, all of which will stand me in good stead for the remaining DIY portion of the project.

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