Exterior House Work, House and Acreage Restoration

When it Rains, It Pours

You can sort of see our red house from the end of the gravel road!
You can sort of see our red house from the end of the gravel road! (Now that the corn has been harvested)

In between the icy ground the death-like wind chills, we’ve had a couple of days (three to be exact) above freezing. Which sounds like great luck for putting siding on the house.

Until you remember what our, ahem, “landscaping” looks like.

Tyler is putting siding up all around the bottom of the house. The half he doesn’t need scaffolding for (because we want to try not to use scaffolding when it’s covered in ice). The part near the addition where the big hole was dug?

It’s MUD! And CLAY! And a huge ugly pit of awful.

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Remember slip and slides? (Do those still exist?) Our yard was like a giant, mud slip and slide. Even the 2x4s and pieces of plywood were sinking into the mud/clay mixture.

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On a side note, this blog post title is a double entendre. Because our luck has not been so lucky (I think this payback for the good summer weather and ease in deconstruction we had this past spring). The fella had a rough Thanksgiving. His miter saw caught a piece of the ruler thingy and threw shrapnel into his face. (He was wearing safety glasses-so no worries-he was okay). Then something on his car broke and he couldn’t start it and there was an incident that involved the breaking of his tailgate.

It was a rough couple of days. But after some chatting, he was right back to being the cheerful and goofy man I met ten years ago. I don’t know how he does it. The man is a model of hard work and determination.

I mean, really, who else sides their house in -18 degree wind-chill?

Here is how the siding process works (as I understand it-keep in mind I may not understand it correctly).

Measure your initial layout of siding and snap a purple chalk line.
Measure your initial layout of siding and snap a purple chalk line.
Place your inside corner piece, painted red by yours truly.
Place your inside corner piece, painted red by yours truly.
Cut boards to desired length and (due to subfreezing temperatures) use a dry and cure oil primer to seal the ends in 1 hour.
Cut boards to desired length and (due to subfreezing temperatures) use a dry and cure oil primer to seal the ends in 1 hour.
Tools for subzero priming.
Tools for subzero priming.
Use the clip thingys to keep the siding even. (First you do the first piece, but I was holding the other end so there is no picture).
Use the clip thingys to keep the siding even. (First you do the first piece, but I was holding the other end so there is no picture).
Keep it level! Especially when your house is 114 years old and NOT level in any sense of the word.
Keep it level! Especially when your house is 114 years old and NOT level in any sense of the word.

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(Shout out to Mr. P’s students at Kirkwood-thanks for following along!)

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