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Archive for September, 2009

Sanding the porch floor

Rented an orbital floor sander yesterday and spend all day sanding the porch floor. Got most of the old paint residue of. The wood is so pretty and looks to be in pretty good shape. But see for yourself:P1030035

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Exterior colors

What we are thinking right now

What we are thinking right now

We are debating over the colors of our house these days. This house has been white its entire life. The roof has had difference colors: green and red we know for sure. We know that we want to get a red roof because red roofs are common where I come from and we are the only red roof on the block right now. We have picked out “Tile Red” from Classic Metal Roofing in Standing Seam. The colors for the house we like right now are BM Affinity: Azores for siding, Wenge for Trim (top) and Rustico for Sash.

We like this color combination but our only concern is if the red sashes will be too much with a red roof? We are tying to match the reds here but are running into a big problem with the new windows upstairs where, if we want a red sash, we can only get the Wineberry Red from Marvin.

Anyone have any opinions? I would like to hear them.

Thanks.

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I’m a stripper

I strip paint, off our porch floor to be exact. Lead paint. Yuk. Anyone who has an old house has lead paint, unless someone really diligent went through the work and expense to get rid of it. This is my first attempt because I figured I don’t want to track it in the house every time I come home. I am using a steamer, sold as a wall paper steamer and whatever doesn’t come up with that, I can easily remove using the low heat of the heat gun. It’s a bit tedious but I think it is worth it. Any encapsulating of lead paint would only wear out over time. So I take it all off. When I am done stripping, I will start sanding with the belt sander hooked up to the vac with HEPA filter. If the floor is in good shape, the plan is to use a deck stain. We’ll have to wait and see though. Has anyone brought their porch floor back to stain? Or if you have any other ideas or advice, I am all open ear.

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Porch update

It’s been two weeks since we started work on the porch. As with other things in life, just when you start getting really busy with house stuff, your job also gets really busy. Despite that we have made some progress.

The middle post foundation is poured and the 4x4 post installed to which the front rim joists that run to the 6x6 corner posts are attached.

The middle post foundation is poured and the 4x4 post installed to which the front rim joists that run to the 6x6 corner posts are attached.

New ledger plate is installed into the concrete foundation. New 2x6 joists run from the front rim joist back to the ledger criss-crossing the existing joists. The floor feels really solid now.

New ledger board is installed into the concrete foundation. New 2x6 joists run from the front rim joist back to the ledger criss-crossing the existing joists. The floor feels really solid now.

Old front wall tipped over. It's hard to get this stuff broken up and out of the way.

Old front wall tipped over. It's hard to get this stuff broken up and out of the way.

I started stripping the front edge of floor paint and plan to prime the end grain before we rebuild the front wall. We won’t tackle the side walls until we do the insulation and side on the front of the house. Right now we still need to remove the remaining concrete and get a dumpster to dispose of it.

Note on the roof project. It looks like we found a contractor we can work with that gave us a reasonable quote. We are having the drawings finished up next week and should be ready to sign a contract the week after. The company can probably start the first half of October, which would hopefully be just enough time to get the roof on before winter hits Novemberish/Decemberish.

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