Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Dormer Maintenance

I did some extensive work on the dormers last year, at least extensive for a real-man in training like myself. I replaced several clapboards, more than I had intended, but being the novice that I am, I ended up destroying more than I wanted to initially replace. Either way, the wood trim was rotting, so I replaced several of the boards, and then painted the trim white.

One of the issues we run into with the layout of our house is that the front faces north, which means that it gets little to no sunshine. The upside is that the back of the house, where there are two bedrooms, gets tons of sun, and is thus the warmest part of the house. Since the front is in the shade most of the year, it gets mossy and moldy. The moss was a huge problem with the roof shingles, and getting the metal roof solved that. I did notice, however, that the trim on the dormers looked like it was getting a little moldy. Have to check with my Mentor about that one.

Either way, it didn’t look good, so I decided to paint it. In retrospect, it would have been better to have done it over summer, when it was hot, but man do I suffer in the heat. The weather right now is perfect for working outdoors, so I’ve set up the ladder and am in the process of touching up the trim. N said to me that while I was up there, I should paint the clapboards, as well, so I did it. Note the absence of white primer on the clapboards, replaced by a uniform shade of plum.

Nothing like taking care of business, when there’s business to be done. Until the next time, thanks for reading.

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