Showing posts from May, 2015

The Little Corner Accent Fence

Way back when, oh say maybe about 1999, I got in my mind to make a little accent fence for a corner of the front yard here at 173.  I had just finished putting a new fence around the back yard and had leftover material and, being the kind of guy I am, it drove me nuts that my yard just ran into the neighbors yard.  Mind you - I'm not agorophobic, antisocial or asocial, but I am a dues-paying, card-carrying member of the Good Fences Make Better Neighbors club. Really, we have great neighbors here at 173, but there's just enough OCD in me that it always bugged me that nobody was clear on what was mine, and what was theirs.  ( - what happened in my childhood???)  Anyway, leftover materials...OCD...time on my hands...I decided to build that fence (just so they'd know!).  The posts were pressure-treated 4x4s, the stretchers (I don't even know if that's what they're called - you know - the horizontal boards between fence posts), and the pickets were jus…

The Side Door: Part 2

A second post on the side door seems like a bit of overkill, but then again - in our society of 24 hour news cycles, and endless coverage of Bruce Jenner, I guess a second post really isn't that bad.  Truth is - there'll probably end up being a third post at some point!  The first post was really all about replacing and painting the door.  This post is just a quick one for a more cosmetic achievement (isn't it funny how even the smallest of completed projects become "achievements" here in blog-land?).  When last we met, the view from outside the side door (I keep repeating side door because I've written several posts on other doors in the house - must be achievements!).  I digress, when last we met, the outside looked like this:

Yeah, you can see a little of the yellow there,but other than that it's just white-on-white...oh yay.  A couple years ago I began a project to really change the look of 173.  After putting up shutters, it occurred to me that some…

The Side Door

Work continues inside on a somewhat large project, and as usual, there are a couple projects in some form of completion (or incompletion if you're of the glass-half-empty bent).  This post is about one of those projects that was partially complete for awhile, but in my defense - it's only been a couple months.  The side door to 173 was ooooold.  I'm thinking it may even have been original to the house.  And as you know, if you've been reading this blog at all, we try to keep things as original as possible around here.  In this case, that door had taken a beatin' for decades and it was simply time.  The door frame had some rot, there wasn't much left to the threshold, the screen door didn't close completely and blew open with the wind (until I had the brilliant idea of putting a hook and eye lock on it), and the door itself had a large crack in it. All-in-all, there really wasn't much to keep the outside out, which was always more than a reality in the …