Showing posts from April, 2016

I Tried to Resist Immediate Gratification

One of the hallmarks of maturity is the ability to delay gratification.  If that's the case, I'm at the emotional level of ...oh geeze, what age does that really happen?  I know it's not grade school age, and there's no way it's the teen years!  Well, whatever that age is - I haven't reached it (at least in this case).

Over the past 20 years 173 has seen plenty of changes.  Some minor, some major, most somewhere in between.  This is a major one - on par with the great re-siding of the porch.  But this one is bigger - more dramatic...more exciting and long awaited!  Sufficient buildup of anticipation?  Well..a couple years ago 173 looked like this:

Of course at the time that pic was taken, I had already done some work on the porch, the door and the railings, all of which awakened in us the need to get going on the outside.  After some time, 173 came to look like this:

Looking so much better!  The flagstone color on the porch (actually both porches) really brigh…

Spring '16 - Gettin' Started

Spring has finally arrived in upstate New York!  Not that it's been a particularly long winter, I think I heard this was the mildest winter on record.  Either way - we've had a beautiful couple days so I thought I'd get outside and get some things going.

First up - an old punch-list item.  A little over two years ago, I was working on the punch list after siding the front porch.  Well, I never quite finished that list - here's the evidence:

Once again I forgot to get a "before" pic until after I had gotten started.  What you can't see is at the bottom of the end-cap there was a huge hole.  Time and moisture had punked the wood a bit, and the neighborhood feral cats had dug through to make a home under the porch.  So I had to clean all that up, and used PVC boards to cover the end-cap.

Another punch-list item was the boards at the bottom of the porch.  I had put pressure-treated boards in place and primed them, but never got around to painting them.  Here&…