On December 1, 2008, among national economic uncertainty and no shortage of personal, internal turmoil, we closed the sale on a lonely, vacant, 1903 Queen Anne Victorian house. Our intent is to renovate this grand neglected lady into our dream home. With some skills, a truckload of tools, a “sort of” plan, a bunch of confidence, and a limited budget another of our life adventures begins. Follow along. It’s bound to be interesting…
A new adventure by the author of the award-winning Life Is a Road book series.
More railing work…got the siding repaired and flashed.
Installing the last rail section:
We like the look. Now, just need to do something about that sea of Crapsman mowers…
On the “Why things cost more front”…this is about $100 worth of deck screws…in the 5 sizes needed to do this project. This is the third refill of those containers.
Just trim bits left…I wanted to seal the top rail…don’t want bugs/wasps and such making a home there…so I got to cut about a billion little blocks (the stairway ones at 35 degree angles) to precise sizes to install in the gaps…
I’ve never been so glad I have a saw with a fricken laser on its head!
Got a few more trim pieces and details to do…but we are mostly complete.
No rest now though…I’ve got to do this same project across the entire front of the house…or I lose my insurance. Some adjuster has his panties in a wad and is REQUIRING me to replace the historic rails with something they deem “safe”.
There is an additional twist to that part of the project…first…I have to repair or replace several columns and some of the decking while I’m at it…AND several sections of the front railings will need to be curved! Should be fun!
Thanks for reading!
Daniel and Carey Meyer