September 2006

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2 September 2006 — Window Painting

We worked on painting the new windows today.

4 September 2006 — Siding Down, Siding Up

We removed the siding and trim from the end of the garage and tacked up some house wrap and set the flashing for the horizontal seem that will have to go in the siding near the peak. We also managed to get at least the first peice of siding up. Maybe we installed more, but somehow we forgot to take any pictures of it.

The siding is Hardie Panel cement board siding with a stucco pattern. It looks much better than the old 1/8- or 3/16-inch hardboard (Masonite?) that was on there before. I nailed this up with stainless steel ring-shank nails. the only way it is coming of is if the nail heads pull through the siding.

6 September 2006 — Siding Up, One Coat of Paint

I was able to get the first coat of paint on the siding today.

6 September 2006 — Siding Painted

Looking better.

24 September 2006 — Rubble Moved

At one point I thought we would be able to get someone to come in and haul the pile of patio rubble away from the back yard, but it has been too wet for someone to drive a truck across the yard without doing major damage to the new grass (that area is still pretty soft since I churned it up pretty well with the new toy). So we decided to move it to the front yard and find someone who can pick it up from there.

24 September 2006 — Trim Board Painting

We have been painting the trim boards. These are Azek (PVC) trim boards. We initially wanted real wood, but then found that it would be really hard to find clear boards that were large enough, they would be just about as expensive as the Azek, and then of course we would have to worry about rot too.

30 September 2006 — Installing Trim Boards, Day One

This was a bit of a trial by fire. I wasn't sure exactly how we would get these boards in place (they are about 17 feet long and floppy). It wasn't the most fun and there were a few tense moments. The board nailed up vertically is there to prop up the next trim board on the other side so I don't have to hold it in place while I screw it down. We are using stainless steel trim screws to fasten it to the framing.

At first I wasn't too excited about installing plastic trim boards, but in the end I think it is a reasonable choice.

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