July 2008

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10 July 2008 — Backyard Grass

The grass I planted about two weeks ago in the backyard is starting to fill in. I'm expecting that it will eventually blend in with the rest of the yard.

12 July 2008 — Rafter Repair

Today I squirted some glue in the crack in the header at the top of the cricket in the roof, jacked it up, and screwed it together. Then I also glued and screwed a pair of short boards over the cracked spot. It's far from perfect, but I think it's about the best I could do without major surgery.

Here's a shot of an old wasp(?) nest we found above one of the windows in the attic room. I'm glad it was no longer active when we pulled the paneling out.

13 July 2008 — More Rafter Repair

By Sunday evening, we had patched most of the worst spots on the rafters. Mostly, I just wanted to span the cracks and bad knots with a second board.

19 July 2008 — Attic Room Ceiling Framed

Now we can insulate at least part of the room. That should help the comfort level in this room given the warm temps we've had lately.

22 July 2008 — Attic Room Insulation

I started installing the insulation in the attic room roof.

26 July 2008 — Scaffolding

I built some supports for the platform that we will put on the side porch roof so we can start working on the siding and trim on the end of the house way up high. Not pictured here are two frames for part of the platform.

27 July 2008 — More Platform Work

We got a bit of a late start today, but managed to get some of the supports up on the roof. This part of the platform is 4 feet wide and 16 feet long. Next we will have to build a tower to the right of the porch so we can extend the platform about another 12 feet out to the other edge of the house. Then to reach the peak of the roof, we will need another platform on top of this one, about 7 or 8 feet high.

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