Tuesday, September 27, 2016

So much work

It's a race.

Any day now, the weather is going to change. It could easily get bad enough that work would have to stop. Putting up siding in 40 degree, rainy weather just doesn't sound appealing. 

I suppose I would keep it up if I had to, but it would make painting very hard.

So work has been progressing at a furious pace. Furious for a husband and wife team. An actual, professional work crew could have knocked this out in a day, but I wanted to do it myself.

Where were we? 

Oh yeah, a barely clothed ninja house.

Not too shabby, too much junk in the yard though.
We have progressed.

Unfortunately, I haven't been stopping much for pictures. 

Shall we?

Holy Crap! That almost looks like a real house!
That was after day one. Not a bad day of work. 

I was still getting the hang of how to do all this siding stuff. Rounding the corner, to the side most people will see up close, I started to understand how it all should be.

Aside from the flashing tape, and house wrap, is aluminum z-flashing.
Gotta keep the rain out. I made the band of siding all the way around to the front of the house, sorry no picture.

But, I couldn't put siding over the two windows we still don't have.  So, I stopped.

Luckily, there was another area that needed attention. There always is.

The gables.  The peaked areas on either of the short sides of the house, needed another course of siding on top of the first band.  That meant more furring strips, more flashing, the works.

The prep work took most of the time.  Get the strips up and the flashing ready.

The metal strip prevents water from getting in behind the siding at the horizontal seam.
It has been a few long days in a row.

The inside of the house is still a shambles.

Dinner with sawdust.
The back end of the house may need all the siding pulled off and redone. I made some early mistakes I only caught as I learned. Maybe.

But, as I figured it out, I think I started doing some quality work.

Heck, I might even be a reasonable apprentice to someone if I keep this up.

Doesn't look half bad, if I do say so myself.