Anyone who has ever owned a home knows there are few task more daunting than painting the exterior of a big old house. At the onset the project seems so simple, choose appropriate paint colors, purchase the paint, power wash the structure, than spread the paint. If the project was only that simple!
Although our house is not the city’s oldest, it’s birth dates back to the late 1800’s. It therefore comes as no surprise that before the painting can begin several sections of siding will need repair or replacement. Over the past one hundred years of its life, the house has also developed more than a few cracks cracks. If previously caulked, all cracks must be inspected and recaulked as necessary.
When I began the project on July 1st, I estimated that the job would be completed in less than four weeks. Even though the two sides to be painted were the highest, what could possible keep me from accomplishing my goal? Apparently the weather failed to understand my plan as much of July and August we were shrouded in constant fog and drizzle both of which make painting a challenge.
Painting a tall house requires several ladders of various lengths. If you ever need a ladder, give me a call because I have four and they range in length between eight and thirty-two feet. My assistance is however not included in this offer!
This is the view of Astoria I enjoyed while painting the peak of our house.
A view of the nearly completed job taken between rain showers the last week of August.
At times it seems as if the work of a home owner never ends!