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It is not encouraging …

… that whenever I ask The Wandering Monk, handyman extraordinaire, how to handle a house problem, his answer involves matches. And sometimes accelerants.

Nevertheless — progress. I can now state that the foundation of the house is as stable, level, and rot-free as it’s ever going to get. Additions to the understructure have been done with ground-contact treated materials. Dubious portions of the periphery that couldn’t be fully corrected with new wood have been bug sprayed and preservative treated to the max. Whew.

There’s still more to do on the current phase of The Great Foundation and Screen Porch Project. Next up: floor repair and swapping out a tiny frosted window for the bigger one previously pulled out of the bedroom. Then putting back the siding on the east wall. That’s ongoing this week.

Then after a break comes framing the screen porch (whoohoo!) and siding currently exposed west and north walls. Pix will come along as I get them.

Gonna be a busy summer. Thank you all who helped make it possible, especially S and D.

The Monk to the contrary, matches will not be required.


  1. jed
    jed July 13, 2017 8:19 am

    I’m really liking this monk character. 🙂 Yes, invocation of pyrotechnic remediation is pretty common among those who work on house restoration projects.

    Good to see yet more progress, and completion of an important stage.

  2. laird
    laird July 13, 2017 9:22 am

    “Pyrotechnic remediation”. Such a nice phrase! 🙂

  3. Joel
    Joel July 13, 2017 10:34 am

    Pays good, too. Every handyman should add “We also commit arson” to his business cards. It would get them on the wavelength of so many more homeowners – present company excepted, of course…

  4. larryarnold
    larryarnold July 14, 2017 7:47 am

    Technically, of course, in Texas burning a house down (or blowing it up) isn’t arson if:
    1. You own the structure and
    2. You don’t file an insurance claim, defraud a lienholder, etc. and
    3. You don’t live in the city limits. (That requires a permit.)

    You can also burn or blow up someone else’s building if you meet 2 and 3, and have their permission.*

    * It happens. One of our local fire departments recently got to do some realistic training in a building scheduled for demolition.

  5. ExpatNJ
    ExpatNJ July 14, 2017 10:13 am

    4a. Or their neighbors (or an attempt at ‘Urban Renewal’ ?):

    “MOVE is a Philadelphia-based black liberation group; members frequently engage in public demonstrations against racism, police brutality, and other issues. Group particularly known for conflicts with Philly Police Dept. In 1985, a standoff ended with a Philly Police Dept helicopter dropping a bomb on their row house in middle of Osage Ave, causing a fire that killed 11 MOVE members, including 5 children [see also “Waco Siege”: Fire was allowed to grow out of control and went on to destroy 65 houses in neighborhood.” [abridged].
    – ‘MOVE’:

    The event is extremely poignant for me: I lived in the area at the time, and was able to view all the news coverage.

    Thanks for letting me vent. I appreciate the use of the space.

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