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The unregarded east side

I finished up the north gable end yesterday and we swung around to begin work on the east wall. That’s The Wandering Monk above, with his magical Honda pressure washer. They cleaned decades of grime off the siding and incidentally revealed bad seals at the top of two windows. Really bad seals, in one case.

One window merely dribbled harmlessly under the force of the washer. The other admitted what seemed half the aquatic blast into my living room, drenching a desk, paperwork, and electronics. That was … interesting. OTOH, this is a good moment to learn about things that need fixing, so I’m glad it happened. FWIW, neither of those windows was leaking under normal weather conditions.

I’m not particularly glad to be working on this portion of the project. The east wall is doomed to unloveliness. Every other side of the house looks interesting and has something of interest to look upon. The prospect in every direction says “country” or “park.”

The east wall, though, faces onto a narrow strip, a fence, and the too-near side of a neighbor’s house. It inevitably shows every bit of clumsy planning and poor execution Jim Beam and Jack Daniel ever perpetrated. We can work on it all week (and will, because it presents dozens of thorny technical problems) and nothing gratifying will emerge.

I’m fairly sure the neighbor, who keeps a tidy house and yard, will be relieved no longer to gaze upon sights like this:*

But my little homeowner’s heart will not sing. I’ll be relieved to have this side skirted, sealed up, painted, and properly trimmed. But I won’t love it. I especially won’t love that this long, unlovely wall will eat up more than its share of the summer’s project budget.

But. By week’s end it should be done, or nearly so, and we can move on to more gratifying (and simpler) exterior finishing. Projects are on schedule and not too horrendously beyond budget. And that alone is always good news.


* Oddly enough, the window in that second photo with the hacked up siding and complete lack of trim is the only one on the east wall that didn’t leak. But then, that’s the one the Monk and I installed last year and that I caulked the dickens out of. It just didn’t get trimmed back then because … technical problems. Which the Monk will manage to solve now.


  1. Comrade X
    Comrade X July 24, 2018 1:20 pm

    “Projects are on schedule and not too horrendously beyond budget.” is the wish of every project manager (under budget is the dream)!

  2. Joel
    Joel July 25, 2018 6:07 am

    My god. There’s not one single angle from which that house, pre-Claire, did not suck. I’m constantly impressed anew at your courage and perseverance.

    So just seal the windows, put up some skirting and fix the trim, and slap on a coat of paint? Or are you planning something artistic?

  3. Stryder
    Stryder July 25, 2018 7:07 am

    Mural, mural, mural!

  4. Claire
    Claire July 25, 2018 7:07 am

    “So just seal the windows, put up some skirting and fix the trim, and slap on a coat of paint?”

    Just that, Joel. It’ll be as much as that side of the house deserves.

    Dunno about courage and perseverance. I do know I always get by with (more than) a little help from my friends.

  5. Jim Brook
    Jim Brook July 25, 2018 7:26 am

    This is off your current subject. A major court victory for self-defense has occurred in the ninth circuit. Young v Hawaii was just decided, wherein it was ruled that Hawaii cannot deny the right of a citizen to openly carry a firearm in public. See There is a case in California, also in the ninth circuit, that is impacted heavily by this. In Nichols v Brown, Charles Nichols has had a suit pending since 2011 challenging California’s ban on carrying a firearm openly, when carrying concealed is also forbidden. The court in that case has held off on deciding the case pending the outcome of Young v Hawaii. See They are procedurally bound to follow the precedent of the other case in their circuit, which would strike down the ban on open carry in California. If they choose to ignore procedure, then it would need to go to SCOTUS, which should uphold the right. It looks like California will be forced, kicking and screaming, to recognize the U.S. Constitution (it least in that limited respect).

  6. fred
    fred July 26, 2018 10:45 pm

    Thanks Jim,didnt know that.

    Claire,had to make a new acct,mine stopped?

  7. Claire
    Claire July 27, 2018 6:18 am

    “Mural, mural, mural!”

    Great minds. I’ve been thinking about that, too.

    Given how nicely it’s actually coming together, I probably won’t need a mural (it would be tough to do on T1-11 siding, anyhow). But that’s also where my mind runs.

  8. just waiting
    just waiting July 28, 2018 6:15 pm

    That wall is begging for a flowering vine mural.
    Doesn’t need to be real flower, invent your own.
    As your ambition grows, so does your vine.

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