Sunday, May 20, 2012
I imagine more than a few of you will be happy to see that I'm doing house project posts again, instead of relentless chicken and garden stuff! Just joking, I know ya'll enjoy those too. I, however, am VERY happy to be doing house project posts again. I'm ecstatic to have something to post in that area. I took just a bit of a break from the pottery, as I had a little inventory built up, and used the time to start anew on the house. Now to just keep up that momentum but still take 3-4 days a week to do pottery. As I have some money saved up I can devote a little more time to the house and not be having to scrap every minute to make money. Of course, not really having any bills helps too. And having Jack here. And having the garden in full swing for food production. Our grocery bills should be minimal for some time.
So, my first priority is to finish the outside. Every last bit! This shouldn't take too long actually. It's mostly just painting, which I actually enjoy. I know most people detest painting a house but I like it. I like how fresh everything looks. In fact, I have to resist the urge to paint stuff that really doesn't need going over again. I know; I'm whacked in the head. I have been alternating between finishing this south wall and the clerestory wall that you can see just a tad of. The upper part was really done but it needed a little touch up on the caulk and trim. I was very happy at how well the caulking etc. is holding up in that area because it receives the brunt of the weather and sun in the winter. I always use a siliconized latex caulk with at least a 35 year warranty. (I've actually seen some with a 50 year but it's harder to find). The siliconized caulk is flexible enough to move with the building without cracking, and the structure is going to expand and contract with the weather. I will say though that it works better if you apply at least a 1/4" bead to cracks, joints etc. Smaller, thinner beads do tend to split with excessive heat/ cold. The silicone paired with the latex base makes it paintable. 100% silicone will resist paint, so keep that in mind. You can get 100% silicone in a variety of colors though, although you may have to go to a specialty company. This has been one item that I have tried to be very conscientious of simply because passive solar houses are designed to be exposed to so much sun.
I've been painting off a ladder a lot so it's handy to use a hook like this to hang your paint can and it leaves your hands free to caulk or hold onto the ladder! I just had a thick piece of copper wire that I bent into an "S" shape.
I also love these little mini roller screens designed to fit a gallon can of paint. I hate using a pan and avoid it whenever I can and many times if you are painting the exterior of the house you don't really have a flat place to sit those pans. You can get these for 5 gallon buckets or these gallon sizes and they are much easier to use and faster to clean up than the pans and all that crap.
So, I'm going as quickly as I can on the outside because that means I can then start on the kitchen!! Actually, I can start doing a few prep things on the kitchen in the evenings after supper and I'll show ya'll a few of the things I'm working on there.