Sunday, July 29, 2007

Installment 12 – progress report on Ted’s house – Doing battle with a gable - update on 1746 Ekin Ave

The gable on the south side of the house is finally getting some attention. It started last weekend, when my carpenter replaced clapboards that were unsalvageable.

My job? Make it look pretty.

It takes time. Removing failing paint. Repairing damage. Sanding. That’s how I spent a large part of this weekend. We’re almost ready for priming.

If you’d read my previous update on the house, I had said I’d be working on windows next. In case you haven’t noticed I tend to get sidetracked easily. So the windows will wait. They’re not going anywhere.

Update on 1746 Ekin Ave:
I just had to share an updated photograph of 1746 Ekin Avenue. The exterior looks great. Click here for the rest of the story originally posted in June.

Here was the starting point:

Monday, July 23, 2007

Historic Marker Dedication – Ritter Birthplace

A perfect day was ordered up for the historic marker dedication at the Cardinal Joseph E. Ritter Birthplace. Over a hundred guests were in attendance.

In case you missed it make sure to peruse the gallery of photographs at Ted's photo website.

The Marker

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Pictures just for the heck of it in downtown New Albany

Here are few photographs taken on a recent stroll around downtown New Albany.


Why not?

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Installment 11: Flat roof and box gutters “dried in”. And this time they’re dry.

It was the Sunday before last when the tear off of the flat over the front porch took place. It was probably 15 to 20 years old. Flat roof’s can be problematic, especially when maintenance is deferred. I had two trouble spots that had leaked at various times over the last four years.

There are no leaks now. In fact, you could say it’s “dried in”.

The last box gutter got lined this weekend. As far as the roof and gutters are concerned – Ted is happy.

The dumpster has departed. It will be missed. I’ve rather enjoyed having it around for the last couple weeks. It comes in handy for purging unwanted items. I’ve purged quite a bit.

Some window work is next on the task list. It’ll be a miracle if I don’t break one.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Installment 10: Pandora's Box Gutters - progress report on Ted's house

No tack on aluminum gutters for me anymore. The project for the last the couple weeks has been to restore the original box gutters (aka “built in” gutters). This has involved:
*Tearing out the section of roofing that had been covering them
*Removing the old metal that had lined the gutters
*Replacing rotted wood
*Relining the gutters
This task is the last of what I consider “major” work that needs to be done. Once the roof and guttering are done, the remaining work is purely cosmetic – scrapping, repairing, sanding, priming and painting clapboards. There’ll also be window reconditioning to do. And then there’s the pending new driveway and grading around the home to remedy water issues in the basement. And of course there’s the new landscaping that will be done and a courtyard/deck area in the back of the house. Oh, and I can’t forget about the ceiling repairs that need to be done after the recent water damage.

I just need another decade or two and it’ll be perfect!