Saturday, August 22, 2009

What I did this weekend

The gutter was full of debris, and DH did NOT want to climb on the ladder. It was so full of crud that now we had dampness in the basement. OMGosh, what next! I promised DH that when I came home from work I would climb the ladder if he held it. But the rest of the morning I was praying REALLY HARD that some miracle would occur and I wouldn't have to climb.

My prayers were answered! That morning, DH called the Retired Senior Services and they found us a helper named John, who came immediately, and scampered up that ladder and cleaned out the gutter. He asked for $20.00. I would have happily paid him MUCH MORE if he had asked! We lined him up for the next job, painting the DECK!

I have never shown anyone our deck because for the past 2 years it looks so bad, we don't even sit outside any more. The fix required 1) power wash; 2) primer, 3) paint. (It really needs to be totally replaced, but ... remember the stock market thing!) And even when 'fixed' it's nothing to write home about!

The first power washer didn't touch the old paint, so we dragged it back to the hardware store, and ordered a heavier power washer which was more successful. Here's what part of the deck looks like after the power washing - lovely, huh?? -- flakes/chunks of paint everywhere, and we can't possibly get off all the loose paint due to that ridiculous deck/rail design, and years of old paint. And look how one has to paint that awful rail!!! I can barely squeeze a paintbrush in there! More scraping - Ugh! I did my part with the scraping, but John did most of the work.

OK, Elaine, buy 3 gallons of primer, 3 gallons of paint, various rollers and pans (I'm thinking how many yards of fabric would this be), and we're set to GO! John and I painted 3 hours Saturday afternoon and managed to prime about half the project. No painting Sunday (thank goodness as I will not be able to MOVE in the morning!). Yes, that's me, now needing to sit down and paint!, under my treasured Dad's paint hat and wearing dark after-cataract-surgery sunglasses I found somewhere. The primer is so bright it really CAN hurt eyes. (Lesson - Last time we did this job, I went to hospital thinking I had paint IN my eye, but no, just too much glare from the paint.)
John was a great worker and I'm definitely appreciating his assistance. After 3 hours, I was drained and couldn't work any longer. Monday, we'll start again.

16 comments:

Vicki W said...

No fun at all!

paula, the quilter said...

So that is why you couldn't come to the quilt show.

Lynn said...

Wow, what a job. Glad you had a good helper as it makes nasty jobs go faster.

Lynn

Joyce said...

It will be worth it in the end. John looks like an awfully young retired senior...

Sweet P said...

What a great resource to help you find John. I agree with Joyce-he looks too young to be a retired senior!

Evelyn aka Starfishy said...

It's always nice to have helper! And you will soon be enjoying your spiffed up deck! I am a true fan of color stain instead of paint and anytime I build something new I insist on color stain - no scraping and you just stain over if it fades over the years. But, right now our house has multiple layers of paint from previous owners in which case - there is nothing to do but bite the bullet and do what you are doing. I think I will put it off for another year!... maybe you can send John to me when you are done!?

sewprimitive karen said...

I think your deck looks great even in its pre-primer state (of course I am used to endless remodeling jobs) and will look so great freshly painted.

Lori in South Dakota said...

glad you found some help. I HATE to paint!!

Nancy said...

What a major under-taking, but you will be happy with the result.

SubeeSews said...

I promise to have aching muscles for you tomorrow.
I agree...sunglasses are a must for me anymore. I cannot stand any type of glare in my eyes!
XOXOXO Subee

quiltmom said...

What a lot of work but you are going to love having it look wonderful again. I am sure that you are going to love having that space to sit outside and enjoy. It is nice to find a great helper too.
Glad you did not have to climb the ladder to clear the gutters.
I think your star struck quilt is going to be fabulous too- scrap quilts are so much fun and you do a terrific job of them.
Happy quilting,
Regards,
Anna

The Calico Quilter said...

Paint covers a multitude of sins. I'm sure the deck will look great after you're done. Maybe it would be easier to rent a paint sprayer, especially for the railing.

BTW - after-cataract-surgery sunglasses? Did you have cataract surgery? I'm facing the same thing so I need moral support. Tell me it wasn't awful - I'm such a wimp.

MARCIE said...

I want John!!!

Nanette Merrill and daughters said...

Good for you.

Tanya said...

Well, at least you are smiling in that picture! You look kind of cute to me!

aubirdwoman said...

oh I need a John man too.

What a wonderful idea. You both get the benefits. Well done

Nice to see a photo of you even if you are incognito