I’ve been putting on the Overalls and acting like a Construction Worker here. It’s been a long long busy 10 days here. We had a lot of hail damage here in May. Our insurance has decided to cover only the roof, paint, caulk and very little else…. oh and the cover to our fire pit. The rest of that garage (garage with 2 additions, a “man cave” on one side and a storage area on the other) and the damage from warping boards to some of the interior water damage (what they call “flood damage”) is our responsibility. However the damage to the siding was extensive, as was the black mold growing on the inside drywall and we are working hard tearing out damaged siding, one whole side had to be demoed and put not only siding up but they failed to have a vapor barrier inside! So, being that that side of our garage and attachment rooms to it, is right up against the fence, and it was the most highly damaged area of the building we had to tear down the chain link and crawl through to the other side of the fence to work on that side of the building. We have finally finished that major part of the project.
Above are some samples of the Neighbors side of our garage and the hail damage from days worth of rain and hail.
Now we are repairing the odd siding boards here and there, with Hardie Boards, and of course we are calking, painting. And once the roofers get their work done, we will be taking care of the black mold, the holes from leaks in the ceilings and the inside of the windows where the water also came through.
Okay so I didn’t literally put on some overalls, the pair that I have are ripped in the seat and I didn’t feel like I could even lift my sewing machine to do some patchwork. lol Hubby and I are both disabled with chronic pain so this is a long and drawn out process here. I have to say though, that though I hurt, I am excited to learn more of my DIY as I work with hubby. I love doing many things for and by myself, making things and I am quite good at fixing things… hey my last bread machine, I repaired 3 times without instructions and made it last almost 15 years. lol
I have learned about our materials that we’ve used and I love Hardie Boards (they are fiber cement boards), though it was a pain to lift, they are not light. And what a pain to haul in a van, without a pickup truck and our one volunteer never returned a phone call to say he was ready to help with his pickup and never returned hubby’s phone calls. So hauling the Hardie Boards and one piece of drywall went on top of our van, so glad that there was a tall man at Loews to help hubby reach… I could barely climb to help put the strapping up to strap those puppies down, much less reach with heavy board to put them on top of a van.
We are calking all around the garage with Dap’s “Alex Plus” (acrylic plus silicone), we bought the 12 pack Contractors Case. The people that previously worked on siding didn’t caulk much at all, so we are caulking like made all the way around the building. I have to say I have become the queen of caulking, I put up a wicked nice bead now. lol Though my hands get tired easy as they are pretty weak and painful from my neck problems. I love the caulk as it is paintable and it covers small holes from the hail damage well.
The paint we are using is WONDERFUL, we are using Valspar Ultra Paint and Primer in the color “White Pepper,” the color is so much better then the light buttercup yellow (what I am calling the color) that they used on the house trim and garage. This stuff is working wonderfully, covering up the Hardie Board, the caulking and even the old paint used on the garage. The Valspar Ultra is heavenly to use as it covers wonderfully with just one coat, hubby has been playing with a paint sprayer with the Valspar Ultra and some product to thin the paint, a product from Flood called “Floetrol.” The only problem with the paint sprayer is that I think we haven’t gotten the viscosity right with our first mix with the paint as it went on way too loose and dripped all over our cement as I tried to use the brush to spread the paint out more and it dripped all over. Finally I figured out how to use the paint brush to sort of scoop up the paint some as I worked the sprayed on paint.
Speaking of brushes, we did go the cheap route as we needed some new brushes and we went with Project Select, 3 piece Painter’s-Pak, cheap is as cheap does. The large brush in the pack that I chose to use had the head fall off, I knew it felt loose as soon as I got it out of the package, come to find out the little nails that were in it weren’t fully inserted from the ferrule into the wood handle. I dropped that brush into the dirt, I am glad I didn’t have to fish it out of the gallon of paint! I washed the brush head off and hubby went in and put in some little screws to hold the brush head onto the handle. Now the brush works better, although the cheap brush loses bristles now and then, I am glad that I know not to get the paint in the ferrule area while painting or it would be worse.
Okay so, this is what I’ve been up to lately, smoothing on my 50 SPF Sunscreen, putting on an old baseball cap, my Sunny Sleevez (still saving my arms, but now full of splatters of paint and some caulk)… I have to say that sometimes these products for reviews are so great, I don’t know how I lived without them! I have some other things helping me out, but that is for a review, not for a News From Home Update. 🙂
Well folks, I took a break while writing this for a few days, as I needed to help cut some Hardie Board, do some more calking and painting, while the weather held out. Oh and we just couldn’t take the heat in the house any longer, and installed an old Air Conditioner. The Air Conditioner was donated to us by my parents, and I believe we had it in the 60’s in our homes, so it’s not energy efficient, nor is it strong enough to do much (even in this small house). But cooling off the house to 92 degrees, when the thermometer is reading 102 outside is a help!
Of course we put in the AC just yesterday and I put up plastic, then we had a bad thunderstorm and water started coming in through the plastic last night, so I was running around gathering up most all the towels we had to sop up the rain water that was coming in. lol Today we cut up an old board to cover the area around the window and I am crossing my fingers that I don’t have another night like last night again… Wish me luck!
Okay off I go closing this up, nothing like writing a post over several days (3 to be exact), this old gal is tired, in pain and worn out, but loving the look of the work we’ve done so far. 🙂 I can’t wait until it’s all finished and I am crossing my fingers that we can manage to get a newer AC in the house soon, one that will really do a lot of cooling and be more energy efficient, I am so tired of feeling like I am melting all the time. lol And of course I am anxious for out projects to be completed so that I can recover, relax and concentrate on the blog more again.
In the mean time, I felt that I needed to share with everyone what I am going through right now in my life at home. Life happens, and between these home emergencies, chronic pain and disability issues, things (like the blog) get set aside.
I thank you all for understanding my doing some rush posts here and my otherwise absence, I hope that we can get back to normal here in the next 2 weeks. Most of the repairs to the siding have been done now and almost half the painting is done. 🙂 The huge project will be at the back of the garage is on a hill… it’s going to be a real pain to caulk and paint! Then, of course we will be working on some Kilz, new Dry Wall, Dry Wall Patching and floating (what hubby calls what we will be doing around those windows that had the water coming through) all around the interior of the garage.
So who putting on the Overalls and coming help us out? lol Hey, can you blame a gal for trying? 🙂Disclaimer: I, Mariah Lockwood, have not been compensated for the products mentioned in this News From Home, all items mentioned have been purchased with my own money and I just thought they were worth mentioning in this News From Home Update. As usual this is just my option and my experiences, yours may differ from mine.