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Railings revisted

May 4, 2009

Amongst a welcome visit from family and some other weekend activities, I managed to finally wrap up the railings on the upstairs porch.  These had been fabricated and installed, but left unpainted due to time constraints in Sept ’06.   A couple months ago, I began removing them one at a time, sanded them, primed them, and painted them.   This operation took on average, about 5 hours per panel and I have about 25 hours in project.   It would have been a lot easier to have sprayed them when they were first put together, but we were out of time.

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I spent much of an afternoon scouring areas of the floor by hand with a rubbing stone to erase errant paint drips, spills, and residual splatters from the stucco work.   A pressure washer helped, but acrylics and epoxies are tenacious, especially on porous surfaces.

Thanks to Leslie’s leadership, we’ve also begun our first foray into landscaping.   Over the summer, I’ll divide free time between the workshop and our outdoor areas and hopefully the place will begin to look more like a home and less of a construction site.

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tim permalink
    May 4, 2009 2:54 pm

    That landscaping is looking quite nice. I tell ya, when I visit I won’t recognize the place…

  2. May 4, 2009 11:45 pm

    Gee couldn’t you find an oven large enough to powder coat them? Ha ha ha.

    Say – I am proud of Leslie for getting you to do that landdscaping. It looks fantastic.

  3. May 5, 2009 2:21 am

    Actually Jim…

    She pretty much did it herself, defining the bed and ordering the mulch. There are a bunch of bulbs planted in there so perhaps we will have some more green and maybe even some blooms coming up. I found a place for 3 of those hardwoods that I’ve been incubating in pots in the garage for the last 2 years, and as you know I ripped out all those dead and half dead, diseased cherry trees. Gotta fire up the tree chipper, time for some more mulch….

  4. vijaysaradhi permalink
    May 10, 2009 7:09 am

    mark,your home seems to be surrounded by lush greenery,do you like gardening a lot?wish i could enjoy such a wondreful climate! for me though i am getting toasted here literally in

    44 C of heat and sunshine! LOl

  5. May 12, 2009 2:52 pm

    Gardening? Not so much, but I really do like having a lot of trees and other folliage around. The climate is generally temperate although we hit 100F in the summer.

    The climate change activist focus almost entirely on CO2 production – reducing cars, coal power plants, etc. They leave out that we, humans, and all our livestock and pets account for a lot of it too. Off setting this in the ecosystem are all the living plants that take in the CO2 and give back O2. It’s one thing to learn this in biology calls, or to read online, in a book or hear and see on TV, but to walk out into the woods, get 50 feet inside the treeline and be in the cool shade, especially after a rain is a wonderful experience – you can really feel the air is easier to breath and there is a tranquility about it. Alas, we are paving over much of this with each passing day.
    As I sit here, I can see blue jays and cardinals outside, flying between several of the trees. I do feel extremely fortunate, indeed.

  6. vijay permalink
    May 12, 2009 3:53 pm

    I am eagerly waiting for the mansoon season to arrive here…il share one of my blogs with you very soon!

  7. May 16, 2009 2:46 am

    Mark – Looking great so far!

    Did you sand those rails by hand or did you rent a media blaster?

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