Thursday, June 22, 2017

A Not-so Handyman

It's been about a week since my last post and life goes on. I skipped the road trip to KC for yesterday's ballgame and took care of mowing an overgrown lawn instead. I'm sure I'll make the trip before the summer is over.

I think that I've previously mentioned that I'm not much of a do-it-yourselfer, handyman kind of guy. When it comes to physically working on things around the home or car (and now, motorcycle), my philosophy has always been -- They paid me well to do the job I knew how to do; I should be willing to pay someone else well to do the job they know how to do!

That said, I did decide to undertake the job of replacing some of the vinyl siding on the north side of our house that had been damaged by a leaf fire that got out of control. The damage wasn't enough to be covered by insurance (we carry too high of a deductible) and I figured that I could manage a few pieces of siding.

Naturally, it turned into a much bigger job than expected. The double-4 siding that is on the house wasn't an exact match to the replacement siding and it became necessary to replace each entire row rather than just the damaged pieces. The color is a spot on match but the part where the siding bends to make the 4/4 lap was a little off and left a bit of a gap where two different pieces met. That meant having to order more siding and leaving the job half finished until the order came in.
No problem for an easy going retired guy, right?

Well, it wouldn't have been a problem if that was the only problem. The overall width of the new pieces was also just a little bit off -- not enough to really notice in one row, but fifteen rows later it was an inch and a half or so difference (two story side of the house)!
So again, the project remains unfinished. It isn't very noticeable, but there is an entire row of siding that isn't locked into the row beneath it. I'll have to wait until I can get an extension ladder and then move each remaining row up so that it interlocks with the row beneath it and then trim the top row.
Did I mention that I'm not much of a do-it-yourselfer, handyman kind of guy?

Ah well...
life goes on and my minuscule problems go unnoticed by the rest of the world.

On the bright side --
Summer has officially arrived!
I don't suppose that is a really significant thing. The summer solstice is just another day for most people, but I generally take notice of such celestial events. I'm not sure why other than I think it's cool that there is a precise order to the universe. It's almost as if it was designed that way!

I hope that you have an enjoyable summer!

John <><


Mike said...

Always allow four days for one day projects.

eViL pOp TaRt said...

Projects always takw longer than planned.