We coated my rolled roofing with some “elastometric” coating/sealant that adds about a dozen years to the roof's life. We are just finishing putting on the second coat (see first pic) and it really looks good and adheres well. My brother has used this stuff a lot and does many jobs coating roofs in the Southwest with this material. Has to be rolled on and the edges hand brushed but it is worth the time to do it right. Stuff is about $100 per 5-gallon bucket. I’m very happy with how it came out.
Owning a house is a pain and having your own well is nice but a pain also. Recently had to replace my solenoid switch that turns on/off the well pump for filling the pressure tank. Old one had worn contacts and was starting to short out. Made in USA it was so old. Replaced it with the same brand, Square D, made in Mexico. It was very well built so they have maintained their standards. Was just as well built as the one I replaced which I guess was at least 40 years old.
Putting on a new front door. Very nice Douglas fir door that I'm finishing myself. Will be a pain as the former builders muddled up the install some but that's normal around here with all the self built/do it yourself houses/repairs etc.
Then I go off to Southern California for a bit. And yes, it's a secret what I'll do down in that crazy land.
Wrapping up my visit to California and driving home soon. I helped an old friend get her place ready for sale. Did everything from re-grouting kitchen tile, to dismantling a gargantuan armoire, to packing stuff to send to Italy.
Now I head back to the land of milk and honey and reasonable temperatures and far less people.
I didn't do a before pic of my front door because it would have been too embarrassing but the after pic of my new door and trim (incense cedar, which I will leave natural) makes the house look so much better. My brother helped me with the installation. I finished the natural fir door myself with semi-gloss polyurethane. The door/jam only cost 1,000 bucks. And that's fairly cheap for such a nice well-made door.
The previous door was not just ugly - it was actually an interior door that was used for the exterior - my father wanted to replace it but never got around to it.
Helps keep people away. Actually, there is a step/platform that sets right on the cement slap by the door. Which is now installed; I took the photo without to get the full splendor of my new marvelous door.
two days is short after pressure washing in the humid climate. you want it dry or it will blister. if energetic prime it first. might as well make the job outlast you then to have to redo when you are 75
I have to live with the metal siding which is embossed/stamped in imitation wood grain, so it is only half-ugly. The structure is not worth the cost of major upgrading - I would just raze the whole thing and start over.
Finished up most of the painting, just doing some white trim work. Will paint the bunkhouse next which is a small job. So another major summer project is near competition.
Went to the Curry County Fair with my brother and that was fun. Small time county fairs are always enjoyable as the locals have their only big fling of the summer. The exhibits are great and the farm animals and kids are cute. And the music wasn't bad either. Good times.
Finished up the week long job of painting the house and bunkhouse and all the other odds and ends and rearranging much about the outside of the house and patio. We timed it just perfect - today the wind is picking up again. Had a great week of little to no wind and good warm weather for the coast. Anyway, the bunkhouse looks brand new also (we installed a used door we had refinished, the old one is on the burn pile), along with the house:
Garden peas are done; had the last of them last night. Potatoes and onions and tomatoes are going strong. Still a few strawberries. Wild blackberries are everywhere and starting to ripen up well.
There is a giant marshmallow farm near were I live. Photo below for proof. It is amazing what all the new-fangled technology and innovation can accomplish now days. You would need a very large bonfire to roast one of those beauties shown below.
Garden peas are done had the last ones yesterday. Plants ripped out and tossed in compost area. I'm still getting some strawberries and still have a few blossoming. Great year for them because it has been cool. The tomatoes aren't doing very well (too cool) but I will get a few. Onions and potatoes and carrots are doing very well.
I think I'll just make a small green house to grow the tomatoes in; just too cool here and the night temperatures, especially on average, are too low and the warm season too short for tomatoes.