Fall is definitely in the air. The sunlight is showing itself later and the air is crisp. We commiserate the waning of summer while enjoying the beauty of the leaves that cover the trail where we ride our bikes. We are really not falling behind, we are embarking on the Fall season though. We are actually feeling really good about our progress, yet the arrival of this new season does bring with it a sense of urgency. We do think it was a good decision to prioritize the progress of the exterior so we can paint before Fall is in full swing. We love the colors the new season will bring and are excited to see how our new exterior will be complemented by those beautiful shades of Fall. Side note, it is also the season for ripe pears and they are delicious!
To prepare for paint, Paul has been spending a lot of time on the roof. Knowing how much I love him, and what a worrier I can be, he promises me that he will always wear fall protection for safety. Certainly, that is the real reason that I want him to be diligent about safety but also his medical insurance deductible is ridiculously high. A sad reality of our current times. As we work on this historic home we often ponder of how things were different back then. I was prompted to do a little research regarding the economy and healthcare. A study by Forbes that compared 1958 to 2012 revealed that “time prices for goods and services had shrunk to less than one-quarter of their 1958 levels”. Time price refers to the amount of time needed to work to pay for an item. For instance, the amount of time to earn the income to purchase a kitchen appliance would take 4 weeks in 1958 and 1 week in 2012. Whereas the time price of medical coverage in that span has done the inverse and the price has more than quadrupled from then to now.
All exterior siding that needed replacing have been replaced and caulking is complete. This old house had never been caulked so the time to complete that for the entire house was extensive. The process is time-consuming and tedious but will protect the exterior from the elements and prevent moisture from entering the house.
Several brackets, fasteners, and hooks have been removed from the exterior of the house. Over the years, it seemed that whenever there was a need to hang or attach something to the home’s exterior a nail, staple, screw, or bracket was installed. We want to maintain the character of this old place but see no need to keep the unused hardware on the exterior. The most significant hardware was the knob-and-tube wiring system that entered and exited the home. Knob-and-tube was the standard method of electrical wiring in buildings from about 1880 to the early 1940s. There are many homes in our historic town that still have knob-and-tube wiring but we have fully upgraded our electrical and plumbing systems to modern standards.
Next: continue porch rebuild:
Along with cyclists streaming by the house this is one of the common sights we love: