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Thursday, June 6, 2013

De "siding" what to do next

Pink garage doors!? I was assured that the doors will be painted a more appropriate color as soon as the weather cooperates. I’m starting to caulk the seams of the siding. I’m using Permachink  ¼’’ foam backer rod as a filler before applying the caulking. Luckily, the extra foam I ordered a while back is coming in handy. As soon as the workshop is caulked, it will be time for stain and rain gutters. I have lots of practice installing gutters on our home. I’ll be using some left over rain gutters that our neighbor gave us. The dark brown gutters should match the stain.

Ready for sealant
Backer rod
stainless fasteners

It’s important that the siding is installed with stainless steel fasteners. This prevents those ugly black streaks from forming and bleeding through the finish. The carpenter was very careful to use siding that had very tight knots or no knots at all. I noticed that we have a fair amount of leftover siding. I’m not sure if we will be able to keep it. You paid for it, right? Well, yes and no. We did receive a good deal on the garage. Maybe the carpenter is expecting the extra wood as compensation? It’s one of those cultural things. If we insist on keeping the lumber, there might be hard feelings. Since I would like to use the carpenter’s services again in the future, hard feelings would be a bad thing. I need the siding for my future observatory, but I need the carpenter’s expertise on our remodel even more. The best we can do is to give a hint that we are interested in the wood. I believe in America we call it, "Beating around the bush." We'll see what happens.  George

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