Monday, May 16, 2011


Remember when I posted that there were buckets of water coming down.........  Well it's back.  It was raining so hard that we decided not to work on Sunday due to our almost accident on Saturday. We didn't want to push our luck so we sat back and watched as the water rose and inched its way to the garage entry, and then I decided that we needed to work a little to divert the water around the garage instead of into the garage towards our tools. On the plus side, my windows on the treehouse were as dry as the desert.  Hopefully we will dry out a little this week and finish that darn Hardi Panel Sidding!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

For the love of blogging...

Well it just goes to show that you shouldn't take blogging to serious, because someone can get hurt. AKA my husband. Thankfully there was no permanent damage but we did have our first official accident on Saturday.  On one hand it's embarrassing but on the other we laughed really hard after it happened, I think to relief the stress of the what had just happened.  So to recap.....

Last week we took a week off to head to Reno to take care of our rental properties (I think it's time to share those stories soon, because it relates to where we are now) anywhoo we worked our butts off in Reno and came back exhausted..... we started back on the Hardi Panel siding on Saturday in hopes of finishing it up, but we had been having a hard time getting back into the groove of things. It was a slow day to start, lots of running around, heads not really in the game that sort of day. 

So, after a late start we finally got into a productive routine.  We worked away finishing up the back side of the building and moved our way around onto the living roof, the easier side......we were about to finish our LAST full 4 ft x 8 ft panel then........stupid blogging got in the way.

We wanted to video the last panel getting hauled up the ladders.  First, because it was the last panel and second, because we are idiots....... In the last five years we haven't had one, not one single accident.  I guess this really can be called a close call  but no excuses, we will not be doing dangerous stunts anymore period for the blog.   On the flip side, we laughed really hard to the point of tears, of course after I found out that he was ok and there were no broken bones.  And believe me at the end I can't believe I caught the whole thing on film because after it happened I didn't even know I had the camera still in my hand.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

100 plus pounds for 100 plus pounds

No break to re coupe after wood siding.....we have hit the ground running and the will to finish the exterior siding has put us in a motivate drive to work. 

I have three exterior siding finishes:

1: Cedar tongue and groove wood. 
2: 4 ft. x 9 ft. Hardi panels.
3: 4 ft. x 8 ft raw steel panels.

These hardi panels are basically sheets of 1/4" concrete.  They are extremely durable for weather resistance and I salvaged them at my favorite salvage store cutting the costs of purchasing them in half. Yippy!  However, they easily weigh 100 lbs + I myself weigh 115 lbs so in the event that we happen to drop a full panel on me I will no longer be posted our progress.  Just kidding...not really funny because we are doing death defying acrobatic work but it's mostly a balancing act.  Well, if you have a husband who is a super hero like my husband then it's mostly a balancing act.  Someone does have to slump the panel up the ladder.......... We started with the street front, surprisingly we are already to the south side of the building.  Its so much faster then each little 6 inch board when your hanging panels 9 feet high.  There are these metal track pieces that frame each panel so water can't penetrate to the sheeting.  Each metal trim has to be cut and screwed into place but after a final coat of paint this material won't have to be touched up for 30 to 50 years.  I'm thinking the paint will need a little touch up during that time but the material seems stronger than ever!

We did a little recap of hanging the panels, there was no way I was going to worry about setting up the camera and running to get a shot of us trying to hang the real deals.

Monday, May 2, 2011

No more wood......

I'm so excited to report that we have completed the wood siding!!! It went up relatively pain free, however,  one 6 inch board after another 6 inch board for 30 feet can get a little daunting.

I'm extremely pleased with how wonderful it looks, it has really added another dimension to the exterior architecture.  It was funny to watch people drive by who have seen the white tyvek sheeting for the last couple of months slow down or stop and just stare.  Everyone has been extremely friendly and have made really nice comments on how good its turning out.......=) Our neighbors came over for dinner while we were half way through and commented that we must have done this before.  Ha! I guess our first siding job can't look that bad!!

Our interpretations of how we felt after the wood was completed. 
My legs on the other hand were getting quite a workout.  The day went like this: Climb up the ladder take a measurement, go down ladder cut board, climb up ladder with board, place board, nail into studs, climb down ladder, move ladder to middle of wall, climb up ladder nail rest of board into studs.........that's just one board. I bet there is a better way but it was the best we could come up with! Just some corner metal pieces to trim the two edges together and we don't have to touch those walls again! Well for at least 10 years......