Sunday, August 18, 2013

The Great (E)scrape 2013: Day 15

It's been a while since my last update and that's really because there isn't much to report. We've been scraping. And scraping. And scraping. And...well, you get the idea. It's a slog, that's for sure. I feel like for 15 days we should have more to show for our labors but, really, it's very slow-going. Our hope is that once we finish the porch we'll be able to see more progress in a quicker fashion. It's really because the front porch has so many little details that it is slowing us down - they are beautiful details, mind you, but they make for slow work. For example, you'll see below the railings and balusters. We caved today and went to our friendly, neighborhood Home Depot for a heat gun. I had resisted the idea of a heat gun originally but, honestly, it was a wise investment. For the low price of $49 we were able to make some real headway on these puppies. Well, maybe "headway" is overly optimistic. Those few you see in the photo below took about 30 minutes to do. And, then, I went and made things worse by counting how many total there are: 100. Oi.

Nevertheless, we're moving along. Today was a duo work day with Tim doing some of the high points, me doing some of the lower points, and Ohara keeping Floyd busy. And, we should all appreciate how important it is to keep a kid and puppy busy while in the midst of a house project, right?

So, two weeks in. We're hoping to maybe begin painting someday soon and then move on the second story of the front of the house. 

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