Monday, January 14, 2008

Drip Edge Challenge

Something has been bugging me about the way we redid our lanai enclosure... It's the way the siding comes up too high and actually runs up between the rafters. This is really hard to explain, even with pictures. Let me just say that it was a test of bravery for me to fix it. I had to snap a chalk line and run the length of the lanai with a skilsaw, cutting through only the siding and no deeper so as to not nick the beam beneath. It would probably be no big deal for a career carpenter, but for me it was a little scary. But I know that once we're painted it will be one of those details that makes a difference. Do you have any idea what I am talking about? No? That's okay.


The point of no return:

Successful cut:

Drip Edge installed. Getting ready to paint:

Beam Caps

It really, really, really bugs me that some termite people will just lop off the end of a beam rather than repair it. Actually, it really, really, really bugs me that a home owner would let this happen. Luckily, the ends of the chopped beams were sound so it was simple enough to cap them. I feel much better now. After the house is painted this will be our dirty little secret.