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    What have I gotten into??

    If you know me you probably know two things about me.

    1) I am pretty handy. Can do most anything around or to a house. (If I want too that is). I do nearly all the repairs. (I avoid plumbing if at all possible!).

    2) I am careful with money. Not cheap, but definitely frugal.

    Well, we have been waffling back and forth about having the house painted. Wife convinced me we could take the week off and do it ourselves. Well, I had to work Monday. Plus we had a family pet almost die last week so we are still spending a lot of time doctoring her. So Tuesday morning we are going to start painting!

    I went to start the bucket truck and apparently it fried it's computer. Now it won't run and we really needed it for the back of the the house. I should have seen the signs!

    I reluctantly rented a very expensive lift for the week. It great on heights of 10 feet an up. Below that is pretty much useless. Just can not maneuver it where you want. Anyways we have been busy every day painting. Anyway, we finally get really started Wednesday morning, not 2 days behind schedule.

    Here it Friday night. So far I have 90% of the eves painted. Exposed rafter tails take a L O N G time to paint. I have 80% of the fascia painted. Hoping to finish that up around noon tomorrow. The wife has been working on the trim around the house. I got all the gables painted today and see a hint of the colors on the house.

    HOPEFULLY tomorrow afternoon I will be able to start putting the main color on the walls of the house.

    This has been a MUCH bigger job than I thought.
    It has gone MUCH slower than I expected.
    I am much more stressed and tired than I have been in a LONG time.

    I also came to the conclusion that painters earn their keep. I don't mind insides to bad, but I have added exterior painting to my list. It is right beside plumbing!!

    And add to that I have a throbbing finger. Not sure why. I think maybe I got a splinter beside the nail. I don't think much about splinters, get them all the time. But my finger it red. It's just started to mildly throb and I can see no reason or injury.

    OK, I think I am through venting!
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    I hear ya. I've successfully put off painting the trim on our house all summer. Overhead painting is a killer for me. I hope I don't regret my procrastination next spring.

    And watch that splinter stuff. Ken Fitzgerald can tell you nasty stories about little splinters gone bad.
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    You are almost finished Jeff!

    I kind of like painting but most of my friends think I am crazy to enjoy it. When it comes right down to it, I like it because I save a lot of money and almost always do a better job.
    Cheers, Frank

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    Painting is on my BIG 3 list. I can do all the things on my BIG 3 list but I hate doing any of them: Painting, Drywall, Electrical (plumbing is makng its way onto the list slowly). Now working on cars is not on my BIG 3 list because it isn't even part of my reality. I don't think I have ever worked on a car that didn't cost more to fix when I was done than when I started.
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    I love doing electrical, my whole family are electricians, so grew up doing it. Plumbing is OK, not fun, not a huge downer, but painting is my 4th level of hell, anything I can't paint with a rattle can, I'm not very happy to be doing

    I think that Greg Cook is painting or has just finished painting his house too, but I think he got some fancy spray gun thing, I would think this would make the painting part easier, but the taping and prep part longer.

    Good luck!
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    Jeff I feel for you. I don't care much for painting myself, but its not the painting I did lately that makes me relate to your story. Rather its the cedar shingling I did that makes me feel for your pain.

    For me that job was just never ending. 28 square of shingles to put up and over a big area. It seemed like things were never ideal. You started out putting on the shingles stooped over, hit a fairly comfortable level only to go past that to working overhead. The gable ends were even worse and the days dragged on, the hours dragged by and it seems I was cutting and fitting shingles more than I ever thought possible.

    But just as you are about to find out, its also very rewarding. The look of your place is well worth it and spending the time with the Mrs has its own reward. Too many married people spend so little time together (I am firmly in this camp) so even being together painting the house is time well spent.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    ......I think that Greg Cook is painting ...... but I think he got some fancy spray gun thing, I would think this would make the painting part easier,
    Nope! Well OK, it does make it easier. But it's still not easy.

    I bought an airless sprayer when we built the house.
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    Two things a sane man should never have in his hand: paintbrushes and shovels.
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    I hear you loud and clear Jeff. Though your project is many, many times larger than mine! Rest assured when it is finished, it won't need to be done for a while. Our neighbors had their place professionally painted while we were stripping and painting ours 14 years ago. Every 4 or so years since they have needed to paint - I just started to redo ours this summer. For some reason it is taking much longer this time - maybe it's because of the 5yo I'm trying to keep track of at the same time.

    It's almost over - and the time spent will be well worth it every time you use that "new" piece of old iron the money saved went to buy!
    Wes

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wes Bischel View Post
    ......It's almost over - and the time spent will be well worth it every time you use that "new" piece of old iron the money saved went to buy!
    Wes
    I think the operative word there is BOUGHT.

    But still a good thought. And man can I use those!
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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