Sunday, May 22, 2016

Finally! Replaced my ugly entry light !~ May 2016


Some interesting things going on at the house.. I finally changed out the ugly pink lamp that was hanging in the entry. I have installed lots of lights but needed help with this one since it was up so high. Of course when I need help, I ask my dad to help me. 

Here is what the light looked like...
Dad and I goofing around trying to get the ladder up.
Just to show you what the area was like, here is my front door and stairs trying to get the ladder up.

The ladder is multi-functional, but it was still a chore.
Of course, we turned off the power - well sorta. First to take it down, my dad went up on the ladder to do that. Since my fingers are thinner than his, I put up the new one.
Removing the bracket

Ready for a new light
 The chandelier has to be set-up prior to hanging it. We had to thread the power wire through the chain and then trim it to the right height.
Dad braiding through the chain
Finally when that was set-up, Dad held the light while I attached it back to the ceiling. Then we had to spread the arms out, install the lightbulbs and the covers. And it was done! It took longer to safely figure out the ladder than to actually do the work.

Pretty nice!


Saturday, May 7, 2016

Deck Repair Project Update - May 2016


If you look back at the 2 posts I did about the deck project, you will see that a lot of work went into it.

In fact in the 2nd post I document how I filled the holes and gaps in the wood, how I sanded it and prepped and painted it.

 I am so angry right now because less than 2 years later, as soon as it started to rain, the paint started peeling. And it continues to peel off.. especially on the railings. Last winter we had the horrible drought so very little rain at all.. this winter we got rain! Hallelujah! But my deck is peeling! 

I thought that maybe I had the wrong kind of paint - but I didn't. In fact when I look at the blog pictures you can see it is exterior paint with primer. The guy at the Home Depot said even that I wouldn't need to primer the wood with that paint. SHEESH!

Railing Paint - I keep all the labels. 
 What is worse is that the Behr Deck Over paint is starting to flake off where it is exposed to water.I am hopeful that I can stop this before it gets as bad as the railing.. it is holding up better for sure. Still not excited by the performance of it though.
 This took a lot of time and I spent several hundred dollars on this paint... I going to go to Lowe's and buy Valspar to match. Valspar seems to be better than Behr.