Making the World a Less Pink Place

Yesterday afternoon we went to Economy Lumber to talk to a guy about railings (I mean, seriously). While we were there, Noel mentioned that he'd like to replace the old respirator he's been using. Having had my OSHA respirator training, I thought this was a good idea: respirators should be replaced every couple of years because the plastic breaks down and stops making a good seal. And our old ones date from the first year we owned the house. Time to replace, indeed.

Noel removing paint

Which meant that tonight, when we were kind of kicking around considering what to do with our evening, Noel whipped out his new respirator with lead-safe cartridges (we don't know if there is lead paint on the trim, but it's safe to assume there is) and started depinking the library door.

Faithful if not very smart companions

I had to convince the dogs that this was not something that they should share. They just wanted to lie down in the hallway and look at him adoringly, as if that's a good idea when cooked paint fumes are in the air.

Peel-Away on the front door

Before he started with the heat gun, he added some Peel-Away to the trim on the front door. That seems to have done a generally good job there so far.

Dash is also very interested

Just after I'd lured the dogs into the dining room (as far as they wanted to go from their precious Noel), I turned around to see Dash lurking with great interest.

I guess our animals are not very smart.

Partway through stripping the door

By the time he called it quits, Noel had stripped much of the door frame and more than half the door. Though to be fair he did the easy part of the door. Though to be even more fair this door had a TON of paint on it.

Layers of paint on the door

Some of the layers of paint are quite interesting, like this dark gray colour. The house must have looked very utilitarian and drab with the trim painted that way.

posted by ayse on 08/23/12


I just read almost your whole took me 3 nights, but I did it! Amazing story. We have been trying to sell our house for a year and just had an offer last week and the inspector told us we needed to put in a curtain drain (6Ft deep) and new foundation (or may extensive engineered fixes). The buyer walked away. The sad thing is that we are moving to Hawaii in January and will most likely have to walk away from our house :(
So I was goggling fancy foundation words and found your site. Thanks for taking the time to be so detailed. Very helpful to see it all happen in real life.
Love the deck BTW!!!!

Wow, I'm sorry to hear that, Kim. I hope that at least you might be able to find renters and turn it into income property if selling can't work out.

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