PAINTING SUCKS!

Discussion in 'Community' started by superninjagoat, Jul 19, 2004.

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    superninjagoat

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    I'm painting the exterior of my house. IT SUCKS. It's a 70-year old clappboard house, there's a lot of scraping, and I have to keep replacing weak and rotten siding. IT SUCKS. Scraping sucks. Sanding sucks. Ladders suck (as does the DOOM-a-flatchie, which I have come to think of the 10-foot scaffalding). Priming SUCKS. My wife SUCKS for conning me into doing it while she's six hours away at school. ARGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!! :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:

    I feel like a whiny bitch, but I had to share. :eek:

    I don't care how poor I am, I'm never taking on this home improvement project again. Ever. I'm paying someone else. :mad:

    Your experiences?
     
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    MongoTheGeek

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    I am sooooooo glad my house is brick... :D
     
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    superninjagoat

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    I hate you right now. :D
     
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    Roger1

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    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!! :p Ok, I'm done. I feel for you. Really. I'm currently rennovating my sons room. And, like you, I have an old house. Thus, none of the corners are square, level, etc. BTW, your braver than I am for going up on a ladder. I tried to do that a couple of weeks ago to clean my gutters because I had trees getting rather tall up there (about 30ft up) but I made the mistake of looking down :eek: and I realized that my 270 pound body would make a big dent in my wifes minivan if I landed on it. So the trees will live to another day.
    Actually, I don't mind doing my own work (even though I suck at it). Except for ANY plumbing :mad: (has bad memories of trying to install water filter) and most electrical. ZZZZzzzaPPP!

    P.S My house has siding on it :) but it's about 30 years old and in DIRE need of replacement (about 15-16,000) :eek:

    P.S MAKE SURE YOUR WIFE REWARDS YOU FOR ALL YOUR HARD WORK!! :)
     
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    superninjagoat

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    Sometime in the years before I bought my house, there was a leak in the bathroom that eroded the soil underneath the piers on the left front of the house. It sank about a foot and a half. Consequently, there is nothing even remotely square in the house -- anywhere.

    I put quarter round in the kitchen yesterday (while it rained and I couldn't work outside). My miter box was useless. I ended up being a job for eyeball and DAP.

    The really frustrating thing is that I'm not even going to live in the darn thing. I'm leaving Beaufort for Chapel Hill to be with my wife. (She's getting her master's at UNC.) So all this @#$% and I can't even live there. Crappy renters are going to get the fruit of my labor.

    I like home improvement. Really, I do. But I like it when it's a manageable task and I do it with my wife. That's fun. Scraping paint chips off raftertail and even from a ladder: That's not fun.

    btw: "I realized that my 270 pound body would make a big dent in my wifes minivan" = LOL. I know the feeling. I've fallen off the DOOM-a-flatchie twice now. Once at five feet onto soft ground and once at 10 feet -- I caught myself on a bar and avoided disaster, but pusted my knee. Hence, DOOM-a-flatchie.
     
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    krimson

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    rent one of those sandblaster things, and a paint spray-gun.. it'll cut your time down alot.
     
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    takao

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    yeah our house needs a repainting and remaking the wood too ...when i was a kid renovating stuff was normal ... a house is never finished ;-) you are always painting here, or putting in a new door there etc.

    to consider a house with 30 years as 'old' is an exaggeration... the house of our family was built around 1925...(and heavily modified 25 years ago to fit all the people... about 4-5 rooms & 2 balconies have been added..)
     
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    dvdh

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    Just wait until you need to re-point your brick, then painting won't look all that difficult or time consuming. . . .
     
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    Roger1

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    The house isn't 30 years old, the SIDING is. The house itself I believe was built in 1926, but the range is from the late 1800's to the mid 1920's. I found a little "time capsule" in one of the rooms I redid. It had a magazine, a letter, a catalog, and some other stuff in it-all dated 1926. The mag, letter and catalog are all in very good shape. Unfortunately mice got to the rest.

    Same issue here :) . I think it's more fun when I manage to cut a piece of drywall straight and when I put it in place, I have a 1" gap at the bottom because the wall is out of square (stupid me for assuming).
     
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    superninjagoat

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    Pressure washer tore up the wood too bad. I did the paint spray-gun -- industrial strength. It was too much machine for me to handle. I ended up creating more work for myself than help (but in the end, I did get the house primed).

    I just invested in a Wagner poser sprayer, and I'm going to use that to finish the first coat and the second.

    Power sprayers don't help that much with double-hung sash windows. :grump:
     
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    Roger1

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    Did your neighbors get a fresh coat of primer? :p
     
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    superninjagoat

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    no, but there are several wasps, a palmetto bug and half a lizard that are ready for paint. As for the bushes ... photosynthesys is overrated anyway. :D
     
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    Roger1

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    Generally, bushes are good for landing on. Providing there are no wasps, bees or other dangerous creatures calling the bush home.

    My father in law has an airless sprayer. He learned the hard way that you don't use it outside on a very slightly windy day. My wifes car ended up getting a free detail job, courtesy of him. :D Tan house paint does not look well on a dark maroon Dodge Daytona. BTW, the cars were at least 75ft away from where he was painting the kitchen doors.
     
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    superninjagoat

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    You see, that's what I tried to tell my wife about the bushes. (She came down this weekend, I think just to yell at me.) I told her I used a drop cloth over the bushes I was painting near, and she was like, "don't lie to me. There's know way that much paint ...."

    The house is making me feel like Homer Simpson as a guest on "This Old House."

    Another (not so) cool thing: I found a very large hornet's nest in my extension ladder. It filled about six of the hollow step-rungs and the back side of the ladder. While I wasn't only stung once, I did find myself running full-tilt down the road screaming like a little girl.

    I tried raid, but didn't have enough to finish the job, so I used a little gasoline and a beer bottle to make a Molitov cocktail and roasted the suckers. Then I felt bad about it. :eek:
     
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    Roger1

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    I feel your pain (in some instances literally). I had an old van I used for hauling stuff (poor thing finally died last year). It had 2 wasp nests in it. After missing my eye by about a 1/4" with a stinger, I had NO MERCY on the litter buggers. :mad:

    I've been fortunate. I found a very large nest in my attic; fortunately it was old and abandoned.. It was the width of the space between the joists, and about 2 feet long. :eek:

    Anywho, tell your wife that with a spray gun the drop cloths only help a little because the paint vaporizes and works around it.
     
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    superninjagoat

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    According to neighbors, before I moved into my house there was a wasps nest about the size of a Volkswagen bus on the side of the building. It was about 10-15 feet tall (depending on which neighbor you talk to) and spanned an area between my fireplace and the HVAC unit.

    Now we have lots of little hornets' nests all around the house. I guess they are holdovers from the big mamma-jamma. Usually, they don't bother anyone. It's just when you come across one of their nests by accident.

    The one in the addict is kinda' creepy -- imaging finding that still active ... and being trapped up their. :eek:
     
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    question fear

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    old wood sucks to have to paint.
    i took on a smaller but similar project trying to paint the porch of the store i work in, it was terrible. the porch is around 30-ish years old, the wood planks are being replaced one by one as they rot, and there was more than one time when we were worried the paint was too much for some of the railings to handle.
    let us know when you complete it...and how many beers you drink to forget it!
     
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    Laslo Panaflex

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    HA, you think painting your house it bad, try re-roofing a house. It is quite possibly the hardest, hotest, most exhausting, sore muscle task that I have ever done.
     
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    dobbin

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    I like painting! A few years ago when I was a student I worked as a painter in the holidays and loved it. Actually, I did hate scraping and sanding for hours on end. But it really is worth it in the end when its all looking clean and new again.

    I still enjoy helping my family to paint their houses sometimes, but I bought a brand new house myself so I won't need to paint my own place for a few years yet...
     
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    I'll give you ten bucks to paint my fence.
     
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    jsw

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    Well, digging out for landscaping in rocky soil gives re-roofing a run for its money. Not as hot, but arguably as exhausting.
     
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    Roger1

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    I paid to have somebody do my roof. This is why
    1. It's up in the air
    2. I had 3 layers (the bottom being cedar shakes)
    3. It's up in the air
    4. It leaked
    5. It's up in the air
    6. It's hard work
    7. You need to climb ladders
    8. It's up in the air
    I'm sure there's more reasons (it's up in the air), but I think listing 8 is enough. :)
     
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    dobbin

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    Throw in the airfare as well, and its a deal :D
     
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    MongoTheGeek

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    <Tom Sawyer>Well I might let you paint the back of the fence, but this here is up front. How do I know you'll do a good job</Tom Sawyer>
     
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    superninjagoat

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    I believe you may be right about the roofing. I've helped on a couple of roofing jobs for relatives (and where the hell are those relatives while I'm painting, huh?), and it really is a cruel job.

    Feh! Feh, I say! I'll make a deal. You come roof and paint my house (or both!) and I'll dig your garden. :D

    Please help me. It would only be a short swim for you to get here. I'd have plenty of cheap American beer and ... there's a hot redneck girl across the street you can look at .... Ok, that's about all I have to offer. But please help. :)
     

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