The Pulchritudinous of ConstructionJune 3, 2021
The majority of this week has been eventful around Das Steigerhaus. Roofer’s started deconstructing the roof (3 layers of shakes, 2 layers of shingles, and a couple holes big enough to drop a fridge through.
The first night, when they were leaving for the evening, they called me on the phone. They were concerned I would be upset by the utter disarray they were leaving around the outside of my house, especially up to the back porch (up the porch to my back door actually).
If you didn’t have to hit the dictionary for the heading of this post, I congratulate you on a vocabulary I can only assume is filled with superfluous words of grandeur. I actually found that word by happenstance. While looking up a word I heard but didn’t know, I ended up seeing “pulchritudinous” as the word of the day. I enjoyed the way it looked, so I used it.
This post is basically about the construction, and projects I’ve actively got running around my home. My neighbor’s have some serious issues with construction, construction workers, and all the mess during the process. I’m quite the opposite because I enjoy seeing the process. The dilapidation, deconstruction, and rebuilding process is beautiful to me. I’ve been quietly digging around the shingles and shakes looking for some nice shakes to use as a reminder of this house’s history (it was built in 1909, I’ve found a few shakes that have old writing on them, but none with a date yet). I’d like to make a frame to mount them in, and hang it on the wall.
I tread with all my faculties engaged because for every 5 shingles I see strewn about my property, 10 of them have nails facing pointy end up (yes, that was an exaggeration, 10 is more than 5, I’m making a point that there are a glorious amount of nails to navigate around when approaching either entrance to my home). I enjoy talking to most of the construction guys, and learn a lot seeing their process. The tools they use are also interesting. (What man doesn’t like seeing tools in use that he doesn’t own). I honestly do not know how they do roofing as a career though. Today is 91* (F), and not much of a breeze. I remember the long days on the ramp with 50 jets running, sitting on a darkly painted bomb truck, in full uniform and instantly get goose bumps like I did back then (Yes, you can get goose bumps when you get really hot, really fast). Places to hot and dry you never felt any sweat, and other places that your sweat never evaporated so you were basically soaking wet all day (Middle finger to you North Carolina, Florida, Okinawa, Misawa, and Korea).
There is no telling what color I choose for the roof (I think I picked Burch – I dunno, just pointed to the lightest color they offered, and picked it). I really like how a dark roof looks, but I like keeping the heat down as much as possible more. I doubt it’ll make much of a difference in my power bill. I just “assume” a light colored roof will keep the house a few degrees cooler than a black roof like my neighbors (good looking house). If it’s too off color (pun intended) I’ll have my front porch painted to match or contrast it appropriately. I need to have my front porch painted, and the pillars are peeling (already), so it’s getting close to being needed.
I also had the stump guy come and take my money. He did a good job, but it seems they make a pretty good killing on stump grinding. Two stumps, each about 24″ across cost me more than it would have cost to pay the ticket for setting off two sticks of dynamite in the stumps and blowing them to high heaven. One was about 6″ above the ground, and the other was rotten and about 3′ tall (if that). Took him about an hour total to setup, grind, chain saw the tall stump down, grind, clean up, and leave. That’s some pretty good hourly wage right there.
I’ve also been calling (contacting) electricians to come wire up my detached garage. In my mind it is pretty basic. Run a line from the house to the garage, wire up the circuit breakers in the garage, connect them to the exterior circuit breaker box on the side of the house, and call it good. Nope, it’s between $2500, and $4000 to make that little 15′ run. My garage is very small (single car on a good day). My air compressor isn’t a monster, and there’s only need for 3 or 4 circuit breakers in my garage (if that). I only need them to run the wire down the weather head (cuz I’m afraid of heights), connect the house side, run it down the weather head on my garage, connect it to the garage side, and I’ll do the outlets, circuit breaker additions, and routing.
The electrical work, new paint to match the new roof, and HOPEFULLY chopping down the big messy trees along my back fence will be next summer. If I’m successful in winning the lottery, I’d LOVE to get my back driveway area graveled (or paved), and find a 2 post lift for between my house and garage. I almost bought a 2 post lift a few months ago, but lack the 220 volts to utilize it.
Hopefully the housing market will remain healthy for sellers long enough for me to dump some money into my home and sell it. I really love my house, but the garage and lack of parking has me yearning for a place with more modern conveniences (like a good sized garage, adequate parking, 3+ bedrooms, 2+ bathrooms, efficient AC, and room for a lift).
Alright, that’s enough putting words out there for the sake of putting words out there.
Anyone and everyone that stumbles across this shit hole of a web site, please take care of yourself, enjoy ALL the moments, don’t take the good times for granted, and please, for the sake of all that is wholesome, do NOT put pineapple on any fucking pizza .. EVER! (And if your parents are still alive, tell them hello, hug them if you can, and be the person they can be proud of even if you didn’t turn out like they wanted you to).