The Cross House
My plan for today was to prime and paint this last bit of the Great North Wall!
My plan however was thwarted.
For, see the siding under the window? Well, on the left side, I noticed that the bottom two feet of siding was loose where it met the vertical corner trim.
No problem! I would just pound in some nails!
Which I did.
But the nails did not, as became obvious, hit anything behind the siding.
No matter how many nails I pounded in, the siding did not become, you know, stable. And only one reason could explain this.
There was no there there behind the siding.
Oh. Oh shit.
This meant that whatever HAD been behind the siding had rotted away. And this, I knew, had been caused by the lower part of the downspout which had gone missing many decades previously. Even though I had cobbled on a mismatched downspout to correct this issue shortly after buying the house, the truncated downspout had been pouring water onto the bottom edge of the house rather than onto the ground.
Water + wood = rot.
I could have ignored the siding-not-connected problem. I mean, all looked perfectly fine. I could have just caulked the left side of the siding and that, kinda sorta, would have held it in place.
But I am, sigh, not a kinda sorta kinda guy.
So, while my day did not go as planned, I had a pretty good day!
The moral of the story?
MAINTAIN YOUR GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS!
Oh, and…make sure your sound is on…