Yesterday and today, the temperature shot up to almost 60, so I returned to work re-shingling the second-floor south wall. Tomorrow, the temperature plummets to the 20s. So, there will be no updates for a bit!
All the second-floor shingles flare out at the bottom, and rest against a galvanized metal trim piece. This is the only area where the trim piece has been exposed. Cool.
Initially, I left some remaining original shingles (right) so assure that the new shingles matched perfectly.
The pink shingles are new. The darker shingles are original, reversed, and then pre-sanded. Another project was getting the roof flashing right. It was a mess (and still is, partially), and not doing its job. Also, the wide seams in the original diagonal sheathing have all been caulked. Seal those air leaks! The window frame has already been rebuilt/restored, and the sashes are restored.
While the siding on the west, north, and east side of the house proved, mostly, in good original condition, this cannot be said of the siding on the south side. ALL of it will be removed and most of it replaced. This is a testament to the fact that the sun just brutalizes wood, and of gutters not properly attended for many many decades.
Sun & water. Two mortal enemies of houses.