A Window for Shingling

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.





  1. Anthony Bianchini on February 14, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Great to see the caulk which will play a role in sealing the precious heat in, given the impending temperature drop.

  2. Stewart McLean on February 14, 2019 at 7:36 pm

    BABY STEPS ALERT ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

  3. David Gervais on February 14, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    I was wondering why don’t you use building wrap before you re-shingle or re-side an area. It’s not doing the whole house, but at least it’s part of it. The film also provides some extra water barrier; these are areas where water infiltration has been a problem already. I

    • Ross on February 14, 2019 at 9:04 pm

      Hi, David!

      I am using old-fashion tar paper!

  4. A.H. on February 15, 2019 at 12:13 am

    Amazing how the house resembles a living thing. The framing is like bones, the striated sheathing is like muscle strands, the tar paper is skin, and the shingles look like the beautiful feathers!

    Of course, this is a thought I would never say out loud, only online.

  5. Stephanie on February 15, 2019 at 1:15 am

    It never ceases to be a thrill to see the progress you are making, Ross. Bringing order and restoration and beauty back to the house, bit by bit.

  6. Emily on February 15, 2019 at 7:36 am

    Wooo!! What a wonderful way to share Valentine’s Love with the Cross house, by dressing it’s wounds and showing some lovin’ to the siding!! Keep it up, this house is so fortunate to have you bringing it back from the brink, and not just bringing it back, but making it shine like a crown jewel!

  7. David F on February 15, 2019 at 10:00 am

    I’ve read about dipping the shingles in paint to coat both sides. The theory is that the moisture absorption is evened out to avoid cupping. I know you have plenty of experience with the whole shingles-as-siding thing, and wondered what your thoughts are?

  8. Carl on February 15, 2019 at 4:15 pm

    Custome cutting those mix-stack cedar shingles is tremendously tedious work and I commend your diligence. Have you considered forging your own nails to make it even more authentic?

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