The Cross House

I Am Brilliant! (not)

Above each window in the Cross House, pretty much, is this kind of trim, which is common to old houses. The trim has some flashing nailed on the top, so that water running down the wall will fall AWAY from the house rather then seep down behind the trim. After 123-years though the flashing looked pretty bad. There was NO WAY I was going to reinstall this pitiful, rusted strip of metal. Moreover, this is SO not how I do window flashing.


THIS is what I do. I use nice galvanized metal which will NOT rust, and I…


…use a crimping machine at the local hardware store to bend the metal so it forms a nice, tight lid. When it was done I thought myself quite brilliant. This trim is from the east extension, and is over one of the two pantry windows. Both needed flashing.


Right after installing my brilliance, Justin and I stopped by Groh & Sons for a small thing we needed. Groh relined the gutters at the Cross House and did all the roofing, as part of the Heritage Trust Grant.

While there we spoke with John who showed us some equipment and materials we had not seen before.

Justin and I were agog as we stood before a massive, computer-controlled crimper. I began drooling.

Later, after returning to Cross House, my mind wandered off, thinking about that wondrous mighty machine, and the brown sheet metal John also showed us.

My mind kept repeating:

COMPUTER crimper!!!!!!!!

BROWN flashing!!!!!!!!

And then I knew I had no choice. None.

Although just an hour before I felt quite brilliant, now I understood that my abilities were nothing compared to what John could do.


Discarding my brilliance, I returned to John who made two COMPUTER-crimped flashing lids in BROWN. Perfection.




Up on our respective ladders, trim reinstalled, Justin and I caressed the glorious lids.

We hoped nobody was watching this odd behavior. And, I know that some of you out there would have done the same.



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