The Cross House
My neighbor, Eric, a fellow Squires home owner, climbed out on the scaffolding with me for a visit.
I pointed out my current worry: the huge galvanized cornice no longer met the end wall due to settling. I was filling this gap with sheet metal, attached with self-tapping screws.
“Oh, no. You should use rivets,” Eric said.
Rivets? Like how ships were built a century ago? These required somebody on the outside and inside. How was I going to do that?
“No, no. These rivets are easy. All you need is a $20 rivet tool.”
I had never heard of this. The next day though, I was the very excited owner of a new wonder device.
Sealing up the gap between cornice and wall also resolved a long-standing issue: Birds.
Since buying the house in 2014, birds regularly get inside. This panics me as I am terrified they will, well, you know. I even leave bowls of water and birdseed on the top floor to assure any bird can stay hydrated and fed until I can get it back outside.
However, since filling the cornice gap I have not had a single bird in the house! So, it seem that THIS was their unauthorized entry portal.
Thus, I feel victorious on several levels.
And thanks, Eric!