Inching Along. SQUEE!!!!!!!!


  1. Sandra G. McNichol on November 5, 2019 at 2:27 am

    Hi Ross! 🙂
    As always, I am cheering you on!
    Question: all your pics seem to show you not priming before painting the finish color – are you using primer, or not? If not, I’m surprised – please share your reasons for making this choice.
    Thanks much!

    • Ross on November 5, 2019 at 8:47 am

      Hi, Sandra!

      Oh yes, I be using primer!

      It dries clear, so you never see it.

  2. Seth Hoffman on November 5, 2019 at 7:49 am

    Quite the transformation! Nice work!

  3. Mike on November 5, 2019 at 9:07 am

    This may have been asked before, but do you plan on installing some sort of railing or guard in the two openings? We do not want to hear 20 years from now that “Retired Ross” tumbled out of his upstairs porch…there was an old house near us (no longer extant) with a similar porch, and they had what looked like a 2″ iron bar (painted black) installed horizontally across the opening. Another similar house actually had about an 18″ high railing with little short spindles; it was pretty, but I think it sort of diminished the effect of the opening.

    • Mike on November 5, 2019 at 9:10 am

      BTW, this corner is really looking great! With each face you restore, I decide that the current one is my favorite; I must now state that my favorite sides of the Cross House are the West, East, North, and South faces, LOL…

    • Ross on November 5, 2019 at 10:03 am

      Hi, Mike!

      I don’t plan any kind of railing for the larger, south arched opening. because,e if you fall out, you will just land on the roof a foot below.

      The smaller, east opening is dangerous and I plan a simple metal pipe rail, painted green.

      The original drawings show no railings. Curious.

      • Mike on November 5, 2019 at 1:14 pm

        Could partially explain the shorter life expediencies in the 19th century…”Mrs Smith succumbed this morning to injuries sustained when she fell from her 2nd floor sleeping porch Tuesday last. It is noted that Mr Smith met his end after falling from the same porch three years previous…”

        • Ross on November 11, 2019 at 1:19 am

          Mike! You have a wicked sense of humor.

          I approve.

      • Dodi on November 5, 2019 at 6:23 pm

        Perhaps I’m sticking my nose in where it doesn’t belong, but Ross? Could there have been window screens? In that time frame, they were “the latest thing” so it would have appealed to Mrs. Susan. From this article, , the metal screen was heavily advertised, with even painters painting scenes on them. As a sleep porch, this would have afforded extra protection against slips in the sleeping porch as well as a measure of privacy not previously available before. With a sturdy wood frame, it would have given the extra measure of safety that most Victorians would have considered sufficient, IMO. I know that you have summer screens, I was just wondering if they were metal screens?

        • Ross on November 11, 2019 at 1:18 am

          Dodi! Wow, I’ve never seen painted window screens! How fabulous! Thank you!

      • William M. on November 6, 2019 at 3:48 pm

        Hi Ross………..An alternative to a metal pipe ‘railing’, you could use a stainless steel cable that would be virtually ‘invisible’……….I’ve seen this method on TOH, when they are restoring historical homes, and to meet current building codes…………..

        • Ross on November 11, 2019 at 1:17 am

          Thanks, William.

          I’ve thought about that but prefer, in this instance, a pipe rail.

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