Inching Along. Westerly.

It seems as if this corner is going to take 629 years to finish. OK, maybe I exaggerate. It will likely only take 485 years to finish. But…the side to the right is done! The current work is on the west wall. The small window (restored!!!!!!!!) lights the original second-floor bathroom.




  1. Cody H on May 18, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    Are you going to tackle the shingles on the inside of the porch while you’re in the area, or continue with the exterior face?

  2. Tony T on May 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    I live two minutes down the road from Westerly, RI and I thought, “OMG is Ross is in the area!?!?” Hahahahahahaha

  3. Kim on May 19, 2019 at 8:12 am

    I wondered about that little window – never really noticed it before. I need to get back to the 2nd floor plans to figure out where that is in relation to the sewing room – it’s so close to the balcony.
    The working area seems small but, there’s so much going on that it feels to you as if its taking forever. Perseverance! Of all people Ross, you know it always pays off.
    Holy cowboys! Just think of the eleventy-eleven hundred rows of clapboard you’ve already sanded, primed, & painted! 🌻

  4. Dan Goodall-Williams on May 19, 2019 at 8:33 am

    This just warms my heart. I love seeing it come back to life. Sure it feels forever, but look at all you do besides this! Fantastic work.

  5. Patsy on May 19, 2019 at 11:44 pm

    Is it an optical illusion or are you adjusting the shingles If so why?

    • Ross on May 20, 2019 at 12:15 am

      Hi, Patsy!

      Due to settlement issues, the new shingles do not align with the old shingles. But all will look ideal when done!

      • Stewart Mclean on May 22, 2019 at 6:22 pm

        -Does that mean that the new shingles are going on level even though the old ones are off due to settling of the house? If so, how do you make sure that they will all meet at the same point as you shingle the last corner, the idea being that if you started with everything level at one corner, keeping things level all the way around from West to North to East to South walls will result in everything meeting at the right point. For me level is level, but I find that over the long walls circling an entire house, I don’t know how to adjust things so, if I was doing it, I fear the levels would not be likely to match up when I reached the last corner.
        -I signed on to say that I live vicariously for your posts on the Cross House and need another, not being pushy or anything,(PUSH, it’s, PUSH, been, PUSH, four, PUSH, days). If I don’t see another house post soon, I may have to get my own life. I am not sure that that is something I am ready to face.
        -Actually I am amazed at how much you get done and are enjoying the journey more than setting deadlines.

        • Dan Goodall-Williams on May 22, 2019 at 7:00 pm

          I agree Stewart!

          • Patsy on May 22, 2019 at 8:13 pm

            I agree with Stewart and Don and check to see if you have posted daily.When I first saw this pictures thought if the shingles don’t line up how is he going to adjust that at the top?and around the corner.I am sure the house did not settle evenly thus keeping level would cause problems top and bottom .Just an old lady from Canada who has read all post and comments and learned a lot.

  6. Linda Brandt on May 22, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Its already the 23rd of May here in Australia and was hoping to see more progress with that corner, 5 days without a post is giving me withdrawal symptoms, starting to just randomly read past posts

  7. Seth Hoffman on May 24, 2019 at 12:21 am

    Great to see more progress again! You should start reporting estimates of number of nails driven, or shingles installed. It would illustrate that what looks like slow progress is actually pretty fast!

    I have not worked on shingled houses, but done a fair bit of repair and installation of wood clapboards. It’s actually quite handy how you can fudge the reveal to even things out, as well as match door and window sills and head casings. The standard practice was to make an initial story pole with the theoretical reveal (i.e. 3″), then take it around the house and mark the top and bottom of windows, then shift the reveals so as many rows lined up dead at sills and heads. shifting a stretch 1/8″ per board isn’t noticeable to the eye. For houses with mitered outside corners, you have to follow the same story pole all the way around, but for corner boards, you can break around corners, as they don’t have to line up, and you don’t get a clear enough vantage point to see the discontinity unless you are really searching for it.

    I’ve adjusted reveals at a slope as well, to accomodate out-of-level structures as it appears Ross is doing. It’s remarkable how it blends in. For most things, it’s less important to be truely square or level, as it is to maintain alignment. The human mind is trained to make comparisons, rather than objective measurements, so lining up matters a whole lot more than being level or square.

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