Today, Justin and I erected a mini-scaffolding in the NE corner so I could paint. The “floor” boards are supported by pump jacks. So, when this section is done, it is easy to lower the boards down a few feet. I love this system.


At the end of last year we partially erected scaffolding towers on the Great North Wall.


Today we finished! It is a THRILL at last being able to get up close with the third-story gable!


The gable is in pretty good condition. Whew! I love the sweeping curve above the window.


And the curved sides!


Looking down! Scary! This gives a good idea of the built in gutters, which were relined as part of the 2014 Heritage Trust Grant. You cannot see the white from ground level.




12 Responses to Scaffolding!

  1. I woke up to snow . I thought of your posted timeline for April chores. Mother Nature graced your project today. Snow on Friday, Sunday and Monday in the 70’s. That’s life in Ohio ! !

  2. Looking great!

    BTW, while you’re up there, you might want to check that your roofing shingles are all secured down. Those old cement-fiber shingles last forever, but the nails eventually start backing out, especially at exposed edges. It looks like you might have some missing in one of those photos.

    BTW, that curved wall around the gable, with the bumped-out prow above it is amazing. It’s one of the fabulous small details I love about Queen Anne’s.

    • I live in New Jersey, and there are a lot of older homes with asbestos-fiber cement shingles here. These shingles do not have an infinite life. They last about 75yrs+-. As with a slate roof, the steeper the pitch, and the conditions it is exposed to determine its actual longevity. A roof in an arid area would have a longer life, maybe quite a lot more years, than a roof that is wet and shaded by a tree and has leaf debris that remain on the roof. A very steep pitch readily sheds water and such roofs are always in better conditions than a low-pitched roof. This is not my observations, but that of Joseph Jenkins, author of ‘The slate roof bible’. Mr. Jenkins is a master slate roofer who will work on asbestos cement shingles because most other roofers will not even touch them.

      • I do not know if my shingles are asbestos. They would have to be tested.

        There were at least two companies making such shingles in the 1920s. One company used asbestos.

        A retired roofer urged me to keep the shingles. He said that people always, in time, regretted taking them off.

        • FWIW I read a report on such shingles recently. They stopped using asbestos in the shingles and everything they used as a substitute was a failure. I am not aware of another mineral being used as a binder. Of course, the asbestos is not a danger unless the shingles are disintegrating. Next to slate, they are a very good buy. When people get rid of these shingles, they usually put on a cheap 20yr. asphalt shingle. It doesn’t look as good.

  3. I am always awestruck by the details of your home… I now look at the older home in SW MI/NW IN with a new interest to see what details I can spot!

  4. The Cross House is just so…well…curvaceous! Glad she is getting ready to receive her new colors on the Great North Wall! Here’s to an excellent painting season for Ross in Kansas!????????????

  5. I am with Marti, the details are wonderful. I am amazed that the fish scales are in such good condition around that window. Bending wood to such a degree without splitting it is an artform in itself, and that they are still true to form and not broken apart after 123 years says a lot about the quality of materials and craftsmanship that was used to build this house. It is equally great to know that, having survived 123 years, the house is fortunate enough to have someone like you, dedicated to doing it the right way.

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