The NE Corner. In the Oven.

Last week, there was a delicious respite in the weather: 72 degrees for several days.


This week though, the Gods are obviously quite angry for it hit 100 degrees this afternoon.

And what did Ross do today?

Why, he snuggle into the hot-as-Hell Tyvek suit to disk-sand the NE corner!

And why did Ross do this?



What price beauty.


A few days ago.


Today! A bit more!



  • Ross had a large industrial fan facing him on the scaffolding.
  • Ross had full shade.
  • Ross had plenty of water to drink.
  • Ross had, most importantly, an Audiobook!

A dividend of the heat is drying time. After disk-sanding, Ross was able to prime. Then, Ross was able to immediately paint on the final coat. One, two, three, and done!

So…beauty and the…heat.



  1. Leslie on June 28, 2018 at 10:07 pm

    I hope you are wearing lots of SPF 50. On a serious note, please be careful with the heat. Last Friday, one of our neighbors was on his roof, over heated and suffered a stroke. Sadly he passed away that evening.

  2. Sandra Lee on June 28, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    Beautiful result! Ross has literally turned the NE corner closer to fruition. The insanity of Tyvek, KS heat and humidity resulted in a swath of painting finished. Wonderful!

  3. Christine on June 28, 2018 at 10:24 pm

    Oh Ross, I appreciate the dedication and fortitude with which you are attacking this project. Like all your projects, you are putting your WHOLE SELF into it. I applaud you.

    I also want to caution you about heat stroke/ dehydration etc. but can’t figure out how to say it without sounding like a mother hen. Let’s just suffice it to say that it’s ok to give yourself a break when needs must.

  4. Jenine on June 28, 2018 at 10:34 pm

    You’re insane! Got to admit the results are nice though.

  5. Kim on June 28, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    At least with 100°, the humidity burns off and like you said, the paint dries lickety-split.
    Slow & steady, Ross – that house ain’t going anywhere without you. Take your time. With this heat, you can’t afford not to. 🌻

  6. Celeste on June 29, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Thank heavens you have functioning AC now so you can cool off once you are done for the day.

    I see what you mean about drying time. Wow, you’ve made a lot of progress today! Looks good.

  7. Seth Hoffman on June 29, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Any thought to cobbling a small battery fan onto your suit with duck tape? You could tape a piece of cloth or furnace filter medium over it to keep dust out.

    I’ve recently adopted classic denim bib overalls for my exterior work, unless it’s somethinf that needs more protection. I find them cooler and more comfortable than regular pants, as you don’t have a belt restricting vertical air movement. They are also a stylish fashion statement, especially with my straw sun hat!

  8. Dan Goodall-Williams on June 29, 2018 at 3:07 pm

    Coming along nicely. Do be careful. However, I am like you, when I have to do something, I do it. Just love your house!

  9. Larissa on July 1, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    I feel your pain. I am performing a city mandated lead abatement on my house and I have gotten to the exterior parts just in time for crappy weather! Well, actually the entire spring has been pretty terrible weather for painting here. lol!

    I’m nearly done with painting the porch. I am waiting for my wood epoxy to arrive and then I can power through the last bit of work. Phew! Good luck on yours- soldier on, brother!

  10. Ruairi on July 1, 2018 at 4:50 pm

    So I have just caught up on this blog and reached this post. Ross was up on scaffolding in temperatures that would burn your kidneys and no post since the 28th? Is anyone in the vicinity to check on him? I’m in ireland so it’s a bit of a trek

    • Jackie on July 2, 2018 at 4:59 am

      Ross left us with a cliff-hanger! If you’ve just been on the delightful journey through all his posts you’ll have discovered he enjoys doing that, haha.

      100 degree temps do seem almost impossible for those of us of the British Isles persuasion, don’t they!

      • Meghan, UK on July 2, 2018 at 6:28 am

        Ha! Except this month, it seems… Blasted heatwave.

        Great work, Ross.

        • Jackie on July 2, 2018 at 8:08 am

          HAHA, yeah, I know, right? What DOES the weather think it’s playing at? Hot . . . in the UK . . . in the summer . . . that’s not how it works! 😂

  11. Sandra Lee on July 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    I thought the same thing when I moved to MN— thought I left air-u-can-cut-with-a-knife back in KS! Apparently I brought it with me to the land of 10000 lakes😱

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