Wanna Peek?

Yesterday. Wanna see more?


Today. Justin, Scott, and I removed the top-most level of scaffolding.


Just above the triple windows on the second floor are these shingles. I expected the caked-on old paint (soon to be gone) but NOT the million nails some ding-dong pounded in. I will have to remove all these and fill the holes. Poo.


I did get some of the huge curved cornice grinded down to bare metal but I felt like I was being roasted by the sun and heat in the full Tyvek suit, the industrial fan notwithstanding.

I gave up, came home early, and took a delicious nap with the AC on arctic.

The plan is to arrive tomorrow at some ungodly hour, like 7AM, and finish the work.




  1. Brandy on July 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm

    I do not miss that about Kansas!

  2. Tiffaney on July 12, 2017 at 7:44 pm

    Why all the nails? I know nothing about this kind of thing, but even to me that seems like overkill.

    • Ross on July 12, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      I am as confused as you are!

      • Eric U. on July 13, 2017 at 6:21 pm

        I would guess that the shingles were starting to loosen up a bit and this was a repairman’s solution. I doubt that they are noticeable from the ground… why not just make sure they are snug and paint over them rather than removing them and filling holes? They may well be overkill, but they were put there for a reason. Anything you could do to conserve time on a project this huge is worth considering! Looks AMAZING, by the way!

        • Ross on July 14, 2017 at 8:20 am

          Yesterday, I pulled the nails out but most of the shingles cracked in the process. So I removed the whole upper corner. Sigh. But not a big deal, actually.

          It was obvious that the corner was repaired a decade or so ago. And, rather than HIDING the nails the installer just nailed in plain sight.

          And paint over exposed nail heads? Oh, the horror! The horror!

  3. Stewart McLean on July 12, 2017 at 9:36 pm

    The old paint reminds me that I wanted to ask about the grinder that you have previously mentioned for removing it. What kind of attachment do you use? If it a sanding attachment do you use one grit of sandpaper or start coarse and work your way to finer? I would be afraid of leaving circular swirls on the shingle, but see no sign of that on your previously painted areas. Please advise because I am preparing myself to remove such paint from my house’s exterior window trim.

  4. glenn on July 13, 2017 at 12:25 pm

    Grinded?? My inner child-of-an-English-teacher is frothing on the ground.

    • Ross on July 14, 2017 at 8:15 am


      What would be the correct grammar?

      If I have a grinder, and used it on the cornice, I would write….?

      • Kerri on July 14, 2017 at 9:06 am

        I’m no English teacher, but I think the past tense of grind is still grind. Glenn?

        • Eric U. on July 14, 2017 at 9:52 am

          It’s “ground”.

      • glenn on July 14, 2017 at 6:52 pm


  5. Karrin Huhmann on July 13, 2017 at 3:38 pm

    I am so awed by you being able to work in the heat we’ve had the last few days.

    • Ross on July 14, 2017 at 8:22 am

      Yesterday I arrived before the heat at 7:30, grinded (sorry, Glenn!) for an hour, removed damaged shingles, and went back home!

      • Stewart McLean on July 14, 2017 at 11:26 am

        You could say grinding away for an hour, removing…. if you are trying to please the grammar police. I noticed grinder too as well as Glenn’s little joke about writhing on the, drumroll please, GROUND. If you were raised hearing things one way spoken, it always feels awkward when it is said or written otherwise. “Ground for an hour” sounds awkward because there is no reference to what you ground. Ground paint for an hour, tells the reader what you were grinding, but we knew what you meant in the first place. I read your blog to hear what you are doing, not to correct your english. I have a friend who has a PHD in English who intentionally uses the incorrect form for effect.

        But hoo really cares. I just want to no what attachment you yuse on your grinder so I ken tri your techneek on my house’s trim.

        • Ross on July 14, 2017 at 6:40 pm

          I am always happy to have any bad grammar on my part pointed out.

          Hopefully, I will learn something!

        • glenn on July 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

          You can get very aggressive sanding discs for grounders, but they can inflict big pain if you slip and hit your knuckles.

          • Stewart McLean on July 14, 2017 at 6:58 pm

            Not as bad as if the catcher doesn’t use his glove when catching a pitch. Those pitches can hurt.

  6. Sandra Lee on July 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    Poor dear Ross– melting in KS. I am so happy you rested in the cool– you needed it!!

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