We’ll post an update on the status of that siding at some point, but for today: the cool stuff we found.
First is an image of the branding of the house paper. This is the paper that goes behind siding.
and you can buy this ad from the company on ebay. It gives you the full engraving of the girl with the waterproof building paper.
The second thing we found was this cool note on the building paper.
It’s a bit tough to read but it says Shattuck Arlington which is the local hardware store. Shattuck has been in Arlington since 1857. It is just so cool that someone wrote this on the building paper 100 years ago!
A coworker of mine just bought a house and he got our Pressure Washer going on the vinyl siding of his now blue house. While we had it up and running, I had Stefan Pressure wash the front porch. Just in time for Halloween!
We squeezed in one final tandem bike-commute to work by coming home at about 2:00 so Stefan could pressure wash. It was an unseasonably warm Tuesday in October. After the end of Daylight Savings on Nov 2, the bike-commute season is over unless you fancy riding your bike in the pitch black darkness that is 5:00 PM in this part of the country.
The Porch floor was in rough shape. I’m not sure why it was so bad but I think the Thompson’s Water Seal we used to seal the deck never fully absorbed and the dirt stuck into it. Maybe we put it on too thick. I’m not sure. I think we’re going to switch to a different sealer product.
Before, it was bad, real bad and After, it’s a pretty reddish brown wood color!
It was a satisfying change. It seems the Thompson’s Water Seal did it’s job. The water still beads off even after pressure washing and under all the dirt the wood has hardly grayed at all. If it didn’t hold onto dirt like it does, we would be super happy with it.
Stefan hit the Porch swing with the pressure washer and discovered some peeling. I’m thinking of painting it a lavender. I’ve got this vision of a lavender porch swing and lavender rocking chairs on the porch. The porch is currently cream and the house will been a mossy green at some point. What do you think?
For now, since the water still seems to be beading, I think we are going to toss a layer of the water Seal on the steps for the winter and leave the porch floor as-is. In the spring, we are going to use a decking cleaner/sealer system on the floor. I still need to do some research on what products work the best. I’ll let you know what we decide.
If you have any suggestions, let us know in the comments!