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Days 8 & 9 – Window Completion, Paint Selection & Door Issues

Thursday
We left the shack an hour late because roasting took longer than usual (due to frequent interruptions by cars – a good thing).  One of our customers met us at the house because he wanted a tour.  After saying goodbye to him and scarfing down dinner, we finally started working on the north face windows.  We taped the three windows and called it a night.

Friday
Again, some kind of weird time warp occurred and the day passed faster than we anticipated.  We somehow missed lunch entirely.  After work, we sped home to eat and then went back to town to buy paint.  That’s right, we picked out our paint colors!  After a long discussion with the sales rep and some internet research, we picked Sherwin Williams – Superpaint for the siding and Resiliance for the trim and door.  Our first choice was actually the Superpaint all around, but they didn’t have it in Gloss in the quart size.

We made it to the house around 7:00pm with about 60-90 minutes of light left.  I started caulking the nail holes and seams and Brian started investigating the door.  It needs to be shimmed and have Magic Tape applied around it.  Unfortunately, he found that the door was not installed properly and nearly catches in the upper corner of the open side.  Once painted, it may drag against the frame.  This necessitated a repair task prior to weatherizing the door and opening.

We noticed this pencil line on the exterior of the house.  Perhaps not cutting the board properly contributed to the door opening not being big enough.  Hmmm?

We noticed this pencil line on the exterior of the house. Perhaps not cutting the board properly contributed to the door opening not being big enough. Hmmm?

This is a shot from the inside of the too-big exterior siding, clearly extending beyond the the opening.

This is a shot from the inside of the too-big siding, clearly extending beyond the the opening.

Both of our repair tasks that night should have been avoided by a proper end cap install.  Speaking of which, we took some pictures of the other issues we described in our summary post.

New nail installed next to deeply embedded nail.

New nail installed next to deeply embedded nail.  Notice exposed siding innards.

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While investigating how to fix the out of square door opening, we decided to fully remove the prehung door.  The crew had assured us that caulk would be under the threshold.  It was disappointing to discover this was not the case, and hopefully there aren’t any other serious oversights.

After 30 minutes of battling a leaky caulk gun and coming to the conclusion that a wet paper towel was NOT the right tool for wiping off excess caulk, I decided to stop.  Brian also had an issue with the new saw, so it was good timing.  We stayed long enough to watch the sunset and catch our giant owl friend alight on the same tree as the first time.

It wasn't until later that night that I investigated how to properly use a caulk gun.  I discovered that they have brakes!  This rudimentary system worked for the first night, but going forward I just popped the pressure using the break.

It wasn’t until later that night that I investigated how to properly use a caulk gun. Sometimes I jump the (caulk) gun.  I discovered that they have brakes! This rudimentary system worked for the first night, but going forward I will relieve the pressure using the brake.

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As always, I have a variety of assistants at the ready to pick up a hammer or whack a frisbee against my leg.

This is an excellent picture of the our heightened building pad.  Trooper likes to lay near the edge and survey our neighbors.

This is an excellent picture of the our heightened building pad (notice neighbor’s roof). Trooper likes to lay near the edge and survey our neighborhood.

For a full summary of our experience with Arched Cabins, please read Arched Cabin Summary.

2 Comments

  1. Maybe I missed it, but what was the told cost breakdown of the building?

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