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Full metal (window) jacket

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The front of the house, circa 2015

One of the jobs on my 2017 New Year’s Houseolutions list was to paint the external window frames. Given I did the front and back doors in the early part of my holidays, and was looking for things I could do without DIY Dad assistance, external window frames seemed achievable.

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Looking from the dining room window to the rest of the windows to be painted (taken in 2016)

I had scrape, sand, then use a rust converter on some of them, as they had spot rust, then prime them twice and then do 2 topcoats on them. On top of this, I had to work around when the sun hits some of these windows and also when it was too hot during the day to paint plus a 16 hour drying time between coats.

So I split the windows into 3 groups: back windows except the studio window (I couldn’t unscrew the bolt keeping that window shut, so had to wait until DIY Dad was free to unscrew it), the front windows and the studio and office windows. The back windows are pretty shaded, they get the sun from about 4.30pm onwards. The front window get the sun until 2pm by which time it’s too hot to paint, but if you get up super early (like 5am) you can paint them while the sun is lower in the sky and it’s not as hot. The side window (the office window) gets the sun from about 1pm onwards.

This is a little like one of those awful physics questions, but what it meant was that if I was painting several of these groups in a day, it had to be done in the following order:

  • Front windows
  • Side window
  • Back windows (or if I missed the window before it got too hot, I could come back and do these at 3.30-4.00pm, or after 7.00pm at night)

Back windows, looking from the bathroom, across the newly painted back door and window (they were wood), to the kitchen and on to the dining room window:

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And so it begins…

The back windows where the first to be started. I used the extra wide blue painters masking tape for the windows as some of the window parts are quite narrow, and I didn’t want to have to clean a lot of paint off the glass if I could help it.

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Primed and ready to be top-coated

It is a commonly acknowledged fact that to fix something around your house, before it’s fixed everything has to get a lot messier.

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Looking back at the priming

My front windows took ~45 minutes to an hour to mask, so I started each group of windows in waves.

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A shed load of masking tape.

In case you wondered: I used 3 x 54.8m long rolls of masking tape. That’s 164.4m of window panes that I masked. That’s beyond a shed load of masking tape, into a f*ck load of masking tape.

And once I masked them, I had to paint them x 4 times, waiting 4 hours till they were touch dry and I could close the window, and 16 hours before I could recoat. Once the last coat was on and dry, I then had to remove the portion of the 164.4m of masking tape on those panes of glass. It was an epic job.

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First to be completed, the back windows barring the studio.

I suspect I would be feeling a warm sense of fulfilment at a job well done, if I wasn’t feeling so tired right now.

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Once I could move everything back into place, I could also clean the back garden.

I’ve also painted the gas meter box (also metal) in the same colour (did that when I did the front windows). One day I will take a photo so you can admire my matchy-matchy painting skills. In the meantime, here’s a photo of the front with the windows complete and the masking tape just removed.

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More epic than Lord of the Rings.

So…15 days into 2017, and one New Year Houseolution = done AND my epic holiday window painting (exterior) task = done. I look forward to a world where I am not moving ladders, chairs or milk crates holding a 1L can of paint in one hand, and a paint brush in the other. I look forward to not having to think about temperatures and angles of the sun throughout the day. I look forward to not having to clean up with turps. Mostly I just look forward to not using my arms for a while.

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Hipsta before shot from 2015 😀

Another holiday job was to paint the exterior windows and doors to my house. Most of the windows are steel, some with a little rust that needed treatment, so it made sense to split the job into front and back door (and window)…and windows. Apart from the different pre-painting treatments required, there are significantly different drying times for metal paint vs wood paint.

Again, I had to scrape, sand and fill the doors and their surrounds. I removed the fly screens on the front and the back doors. The back door screen is in such bad nick, I have popped it aside to chuck. I have kept the front doors but as yet have not put them back on…since I intend to get security screens at some point this year.

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Front door and meter box, pre-painting.

The back door was in particularly bad condition in terms of painting surface: a lot of the original paint had peeled and flaked away, probably as a result of the weather:

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Back door and window, pre-painting.

Given the doors appear to cop a bit of weather (mainly the back door, but since I was on a roll), I primed with an oil-based primer and did 2 coats to ensure full coverage.

Once that was done, it took 3 coats of the British Paints exterior in Ironstone (it’s a colorbond colour, not that I have colourbond but it was really nice) to coat the wood. I even did the meter box out the front (in truth: while I was painting the front door, I completely blanked that there was a wooden meter box about 1m away that could also do with a paint…luck there’s a quick drying time on these paints, so I was able to prime x 2 and paint x 3 in 2 days):

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Front door looking very distinguished.

I haven’d finished cleaning the glass to get rid of the paint accidentally splattered or painted on the doors, but that’s not an urgent job…

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The after shot. Looking mighty fine.

I did find the coverage of the wood exterior paint to be a bit painful: dark colour on light primer, so it took between 3-4 coats to do these surfaces.

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I’ve noticed this week that there is a mystery marauder who seems to have a predilection for brussel sprouts. To whit, this mysterious figure of crime has eaten the tips of two of my brussel sprout plants as well as all the leaves of one.

Although my gardening book does say to pinch out the growing tips when the bottom sprouts reach a desired size; I do feel that also taking all the leaves, as well as the growing tips, kind of defeats the purpose. Obviously this mysterious marauder does not have the same access to garden wisdom as I do.

I have yet to identify the culprit, but I have collected the following evidence:

Perry Maison and the case of eaten sprouts

Of course it’s very well to bring down the criminal mastermind, but I would prefer to do it before they eat all my sprout plants rather than afterwards. I have already had to rescue three from a virulent encampment of aphids, so these sprouts are already under a state of constant seige.

Not that I necessarily want to eat any of the sprouts, since I mainly planted them to gratify DIY Dad…who for some strange, and obviously not inherited reason, actually likes Brussel Sprouts (weirdo).

Although my garden books tell me to expect aphids, mealy mouthed something or others; I am pretty sure no insect is doing this damage. I am also pretty sure neither of the two feline majesties inhabiting this domicile have developed (or would that be sprouted?) a taste for brassicas.

My only conclusion is…birds. Ravenous,  brassica liking…birds (weirdos).

So this week’s Home-made Sunday project was to make a bird scarer out of items I found around my home:

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Those being:

  • A bunch of old DVDs and CDs I never need to use again
  • A pair of scissors
  • Some PVA glue
  • A glue brush
  • A ball of jute string/twine

If you wanted to, you could use fishing line or a poly string that you have lying around your house. Obviously jute is not going to be as long lasting, but it is useful to have for wrapping presents and etc.

Firstly, you need to glue the CDs/DVDs together, label side in. I actually colour coordinated all my DVDs and CDs so the purple DVDs made my front garden bird scarer and the CDs made a garden mobile for my lemon tree…but you don’t need to be that…design oriented.

And with these, I shall go all McGyverish and make me a boat

(Speaking of “…design oriented”, I also made sure to roughly match the burnt sides of the discs. So half used discs were stuck together and fully used discs were stuck together. What can I say…it’s the little things…)

Once the CDs/DVDs are glued together, make sure to clean off any excess glue on the shiny sides with a damp cloth – this might be an important step if you have drafted your children to create bird scarers and etc….

Then knot some twine around the CD’s/DVD’s to provide and additional hold and to also give you something to tie/loop your pivot points to.

You can go simple, as I did with my bird scarer:

C'etait simple

Or more fancy, as I did with my garden mobile:

C'etait "fancy"

You then want to create pivot loops, so get your jute and create 2cm loops that you will string through your holding twine and which will work as pivot points and make sure your CDs/DVDs swing any which way but loose:

Jute so much fun.

This example is for the bird scarer – where I am going to suspend another line of twine between stakes in my garden and hook these onto it. For the mobile, you’ll want to make sure you tie both your CDs/DVDs onto the pivot loop.

And the end result?

You have a schmancy garden mobile using items you would otherwise throw away or leave gathering dust until you can work out how you want to destroy them:

A little bit fancy...

Or a shmancy bird scarer too:

If they wore boots, those birds would be shaking in them. Shaking, I tells you

I have even videoed my efforts so you can see how they work 😉

Garden Mobile

Bird scarer

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Getting to the (re)point

I have just started a month of holidays (tra la tra lee, yippee and other expressions of joy) and thought the next four weeks would find me doing alot of nothing.

That’s right, a huge amount of nothing, with a side of nothing and a sprinkle of nothing on top.

However it seems DIY Dad has other plans for me.

It all started with a gentle discussion about the (eventual) need to render my house – there’s been a miscellaneous amount of re-pointing done by several peeps, so rendering will make everything look “uniform”.

To render, one first has to complete the re-pointing to fix problems like this:

There's a hole in the mortar, dear tacha, a hole

Well and good, but it suddenly appears DIY Dad has decided that these holidays are the ones where I shall fix this problem.

To that end, he has given me  a demonstration of re-pointing using a trowel (0:43 of the video below) and, as a result, I have decided if I am going to do this on my holidays, then I would rather use a mortar gun (1:52 of the video below):

Which looks a little like a icing syringe or a piping bag (cake decorating stuffs)…

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