I didn't get much done on the house this week. It rained, I had to work on Friday, my son got called in on overtime and couldn't help, and my mom was working her part-time job on my days off. That's a nice list of excuses, isn't it? I still have about half of the wall left to do, so here's a before pic to motivate me this Wednesday, Thursday and Friday:
On all of the windows is a tiny piece of quarter-round running vertically on each side of the window, which I'm guessing was put there to make the windows seem a little less like they're buried in cedar shingles. I did manage to pull all that off the windows. After that I moved on to the area just behind the dining room bay and encountered a board bolted to the wall. (Hence my call to Bob.) He came over and expressed his opinion, deadpan, that "That's the board that holds the front porch on." Shurrrre it is. Here's where it was:
(I didn't manage to get a before pic.) Oh, and take a look at that gutter. Is that big piece of aluminum really necessary? All the sticks and pine cones and other debris get caught in it, and I'm forever cleaning it out. I'm open to any better ideas.
Anyway, here's what the board was held on with:
Three bolts and 9 or 10 nails. No idea why the board was there. My neighbor Travis had his own opinion. "Maybe they were gonna add something there that needed a lot of support and never finished it." That sounds reasonable. But if my front porch falls off in the middle of the night, I'll know Bob was correct.