Dateline: 24 February 2017
|Me, in my element.|
The weather here has been so unseasonably warm and pleasant that I was able to get to work on siding the back of my house. If you read my recent series, Building Our Upland Dream Home, you know the story of my half-sided house. This year I'm gung-ho to get the rest of the house sided, and Marlene couldn't be happier.
I can't recall exactly why I never finished that small section of siding up near the peak so long ago. I suspect that I had more pressing things to tend to at the time. Also, working up so far off the ground with a ladder was kind of tedious.
But pipe scaffold makes the job so much easier. I bought the scaffold sections a few years ago when I re-roofed the house. It takes awhile for me to set the scaffold up by myself, but once it's done working up off the ground is so much easier!
In Part 6 of My Dream Home Series, I mentioned the Red Label #2 Western Red Cedar shingles I bought for our Dream Home back in 1984. Here's a picture of the 33-year-old shingles I still have...
Those shingles are in an old chicken coop shed, and still perfectly good. They will all get used, but I decided to buy some better quality R&R sidewall shingles to put on other sides of the back of our house that need siding.
The three square (six boxes) of Western Red Cedar sidewall shingles you see there cost me a whopping $1,272. The wonderful thing about those shingles, as compared to the #2 Red Label shingles, is that they do not require fitting. The sides are parallel and the bottoms are square to the sides. So they will go on fast. Time is of the essence here, as my mail order business will ramp up and become an enormous time-consumer in another month or so.
I wonder what a box of those shingles would have cost back in 1984? I wonder, in hindsight, and theoretically speaking, if it would have been a good investment to buy a truckload of those shingles back in 1984. I mean, would their value have paced or even exceeded inflation?
According to my local lumberyard, the cost of all lumber products are going up considerably right now. Apparently, a lumber agreement between the US and Canada has run its course and there are problems with getting a new agreement in place. As a result, the import of Canadian lumber products has been curtailed. Supply is limited. No one seems to know how this will play out. If you want to build a house this year, you are going to face a considerable increase in lumber costs. But I digress.
Here's a picture of my backyard from the top of the scaffold...
You can see a little snow still still hugging onto the north-facing slope of the gully behind our house.
And here is the finished siding finally on the peak of my house...
Before the scaffold comes down, I will wire-brush the siding and stain it. And I'll put shutters on the sides of the windows when I'm done. It's a very good feeling to get this project underway. Unfortunately, rain is in the forecast, and winter is supposed to make a comeback this weekend.