Now that the east face of The Glade is fully painted with “Sandy Hook Gray” it’s time to look at the western face.
We’re saving the white trim painting as a separate project.
The area most difficult to reach is above the side porch on the west side of the house. I googled different ways to safely paint above a porch roof and didn’t come up with a definitive answer.
Our carpenter friend
told showed us how to connect a sturdy 2 by 4 cleat to the roof with long screws. Of course we didn’t want to put holes in our new roof but he said when we remove the 2 by 4 immediately lift the roof shingle with the hole, fill under it with roof sealant, and smooth the shingle back down over the hole. (Do it immediately so as not to forget where the hole actually is.)
Then he put another 2 by 4 at right angles to the first to give a secure footing. I told him that his 2-board approach to ladder stabilizers and sawhorses is unique but makes a lot of sense. He told me he’s a big guy and appreciates the added security.
He and Charlie hoisted the 24-foot extension ladder, which has been reduced to one 12-foot section, onto the porch roof. To reach the middle area he also placed a cleat that would support our shorter A-frame ladder.
Charlie started at the peak of the roof scraping, caulking, and priming.
As I said, normally we would paint the trim as a separate project but in this case, while the ladders are set, it makes sense to do everything.
I’m pretty sure this ongoing series of house painting posts is encouraging other would-be painters to think twice before they start a similar project. Our goal for the shingles and trim is the end of October this year.
Do you have tall enough ladders to reach all parts of your house?