Assorted Repairs

July 2005
Aug 2005
Nov 2005
Jan 2006
Feb 2006
May 2006
July 2006
Aug 2006
Oct 2006
Back Porch
Pecan Tree
Kitchen 1
Kitchen 2
Kitchen 3
Dig Footers
Build Foundation
Filling an Antique Septic Tank
Floor Joists
Framing Day 1
Framing Day 2
Framing Day 3
Framing Day 4
New windows
Sewer Line
Water Line
West Wall
East Wall
South Wall-West Gable
Front Door
New East Wall
New West Wall
New North Wall
Last New Wall
Front Porch

Fixing Front Screen Door

We needed to have ventilation through the house but didn't want the front door wide open. The only screen door we had was from the back door but it was slightly shorter than the front door. After adding some new screening and hardware, we had a functioning door we could hook shut. It made a really neat "bang" sound when the spring pulled it shut.

We had plans to bring our biscuit cutter down from WV and add an extension on the bottom of the door.

Neighbor Lamar shared a story with us about a snake getting trapped between his screen and front doors. I don't think that would have been a problem for us.

Fixing Roof Leaks

One day while we were inspecting the attic, we noticed we could see daylight at the top corner of the roof. Jim got creative with the scaffolding, some extension ladders and a bunch of rope. Elizabeth stood by on the ground with camera in one hand (documenting the event) and cell phone (ready to dial 911) in the other.

Moving Front Sidewalk

When the house was built in 1895 the road in front of the house dead-ended at the cemetery that can barely be seen in the distance. Over time, the street was connected to the main road to the south, paved, and became a favorite route for rush hour traffic. No one now dared to stop on the street except the City Marshall (who dropped off our tax statement receipt one day). We decided to remove the front sidewalk and discourage stopping in the street. The plan called for the sidewalk to connect the porch with the driveway. Looking around at our neighbors homes, we saw that they also had over time removed their sidewalks to the street.