We were finally ready to start painting. But first, A couple of minor details. We had to pick the colors so this involved a bunch of different samples and some test swatches to see how it looks against the brick. We also needed to test how well the paint wood it here to the PVC to see if we needed to prime it or not, so an adhesion test was done.
Although the PVC trim was able to take paint directly, the existing would need to be primed. Before I can do that, I thought it best to cover my neighbors car, as I was pretty sure she did not want her car to be primed with my house.
In order to keep paint drips off of the brick, something that previous professional painters did not bother with, we attach some drop cloths to the front of the house. These actually blew out slightly from the base which provided very good coverage in trapping all of the drips of paint. With the priming done we’re ready to start painting the colors. We started with the base color, sort of a tan, called Abby Stone. An interesting painting accessory, was this little paint cup that along with a nice handle and liners, it had a magnet on the backside which will hold the brush for you when you want to change hands or just take a break.
With the basecoat done, it was time to start the accent color which was a dark blue, known as secret society.
With the façade done, we could start taking down the scaffolding, and as we went down the front of the house, paint the window frames of the downstairs windows. The attic windows we actually could do for the roof or from inside the attic itself. Before we could take the last top bit of scaffold down we had to finish the last piece of trim which had been backordered.
The scaffold got stacked up in the gangway, and we were able to paint the front door using regular ladders.
With the framing the place, and the work done it was time to do some sheathing. Although you don’t typically paint the sheathing, this seems like a good time to experiment with color combinations and patterns. It also seems to be easier to do all the priming and painting inside downstairs rather than up on the scaffold. After priming the plywood and marking the pattern out with the pencil, I went over the edges with masking tape for the basecoat.
Once the yellow paint was mostly dry I could remove the masking tape and came back and just with a careful hand, added in the green trim color. In the actual facia this will be raised trim but for now will just go with the color.
Once the green paint has dried, I hoisted the sheathing up to the top of the scaffold and put into place. Finally the tarp can come down.
With the scaffold in place, and ready access to the attic via the high bridge, it became apparent that the front wall was collapsing. When it was first constructed, a pair of 2x4s were set in place of rows of bricks to provide a nailer for the facade. Alas, after 100 years, they have rotted out. As a result, the top three rows of brick are leaning out, being held in by the facade itself.
The first order of business was to secure the bricks for the fall out. To do this we ran threaded rod through the brick and through the façade and then both put it back into place this will keep things from sliding out.
On closer examination it became clear that this front wall was in fact structural, and to make matters worse the façade had become load bearing. As an added precaution we rigged up a tarp to help catch anything that fell.
The next order of business was to install some blocking in the roof structure in the attic. Along with the blocking we added some metal angle brackets to help tie the current structure together.
The next step was to install a lifting beam near the front of the trip that would be supported using scaffold jacks, driving scrap pipe to lift the whole structure up. This was also tied into the structure to keep it from rolling.The pipes, which we got from Mike Douglass, had to be cut to length before I could install them.
With the bracing in place and the safety tarp set up, we were ready to try lifting the roof a tiny bit to take the weight off the bricks and try to catch them before they fall on the cars below.
With the loose bricks remove we can finally start exposing the work area. We certainly will have many opportunities to excel.