Jul 27


Yesterday was very productive.


My friend Dave, a man wise in the way of home repairs, drove me to HOMES, the home center, and helped me pick up the items I needed to do my home improvements (the ones I’m saving money on by doing myself).



  • Paint & brushes for the exterior wood, and metal deck
  • Stiff brush to brush the mould off the roof
  • Wire brush and sandpapery stuff for prepping for painting


So, Dave leant me a chisel, and showed me how to scrape the areas on the metal posts that were damaged by rust.  I did the entire lower structure of the deck before I quit last night.


I went back today with the instructions to attack those paintless areas with the wire brush and put a first coat of paint on in preparation for the full painting on Thursday or Friday.


I had almost finished one pole when the URBAN guy, our renovator, came and told me I was using the wrong paint.  WHAT?  We went inside and he looked at the tin, and concluded that it was indeed the correct paint.  But he still strongly recommended that I start with an anti-rust primer.  The difference is that if I use the primer, I won’t have to do this again for 10 years.  If I don’t, I’ll likely have to deal with the deck again in five.




So, stopped working on that until I can get the anti-rust primer.


I figured, well, I’ll go scrape the mould off the roof tiles.  So, I got my brush and climbed up to the roof.  Now, I knew the tiles weren’t traditional Japanese tiles, but I thought maybe brick (due to a shard of brick sitting on top of one of them), and my wife told me later that she was told they were metal… but they seem to be made out of paper!  Or rather, a compressed cardboard thing.  As I brushed the mould off, I was taking off the brick-like finish and exposing the fibres of whatever-the-hell material that is underneath.


So I stopped.


(I found out later that the tiles are indeed a cement/fibre product sitting on top of the tin roof.  Ugh.  Someone want to buy me a new roof?)

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