Sunday, December 8, 2013

Laying in the Gutter

No, there's nobody, nothing, nada, laying in our gutters.  I can absolutely state that definitively, due to the fact that yesterday we had brand new gutters finally installed on our home.

It's been a long wait.

If you've been following my blog for the majority of this year, you may recall that this year has been a year of large projects for us.  Well, last year was too.

But anyway, this year's list of projects started with the staining of the six foot fence around our property, completed in July.  You can see its beautiful cedar color in this photo and read about that adventure in this post.

At the same time, we had a work crew in to replace our ancient roof, soffits and eaves.  The details of that project are recorded here.

New soffits
It was only later, as I re-read the roofing contract, that I realized installation of gutters was an addendum, and therefore, needed to be paid and scheduled separately.  We'll come back to the gutters in a bit.  (That didn't sound good.)

The next crew to do some work for us was the fun team of two handsome guys, son Caleb and SIL Lance.  In one hellaciously hot week they very capably painted our three stalls filled with all sorts of junk car garage.  Although our house had been repainted several years ago, the garage hadn't caught up.  Now we can say it all matches.  Read about that fun week here.

Following that job, and covering about the next month or so, a team came and replaced the siding on the north and west walls of our home.  Why the east and south walls weren't all done at the same time is enough to easily fill another blog post.  Perhaps some day.  Now that the siding is new, written on our 
Projects List is "PAINT NEW SIDING."

North wall of our home
Now back to those gutters.  There has been quite a delay between the completion of our new roof and the installation of the gutters.  We kept waiting and waiting for the contractor to show up, and kept trying not to grumble and say lots of bad words about that contractor and the delay.

We recently learned that the originally scheduled gutter guy had been severely injured in a work accident, and just didn't cancel his jobs, thinking that he'd be back to work again soon.  We waited some more.

In the end, our roofing contractor had to employ the services of another gutter contractor, who showed up yesterday and had the gutters all up in barely half the day.  

We could hear the lovely music of the water happily dripping down inside those pipes, and all was good.  Nothing laying around in those brand spankin' new gutters.  No sir.

Finally, the top of our house is done.  Check.

Now then.  It's time to get back out there and start "Decking Those Halls."  Where's Clark Griswold when you need him?


  1. I betha that Clark Griswold lives in you heart. But just his great ideas, not his bungling. Now you life can be lifted out of the gutters.

  2. Glad you are getting this work done!

  3. That is a lot of work! We would like gutters on our home. Not normally done in FL for some reason. Really dreading looking for a contractor..

  4. Looking good. WE need to have our siding replaced - not looking forward to that. You get the lights up, I'll do the drum roll!!

  5. You've sure done a lot of upgrades and maintenance this year. Nice looking gutters and glad to hear they're working good.

  6. It’s really frustrating to be kept waiting, knowing that what you’ve been waiting for is the thing that would finish off everything. I must commend your good attitude toward the first contractor though. All the same, after all the work and the waiting, the house improvements were completed. :D

  7. You covered a lot with your house project, I see. Good job! House projects such as the roof and the gutters should definitely be acted upon as soon as possible. Weather is your enemy when it comes to these parts of the house. And so, ensuring that they are addressed before the rainy or winter season comes will ensure the safety of your property. Here's to a prosperous 2014!
    Ryan @ Westfall Roofing


  8. The projects seem to have great momentum, so go for it. Glad you've dealt with the roofing now than later. The fine print details may bog down, but what matters is that the renovations have begun. You can always build upon and fortify the roofing anytime.

    Joann @ AJC Roofing