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Finishing That Corner of the House

One year ago, we finished re-siding the back gable end of the house.

December 2018

At the time, I assumed Dan would also finish off that last back corner. The one in the above photo with the old white vinyl siding. Alas, Dan quickly shifted mental gears from the house to the carport. So that corner has remained an eye magnet for the past year.

Last month, he finally got to it when it became one of the side projects of installing our solar system.

The wiring from the batteries must go through that wall to the inverter (which will convert the batteries' DC electricity into AC electricity for the freezer). The freezer will plug into the inverter on the back porch.

We had a string of really nice days right before Christmas, so Dan got started on this project. The first step was to remove the old vinyl siding.

Thankfully, no surprises there. The original shiplap siding looked the same as it has on the rest of the house beneath the vinyl siding.

The wood siding came down next. No surprises there either. Dan had insulated that wall years ago when he replaced the back porch floor.

The back porch steps were obviously added on after the house was built. You can tell because the old siding runs behind the concrete.

The next step was to remove the back porch overhang bracket, the porch railing, and the old corner molding.

That meant the porch overhang had to be propped. Tar paper was next and then our barnboard siding.

The siding fit behind the porch steps and storm windows perfectly.

The last of the construction part was a new overhang bracket.

The wire you see runs from a small solar panel on the roof to a vent fan behind the crawlspace door. (The panel that contains the fan can be moved as needed.)

This is one reason why the battery box is in such a good place. In summer, the cool vented crawlspace air can blow across the batteries.

After painting the siding, new corner trim and porch railing were added.

Dan finished with the painting before we got another round of rain. At last, the back side of the house is done!

December 2019

Well, maybe I shouldn't be too optimistic about that. Now, he's talking about replacing the back porch overhang and maybe re-doing the back porch steps. It never ends, does it? 😄

But first things first, and that means connecting our solar panels, charge controller, batteries, and inverter. Then we can plug in the freezer! More on all that soon.


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