The Panels - Finally, Ready To Go ...

Well, all good things have to come to some form of end. At this juncture, The Panels #1 - #11, are ready. I am going to think for a while on The Door, as I want that to be somewhat distinctive. At least, so the neighbors no longer wonder if the Jebediah Clampetts actually live next door. That is, the Clampett's Pre-Oil days. In our household, it is always the finest champagne, on a 3.2 Beer Budget.

Here is how the Doorframe and Panels 10-11 came together, and, how Marcia and I painted them.


Saturday, Dec 1st. Three days after a new roof was installed on our home. Just in time. Here is an image from the back of the garage outside to The Asylum. All it needs is some walls and a door and The Beast! And Big Dog!

Btw, the stain we slapped down a while back is now frozen and feels dry to the touch. But, yes, it did finally set up and has a quite varied assortment of colors for us to wonder of come spring.


From across our swimming pool. This is looking kinda southwest. I have great neighbors and it helps to show them things thru The Beast. Like, Saturn and Venus 1/2 degree apart. Or, the moon and how beat up it is.


Here is where The Asylum would have went. Straight back from these trees. The taller one is about thirty feet tall. Would have been right in my way too.


Yep! Minnesota. Winter. The Land Of 10,000 Taxes, Where Nothing Is Allowed.

Why in this world do we stay here? Why?


Here are the three panels I bolted together to figger out how to size #10-11 and the Doorframe.

I fast forwarded to the last two, as you have seen how I did the dimensions and the cuts of the others. So, after remembering I had to do a thirty degree cut for the Doorframe - I then remembered to make a fifteen degree cut for the adjoining panel. Duuuh.


A nice fit.

I have been so very careful on this entire project to think all week, measure 2-3-4 times, get a good night's sleep, think some more, measure at least twice again, and then, make the cuts. Has worked pretty well for me.

My mother thought I was a Quick Learner too.


The three things together for fit. Not bad. I will position the Doorframe in/out from the panels as needed for appearance.


From the other side.


Right on the money!


Eleven panels, all stacked up, ready for some more misery.


When Marcia and I spotted this house, I knew I would like a stairway to the basement, but I never knew how -much- I would like a stairway to the basement.


From the basement. When we finished it, we made certain both doors were the same size, and, within an inch of alignment one to the other. Just in case I build a boat or whatever down here.


Marcia spot primed the screwholes and lower drip edge.


Two Inspectors and a Foreman "On The Job". The Foreman (ForeWoman?) has the coziest spot.


I decided to paint the panels horizontal, set three screws on the back and stack them up. I will sand/touchup wherever the screws make a mark in the fresh paint.


Ready for me and the roller. I found by taking older rollers and cutting them to the 3-4" a small roller handle accepts? An easy way to justify throwing the roller away when done.

And, yes I did, and yes, it is the -first- time I have ever done it. Just paint and toss.

Btw, do you want to make it real easy to clean a roller with latex paint in it?

Easy as can be.

Grab an old towel from the shop/garage. Scrape off as much paint from the roller as you can back into the paint can. With 3-4 layers of towel, grab the roller and remove from the handle. Take the towel and roller, toss it into the washing machine, a full load of soap and a normal cycle later, you will have one spanky clean roller.

And, a clean washing machine.

If there is still a trace of paint in the washer, run another cycle with another towel-only and it will be clean when done.

Btw, fresh, new rollers which will leave a trail of lint on those fresh walls?

Yep, you guessed it. Wash'em before you use'm.


Primed. Took a but longer to dry than I wanted. But, they finally did. Stunk up the house pretty well too. Oil Based Primer. $40 a gallon stuff.


All done.


I found by setting a fan, on low speed, on the end of the stack, things will dry faster. First color coat done.


The second color. Actually the color here is pretty close to the real color. The darker frame color matches the house.

Let these puppies dry good and, I can put them together outside.

Wow, does it feel ---good--- to be this far along. Kind of like did we actually get here?