One Man Job Using a Ledger


Before Thanksgiving, John installed the Hardie soffit on the west side of the house overlooking the patio.

This is a 2-man job which he did it by himself. I do not recommend anyone doing this alone. It’s dangerous if you’re not used to being on ladders.

The wood pallet to the right (in the above photo) was shipped with 12′ Hardie soffit.

After using most of the soffit material, John moved the pallet to each location around the house. The Hardie soffit is very flexible and strong but it can break. This is true with the 1×8 Hardie fascia as well. He used the pallet to safely place the soffit he was about to install at different locations on the house.


The vented soffit is installed with the holes outboard for ventilation. I stood inside the house at the open window to the right holding a dead man.

When John climbed the ladder with the 12′ soffit (about 18 to 20 ft from the ground) I used the dead man to secure the soffit at my end so that John could be as close enough as possible at his end of the soffit. It was a windy day so we had to work quickly before the next gust.


John tied a ladder on the box bay window roof to hold up a plastic box in place so that his ladder wouldn’t damage the drip cap, shingles or fascia already installed.


In order for John to install the soffit alone, he screwed a 2×2 wood ledger to the sheathing allowing 3/8″ space for the soffit to slip in and be supported.

John nailed the soffit on the outside first with stainless steel ringed siding nails. (The framing has to be marked ahead of time so that you know where to nail.)

After nailing the outside, he removed the wood ledger and nailed the inside on the marked cross members (framing).


John removed the wood ledger with his Dewalt 20vmax/Lithium ION drill.


After removing the ledger, John used the siding nailer to anchor the soffit.


Soffit is installed first followed with 1×8 fascia.


Yesterday, John bought a 1x8x16 exterior grade fascia to nail to the 2×6 framing. He’ll join it with the 12′  fascia installed on the right.

A Flipped House Across The Road

Do you remember this house? I wrote about it almost one year ago (in December). The house is diagonally across the road from Brickhouse319.


An elderly lady lived in it for decades. She was in her nineties and passed away last year.


There was an estate sale last December at the house. We walked across the street and entered the house with about 50 other people.


Well, wait until you see what the house looks like now.


All summer, a slew of workers were at the house almost daily.


I’ll go more into detail in my next post which will have the before and after photos.


I love before and after photos. Wait until you see what the garage looks like now.


I’ll cross the road again today and take photos of the transformed house and post later.

DIY Craft Project: Party Favors-Painted Succulent Pots

For those of you out there who like doing craft projects, painting terra-cotta pots is fun and easy.


I used white matte RUSTOLEUM paint for the base coat. You can find this pot in my ETSY shop for $10.

If you’re having a party this holiday season, paint some pots, place a low maintenance succulent or cacti in each one and give to each guest. They’re also great gift ideas for teachers or a co-worker’s desk.


A vine and berries randomly painted around the pot.

What to Purchase:

-Terra Cotta 4.5″ pots and saucers at Home Depot or Lowes (about $3 for one pot and saucer)

-4″ succulent plants at Home Depot or Lowes (about $5 each)

-Terra Cotta Sealant (about $7 for a can–there are several brands to choose from)

-RUSTOLEUM 2X Paint/Primer Spray Paint ($3 to $4 per each)

-Outdoor Patio Paint by Deco Art at any craft store. I prefer artist acrylic paint since it’s a better quality paint but they’re more expensive.

-3 or 4 Paint Brushes at Michaels or AC Moore ($2.99 to 3.99 ea). Don’t buy the cheap brushes in the bag. It’s worth it to buy  a couple of better quality individual brushes.

First spray the inside of the pots with the sealant. This prevents the paint from bubbling and the pot can also be placed outside. I also spray the outside of the pot.

Since terra-cotta clay is extremely absorbent I find spraying the pots with RUSTOLEUM is the best route to take for the base coat. RUSTOLEUM actually makes the pot look glazed. I spray three coats for a very nice solid look.


The best way to spray the pots is to place each pot upside down on top of a spray paint can OUTSIDE or well ventilated area. Cover the ground with a large piece of cardboard to prevent overspray from getting on the grass.

After the spray paint dries, pick up your paint brushes and start painting a random design. Stenciling is more time consuming; it’s easier and more fun to paint freehand. Of course, stripes and polka dots are easiest. Use the end of a pencil eraser for perfect polka dots.

After painting a design, spray once again with a sealer for exterior use.


For party place card holders, use tiny 2″ pots found on Add a 2″ succulent. Guests love them!







Another HGTV Producer Contacted Me!

About ten days ago, another “development producer” from a production company emailed me.

He said that his production company creates shows for HGTV and Food Network and that he was looking for couples who do renovating work together. He asked in the email if I was interested.

That’s all the information he provided in the brief email.

I emailed back and said that I could speak with him on the phone and gave my cell number.

He responded asking if John and I could set up a time to do a SKYPE call.

We’ve been through this before…setting up SKYPE interviews with producers in the past. They literally wasted hours of our time and then didn’t have the courtesy to get back to us to tell us if they were interested or not in proceeding with a show.

The SKYPE interview is arranged to see how we look, act and speak on film. Obviously, before tearing John away from work on the house to arrange a SKYPE call/interview, we would need a little bit of background information on the so-called potential show.

A brief phone call is all that I asked for to glean some information before setting up a SKYPE time.

The producer wasn’t interested in a phone call. He simply wanted to proceed with SKYPE without giving me any information other than saying in the email that he’s looking for couples who work together.

Based on this extremely limited amount of information, John and I would be setting time aside for SKYPE. This isn’t the way I do things or go about things.

Obviously, the producer felt that I was only entitled to this tad bit of information. He said he would discuss it on SKYPE. Really?!

I emailed him back voluntarily giving background information with our present stage of renovation and what we’ll be working on through the winter, and the things we’ll be buying such as doors, floors, light fixtures, kitchen cabinets, counters, bathroom tile and so on. I ended the email with two dates for the SKYPE call.

He never responded. Of course, I wasn’t surprised.