House Skirting

 

 

 

 

 

Almost winter, so I guess it’s time to finally do some work on this old house. The Pipes have froze the last 2 winters, and I am really sick of re-plumbing the damn thing in the freezing ass wind in the middle of the winter. Of course the last 2 winters were record cold winters for us, staying 20 below for days. While I realize those of you north of us get worse, nothing here is designed for that. The house is pier and beam, built in 1913 or 1916 or something, and the plumbing is all on the NW corner. Through most of the winter there is a 20+ mph cold wind from that side. With no skirting there is no amount of pipe insulation that seems to help.

 

 

 

 

 

 

With any luck, this will also help out with the heating and cooling bill. Here is a photo diary of the progress. The materials I am using are pressure treated 2x4 and 1x4 and pressure treated ground contact 5/8 plywood. I am coating the plywood with a wood preservative like the company recommends. After weathering for a minimum of 3 months you can prime and  paint. I think it will take me longer than that to get the rest of the house ready for paint...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Materials

Materials

A Start

A Start

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Day 1

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Day 1

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Day 2

Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Concrete

Concrete

Before

Before

Chipped

Chipped

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Day 3

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Door Framing

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Cheating on the corner

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Armadillo Cam

End of Day 3

End of Day 3

Another door without Hinges

Another door without Hinges

Gaps Explained

Gaps Explained

Crazy corner

Crazy corner

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North Side

North Side

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West side

West side

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Warm out here

Warm out here

A Little side track

A Little side track

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