Friday, May 23, 2008
On the wild side
Okay, not really wild, but we are taught in blogger school that you need catchy titles to your entries.
After tearing it up in Mississippi it's back to the house. It's go time.
You may or may not know this but one side of my house is next to a 50' wide lot that is on the corner of another street. This is awesome. It has left me plenty of room to shuttle 6 dumpsters in and out, will provide room for my sewer diggers excavator and equipment, and get charged less from my shingle delivery because they can get closer and use a smaller truck.
But on the other side my house sits literally sixteen inches off the next house. Many of the houses in the neighborhood are like this. The neighborhood was built before permits were needed and houses often expanded towards their property lines. Anyhow it makes for some pretty tight work. Luckily I have some scaffolding that is 12" wide and 24' long that i can 'thread' between the houses.
This only leaves 2" on either side of the scaffold to navigate before scratching up one of my new windows or gouging the rotting siding of my neighbor. But it turned out aok.
Andrew and Andreas demo'ed the last of the original siding and built up the east cross gable fascias and soffit.
I'm lucky that I have friends that aren't afraid of heights or tight spaces. They make this seemingly difficult task look like a cakewalk. How you ask? Because they are total bad-asses.
In other news I apparently have at least one neighbor who doesn't like me. Someone called the CoD Building and Safety department on me. They came out with an inaccurate version of my building permit and issued me a $275 fine for building without a permit for siding/roofing/windows.
I went to B&SE and showed them they were in the wrong and that the person who typed up my permit didn't include the entire scope of work that was on my application. They pulled the fine and apologized saying I was clean.
A special thanks to the Detroit Historical Comission for helping me with the documentation to prove i was right.
Not a big issue but it goes to show again that the CoD would rather hand out fines at random and gather money instead of really doing the proper legwork to ensure good structures are built, altered and maintained.
And that also leaves me to wonder what neighbor called BSE on me and how I'm going to burn their house down.
Most people hate dealing with the CoD. I agree, but it's my love for Detroit that helps me push though the crap.
It's shingle time.