mending a wall

Posted: January 31, 2014 by Mo Crow in It's Crow Time

mending-a-wallthis morning we are going to hire a ladder that is tall enough to reach all those cracks in the top of the wall & around the windows to fill them up with gap filler to hold this beautiful old lady of house together for a few more years!
a-long-way-upit’s a long way up
a-long-way-downand a long way down…
insidebut it needs to be done… the walls of the upstairs bedroom turn into a waterfall when it rains for more than 3 days in a row after the wall reaches saturation point
inside-downstairsand then the water runs down into the studio space, last January was when the window first started to become a regular water feature so I have moved my workbench back from the corner so that the splash doesn’t affect my work… one smart young friend suggested I start working in watercolour… ha!
to be continued…
we are just about to go up the road and hire an extension ladder, it’s so big we have to walk it home, it won’t fit in the van!
big-ladderit’s a very big & heavy ladder, we needed a few rest stops along the way!
ready to go up the laddertook a bit of maneuvering to get safely up and in place
ladder-2 ladder-3 ladder-4 ladder-5Old Man Crow was the anchorman whilst I did the climbing, not bad for an old chook!
donedoesn’t really look much different but it feels a lot more solid will see how it goes in the next big rain!

  1. dinahmow says:

    Be careful! (Not going to show The Man this!)

  2. julie says:

    Such an adventure, I want to see Old Man Crow’s butt from the ground POV.

  3. Eliene says:

    I know you will both be very careful and mindful as to where you put your feet but I am with dinahmow,please take care. You should get a great view from way up there is what I am thinking…..look forward to seeing follow up pics.

    • Mo Crow says:

      must say I didn’t do any taking in of the view, I was just focused on getting the goo into all the cracks, there were a few bricks round that top window that were so loose i could pull them all out!

  4. Valerianna says:

    Good luck!! I remember your floods well.

  5. Be Oh SO CARE-full….and when it’s done, maybe wash the inside walls with 20% mix of clorox, to kill some of that unhealthy mold growing there. Let it dry completely and paint with a sealing pain if you can…enlist the aid of any friends who are willing to do a mercy service.

    Big hug to you and your sweetie

    • Mo Crow says:

      thanks Michelle, the walls have both rising and falling damp so I regularly use bleach to control the mold but have found it’s better to leave the old peeling paint open to breathe considering how wet that corner can get in the rainy season. With luck this bit of gap filling will help but to fix it properly would require demolishing the back half of the house and rebuilding from the ground up… we rent & have a very good deal with the landlady, she doesn’t hike the rent but doesn’t do anything and we keep the place patched up well enough to get by. The windows are getting very loose & precarious, will have to attend to them soon…

  6. Brave, I wouldn’t want to be climbing ladders that high. Your wall looks a bit like out kitchen ceiling which is only two years old, we or the builders haven’t worked out where the water is coming in yet.

    • Mo Crow says:

      Gosh only two years old, I hope that leak is found soon! Our next door neighbour has offered to clear the gutter in the next few weeks (he can climb up easily from his roof) then we will wait and see what happens in the next big rain!

  7. Robyn says:

    Oh my word… I found myself whispering …carefully, carefully, don’t lose your balance. Glad it’s done.

  8. Dana says:

    Scary! Old houses need so much attention. We just (three years ago) moved out of our old house, a 1940 summer cabin, to a new one next door. The old house is deteriorating so much faster since we don’t live there anymore. I admire your willingness to tackle such a high job and hope it will prove very effective.

    • Mo Crow says:

      old houses need TLC and we do love her especially as the rent is about 200 dollars less per week than anything else within a ten 10 mile radius… the gentrification of the inner cities of the world has made it difficult for the fringe dwellers everywhere

  9. oh dear Mo you are so brave – our house is well over 110 years old – built originally as a summer home… yes she leaks too in heavy rain and when the snow/ice build-up on the roof… be safe – we do love these old ladies that we dwell within…

  10. debgorr says:

    That’s a nice thing to have done, but oh I wouldn’t want to be the one on the ladder. And, as I don’t have a car, I really had to smile thinking about packing the ladder home. I’ve packed some pretty big things home, and know about the stopping often.

  11. saskia says:

    good job, well done!

  12. Kerrie says:

    Hey Mo – you are the only person I know that could turn mending a leak into a work of art. Love the photographic story made me smile!

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