East Siding Finished

New Siding & Windows

My rotten summer project is nearly complete.  Today, I finished painting the siding on the east side.   I replaced:

  • Every piece of  the siding
  • 5 Windows
  • 1 Door
  • All of the battens and horizontal trim
  • Fascia
  • Soffit vents

I also removed my rotten deck that was simply falling apart.  We’ll eventually have stairs down from the back door to the concrete patio that was already there.  I’ll need to bring some dirt in to level things off including stuffing some dirt underneath the concrete, as you can see in this picture below:

East Side Siding

Posted in Exterior Siding

Backup Sump Pump

Like many houses, our home has a sump pump in the basement.  99.99% of the time, it works very well.  Except for that one time…  when it didn’t.

Several years ago “it didn’t”, and I made the late-night run to the hardware store to buy a new sump pump.  I invested and installed a higher end model that has been serving us very well ever since.

I’ve always lived in fear that it would fail again,  or that our power would go out long enough for our basement to flood.  I’d seen a new pump technology on This Old House where Richard Trethewey installed a water-powered backup sump pump.

Sump Pump Diagram

I purchased one of these pumps and installed it this weekend.  I spent several hours soldering the copper pipes to the main line, and then several more hours installing the new PVC lines and backflow preventers.  After 4 total trips to the hardware store to get all the right fittings, I finished.  Now I don’t have to worry about power outages or my primary pump failing, because I have a backup always ready to take over.

Below is a picture of my installation:

Backup Sump Pump

The city-water is fed from the left copper pipe, that transitions to white PEX.  It pulls sump water up into the grey colored pump, and ejects it into the white PVC pipe up and out the side of the house.  The black ABS comes from the existing Electric-powered sump pump.  The water-powered sump pump will never run unless the Electric pump fails, because it’s trigger point is 3-inches higher than the float on the electric pump.

Posted in Interior Plumbing

East Siding Started

The East Siding project has commenced.

American ingenuity

  • 10x sheets of 4′ x 9′ siding
  • 20x 12′ x 1.5″ PVC battens
  • 5x 16′ x 6″ LP Trim

(All piled onto my 5ft truck-bed)


The above is the before picture.  At first glace, it doesn’t look too bad.  That’s because most of the wood rot is covered up with layers of caulking and paint.  The below picture is what it looked like with the trim boards removed to reveal all the rotten siding.

Rotten siding exposed

Posted in Exterior Siding