I took more time off last week to work on the house. I spent Wednesday and Thursday scrapping paint off the wall. My goal was to finish scrapping all the paint I could reach before I needed to climb on the roof to remove the rest and I almost made it. This is the wall were the electrical wires are attached to the house and it took longer than expected because I needed to be aware where the lines and the hook up was at all times. My father is a retired electrician and I asked him how I needed to keep safe while working around the wires. He told me the bare twisted wire was the ground and I could touch that connection to the house but the other two black wires were not to be touched. He told me not to wrap my body around the wires while scrapping. It is not easy trying to use a heat gun and scrapers to remove the paint and work around those wires so it took a little longer.
Friday I decide to take a chance that it would not rain and started staining the deck. I only got the deck floor and stair treads done before the sky turned very dark. I have been trying to make up my mind about staining the whole deck with the color "Dragon's Breath" and I finely decided that I am not going to do. I will be painting the hand railing, stair riser, stringer and rim joints with the "Tarrytown Green" and the balusters will be painted "Brookline beige" (the color of the clapboards).