Saturday, October 21, 2017

The Zen of Power Washing

Progress on the porch continues! After the initial scrubbing, I got the idea to borrow my neighbor's power washer and clean the brick patio and also hopefully blast the dried linseed oil off the porch. Why has no one informed me how much fun it is to power wash? I spent one glorious sunny Saturday blasting all the old moss and dirt off my bricks.  Much of that time, my brain played a soundtrack of an imaginary pharmaceutical commercial for power washing as a remedy for anxiety.  "Call your doctor if you think power washing may be right for you. Side effects include wetness, hand cramps, and destroying entire small ecosystems. May be habit forming."

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Before
After
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After

The house faces north, so moss thrives in the front, and everything was exceptionally filthy because of how the city dug up our street every single day for three months.

At last, I could apply primer. We have a back door, but it's inconvenient, and also impossible for someone on crutches, so I had to paint in stages, so we could get in and out of the house.





A reminder of what we started out with.


2 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! I can't wait to see the finished product. You've given me ideas for my front porch!

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  2. My power washer is overly enthusiastic but oh yeah it is so satisfying!

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