Friday, December 9, 2016

Rain Gutters...Another Milestone

Want to know what else we have wanted and needed for 26 years? Gutters!
Yup, this house never had gutters.
(Let me tell you...it took a month and a half to find a gutter guy! Two stood us up on appointments and one gave us such an outrageous price that we laughed! Happily we found a referral from our neighbor....always get referrals from neighbors....)
It has angled facia boards so technically, it didn't need gutters. However, it had beat up the old patio and you can see on the driveway that it has beat that up as well. And since we did the patio with an expensive new paver patio...and want to do the driveway...we felt it was needed. Also, Hubby wanted to move the rain barrels off the patio.
Well, the first plan was to have all the water go into rain barrels on the side yard...so they weren't visible at all. However, the "run" of gutter was too long and the slope wasn't quite right according to two gutter guys.
So, we had to move it to the "middle" of the "run" to catch water....it is actually not bad, not where I'd put it....but hey, it isn't on the patio and it is close to the crops and their boxes.....
The guys arrived a little before 3 and were done by 4:30. There were three guys....the owner (nicest guy and best gutter man who has been in business for 45 years!).
They are seamless gutters and are extruded right from the truck.



 This is Peter Russo. The BEST gutter guy in Southern California. Really. We called like 5 companies...many didn't return our call. Two stood us up. One of which showed up three days later with a quote made from apparently walking around the front and developing his quote from that! Yeah, it is better business to answer the call or call back. And then show up when you said you would and actually talk to the customer to see what they actually want.....
Peter said he'd be here at 9:30 and he was. Likable guy who listened to what we wanted and made suggestions according to what he knows...and then gave us a list of referrals (many from this neighborhood) and pictures to show what he does etc. Very knowledgeable and funny to boot.
(If you are in our area...call his cell 714 403-4794)
 This is the roll of gutter material...it comes flat....

 I think this machine is cool....it creates the gutter in seconds and to the right length....





The machine takes the flat roof of stuff and turns it into a seamless gutter the length they need.


 In the end...the trellis had to be moved...so the gutter could be attached to the wall...sad...but that's the way it had to be....
 Almost done....there will be a splash guard installed after this pix to divert water into gutter....
 There is Hubby supervising...

 We have needed rain gutters here...mostly walking out on a rainy day the water just pours off the roof onto your head....

 See the rain barrel?? Yeah...and they were used to requests like ours...no problem about it....
In 1 1/2 hrs we had seamless gutters the same day we got the quote. In most cases you would get them in about 1-2 weeks, however there was a cancellation...so he called and asked if we would like to do it that day....ummm...yeah!
Very professional ......
Now, you ask, what was I doing while waiting for them to arrive?
Well, Hubby and I moved a rain barrel and leveled it.
Then he went to Kiwanis and I......
I made a quilt "ladder".....
It was a piece of arbor...
 This is the piece of arbor...the plan is to turn it into a quilt ladder to display quilts in the craft room. It will get quilts out where they can be seen and enjoyed....
 This is Amy Howard paint...available at Ace Hardware. It is chalk paint. This black color is perfect...so much better in color than Annie Sloan chalk paint. However, it smells a bit more and is thinner....I feel I used more to get the coverage I wanted....



I Covered the "rungs" with muslin to protect the quilts as they hang...not that the paint will rub off (though it might) but to protect against splinters and rubbing and acid....never a bad idea...
So, yesterday was so productive I can't even tell you. I got so much done! Including getting gutters done.
I hope you have a productive day!
Nancy

1 comment:

NanaDiana said...

We used to have a home improvement business and gutters were an add-on to the roofing jobs. We found THE BEST subcontractor to do our gutterwork. He eventually ended up as the construction manager and bought the business when we went to sell. xo Diana