I’m taking advantage of the fact that the Editor has Wednesdays off. I’m not sure she would agree with the sentiment suggested by the title. We have been mired in a heat wave since mid-June, and I don’t see an opportunity to wait until things cool down to work on the projects I need to finish this year. I don’t anticipate things cooling down until it’s time to start raking leaves and putting snow stakes in the ground. On the other hand, I have no desire to keel over under a pile of vinyl siding.
My goal for Monday was to put siding on the east wall of our shed. It’s only 12′ (3.6m) and it is not on a gable end wall. That means it’s a 12’ by 8’ rectangle. Still, the wall had to be wrapped, corner boards and a starter strip had to be installed. Once all that was done, I started putting up siding. The sheets of siding are about six inches longer than the wall, so one quick snip and the strips were ready to go. My first thought was, “I’ll just run this up to the top and call it a day.”
Then I remembered my dad.
He liked to repeat a common saying when I was hell bent on continuing a project when it wasn’t going well, or when conditions would suggest stopping for the day, but when I wanted to continue.
“It’s like hitting yourself with a hammer because it feels so good when you stop.”
I got about halfway up the wall, when the sun poked around the front of the shed where my worktable was set up. It was 94°f (34°c) and it was time to quit.
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