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Old 08-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #12781
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Well I'm done already. That was easy. Turns out they weren't so dirty after all, just had a small piece of a 2x4 stuck in it. Weird. It created a log jam at the corner and we had wee little elm trees starting to grow. Ugh. Still a dirty job. I'm going to have my coffee now and catch up with you folks.
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:31 PM   #12782
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I grew up in central New York and we had eavestroughs and downspouts.
Clearly you were too close to Canada for your own good.

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Old 08-14-2013, 12:40 PM   #12783
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I think the reason I grew up with eavestroughs may have to do with my Grandmother, gutters would have been too low brow for her!
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Old 08-14-2013, 12:45 PM   #12784
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I think the reason I grew up with eavestroughs may have to do with my Grandmother, gutters would have been too low brow for her!
Eavestroughs does sound better than gutters.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:05 PM   #12785
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Am I a hopeless case then?
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:10 PM   #12786
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Eavestroughs? Interesting term. In my old 1880 house we had what the old timer locals called eavestroughs but they referred to something completely different and what my house had.

All around the perimeter of the house a slight distance away from the foundation there were concrete "troughs." When it rained, the water came off the roof and spilled into these devices. The concrete areas were slanted slightly away from the house and into the flower beds that surrounded the house. Made all the sense in the world to me, especially since it was a three-story house. Cleaning traditional gutters would have been a real nightmare.
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Am I a hopeless case then?
Not at all, you're Canadian. These quaint idiosyncracies are charming. It's just that we can't have them crossing the border, eh.
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Old 08-14-2013, 01:18 PM   #12788
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I'll just give my toque a spin, grab my Timmies and go tobogganing after I finish my poutine.

BT is always whining about the Canada Geese we send him in the summer. Wuss.
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What am I doing? Taking a break from a project outside.

We have three very simple, but a bit rustic garden chairs on the front porch near the front door. We use them all the time and they are now at the point where their finish/paint/stain, whatever is in need of attention and they are racking a bit.

So, since Mother Nature has seen fit to bestow a beautiful, low-humidity day on us, I decided to take the opportunity to fix them and give them a new look.

I just finished finding all the loose joints, gluing and screwing them back to a nice tight state and have begun to paint them a new color. They were sort of a distressed charcoal/black color. Not sure if they were stained or painted, but they'd gotten to the point where bare wood was getting exposed.

They were treated to a good scrubbing and brushing and I've finished painting two of them. Wow! What a great difference!!! Instead of worn old black/grey chairs, they're now a pleasant bluish forest green. Real mellow and they look good against the clay color of our house trim and the brick.

Only one more to go, but that'll have to wait until after lunch and after my arthritic hands have rested a bit. Later this afternoon probably.
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I'll just give my toque a spin, grab my Timmies and go tobogganing after I finish my poutine.

BT is always whining about the Canada Geese we send him in the summer. Wuss.

You talk funny! Google needs an Canadian/American translator.

What good are geese you aren't allowed to eat? They'll be crapping on your lawns soon enough. You guys have lawns, right?
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