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Old 09-23-2015, 10:59 AM   #1
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When are you guys closing up the season for exteriors? I know some on here aren't affected by climate issues for exterior, but lots are.

I've still got people calling me about various exteriors and I'm not even sure I'm going to get the ones I've got to do this year completed.

Issues with overnight temperatures closing in (we're going down to 9C tonight), horizontals and verticals covered in dew sometimes till noon, getting dark by 7pm ish, etc. Obviously there's still some decent weather for certain projects. I wouldn't even consider taking on a deck at this point though.

Why these people calling didn't think of this stuff earlier in the season is beyond me, but I suppose there must be some reason for it.
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Old 09-23-2015, 11:22 AM   #2
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When are you guys closing up the season for exteriors? I know some on here aren't affected by climate issues for exterior, but lots are.

I've still got people calling me about various exteriors and I'm not even sure I'm going to get the ones I've got to do this year completed.

Issues with overnight temperatures closing in (we're going down to 9C tonight), horizontals and verticals covered in dew sometimes till noon, getting dark by 7pm ish, etc. Obviously there's still some decent weather for certain projects. I wouldn't even consider taking on a deck at this point though.

Why these people calling didn't think of this stuff earlier in the season is beyond me, but I suppose there must be some reason for it.
I'm only doing stucco and trim until we get more dew
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When are you guys closing up the season for exteriors? I know some on here aren't affected by climate issues for exterior, but lots are.

I've still got people calling me about various exteriors and I'm not even sure I'm going to get the ones I've got to do this year completed.

Issues with overnight temperatures closing in (we're going down to 9C tonight), horizontals and verticals covered in dew sometimes till noon, getting dark by 7pm ish, etc. Obviously there's still some decent weather for certain projects. I wouldn't even consider taking on a deck at this point though.

Why these people calling didn't think of this stuff earlier in the season is beyond me, but I suppose there must be some reason for it.

Back in elementary school (in the mid-late 70s) out teachers told us that we needed to learn the metric system NOW (it will be here soon) and were tested on it regularly. I wasn't very good at it and feared the "metric invasion" like War of the Worlds. Well it's still not here and sometimes feel I'll use stones for weight and hands for height before kilo anything.

That said "9C" sounds darn chilly. It's going to 86F today around here and honestly try to put off many exteriors till the first week of October. We're in the same trade, just lots-o miles (North to South) apart.


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3 more and it's a wrap for me. Probably 2-3 weeks with factoring in the chance of potentially wet weather. It's just not worth the hassle anymore. If they don't wanna wait til next spring, they can find some other sorry sap to roll the dice.
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We can typically do exteriors around here until mid-October, but I hope we'll be done before then. Our clients adding work makes scheduling a problem. Major repairs have doubled the size of the current project, for instance.
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That said "9C" sounds darn chilly
Yep, that'd be 48F overnight. Roughly hovering around 20F during the day at this point, but it's still nice and sunny.

You try explaining to people these aren't the best times of the year for exterior and they just stand there staring at you. "But it's nice out?"

Apparently the Farmers Almanac (which I've never trusted) was saying something about the possibility of snow on Oct 1! I don't see that happening one week from now.

Good to hear you guys are getting close to shutting it down as well. At least, reassuring.
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The exterior jobs I see failing in the spring are the ones done to late in the fall. Those dropping temps at night don't play nice with water based or oil based paints . The dew and fog in the am can be a killer. I have 2 maybe and I mean maybe 3 and that's it. But alas guys here will run to December spraying away. I know we all have to eat and interiors here a diamond in the rough very hard to stay busy with. Still it's a recepie for failure.
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We will typically do exteriors until daylight savings time "falls back". Too little daylight, too much moisture, and too low temps to effectively get acceptable productivity after that. It's already difficult enough to put in an 8 hour day outside around here.

Construction design, materials, and exposure play a big role. This is the time of year when my moisture meter gets a workout.

Painting gutters is the worst due to condensation, and potential rainfall induced washouts. There's almost nothing worse than standing guard with a garden hose, on a black comp roof, rinsing away white paint as it drips off the gutters, after a sudden rain storm.
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God I do not miss doing exteriors. El nino is gonna kick some ass this year, you know what that means.
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About the time many of you stop doing exteriors is the time I look forward to doing some. I'm sick of the heat and especially tired of the love bugs and blind mosquitoes. All should be gone in a couple of weeks.
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October here is about all I would chance. As many stated the dew is the number 1 killer
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What it means depends a lot on where you are. In the PNW, that'll likely mean drier and warmer. During some of the previous episodes, we painted outside all winter. It was great, almost none of that awful interior work.
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Mid October.
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I'm on my last one not playing games this year
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What it means depends a lot on where you are. In the PNW, that'll likely mean drier and warmer. During some of the previous episodes, we painted outside all winter. It was great, almost none of that awful interior work.
Lol, for us on the least coast, it means another seven feet of snow, I need to move.
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We have 5 left counting the one we're on now. It'll be pushing it a little and lots of weekends to come. I tell the guys that right now is "squirrel season", pack as many nuts away now as possible and live comfy this winter if/when we have down periods.

4 exterior calls yesterday, people wait until last minute like this every fall 👎
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Well since I now have to start my day later and work until six so that the deck I am staining is below 15% moisture (have to wait for the night moiture to burn off) I am thinking that the next job will be the last. Might fit in one more small deck in mid October if the HO likes the price. But, still getting calls.
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Today I scheduled my first one since spring for the beginning of November. For some reason I don't get all that many calls for exteriors which imo is a good thing. I like doing a couple here and there to break up the monotony.
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Usually mid October to November for me if I can get away with it. Around here the ho's always wanna wait til the last minute to do there exterior. They never seem to understand when I try to explain that its too late.
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Exteriors are back breaking, weather dependent, hot, sweaty, nightmares that I strangely enjoy.

Here's what we're rocking this week.
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