I’ve wanted to paint this wellhouse for years…

…but with the cheapest exterior paint available costing around $35/gallon, I really couldn’t afford to. Ian and I recently came to a sort of agreement about that, which freed me up to do more necessary maintenance.

So I hit it early before things got hot, so that I could spend however long it took to do a really good job of the first coat.

Tobie was dubious about these non-routine doings…


…but mostly went along with the joke without causing any trouble. And after nearly two hours of pounding paint into some damned weather-worn plywood…


First coat achieved. Yeah, leave me to my own devices with a paintbrush and you’re going to get green.

It doesn’t really matter that much: The only thing the building originally existed to do was support the solar panel and keep a small weathertight charge controller box even further out of the weather, so you could say we went to a lot of construction trouble just to house generations of packrats. But it turned out to be convenient some years ago when I modified the interior to support a pulley for solo pump R&R.

And now it finally – like, for the first time in 12 years – got a fresh coat of paint.

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4 Responses to I’ve wanted to paint this wellhouse for years…

  1. Anonymous says:

    A tiny skirmish in Joel’s continual war against entropy. 😀

  2. Terrapod says:

    Joel, would covering the flat areas inside the shed with “pincushions” keep the rats out?
    By pincushions I mean those things that keep pigeons off sills. You can make them with sharp nails and scrap bits of plywood or other material that will allow the nail to go through and is rigid.
    You can sharpen the nails really nice with a little grinding disk,

  3. Joel says:

    I think they’d probably find a way around it, or a way to put it to their own use. They’re good at that. And anyway they’re not hurting anything.

  4. Robert says:

    Looks good. After the second coat cures, may we look forward to seeing some desert hermit artistic embellishments? Y’know, a sun-bleached cattle skull with a snake coming out an eye or maybe something to scare off the packrats?

To the stake with the heretic!