Holy Jeez, do we hate cables. In the past we’ve done everything in our power to minimize and hide them. Although they’re often necessary to connect one electronic gizmo to another, the previous tenants of this house took it to an entirely different level – but unlike mess you may see behind the television or under your desk, this time, it was outside our home. Specifically, seemingly miles of extraneous cables running along the side of our house.
I know, right? This is what we were facing – cables upon cables, twisted into other cables and on top of more cables!
The good news for us is that nearly all of what you see below is coaxial cable along our home’s vinyl siding, and it’s used to run a TV or internet signal in and around the home. It carries no electrical charge (I had to tell this to Kim, many, many times – safety police!), so you can easily clip and snip it as necessary, and if you’re not using it to carry a signal (as in our case where we’re utilizing a cable internet service as opposed to the previous tenants’ satellite dish), it’s completely unnecessary. Once we had identified the single cable we were using, we were all clear to get to snipping. For half a day! Seriously. (And as always, Jack did a fantastic job holding down the sidewalk for us).
We used a powered drill / driver to unscrew all the cable ties that were fastened into the side of the house and remove the satellite dish, wire cutters for the wires (obviously), and a claw hammer to pry out random fasteners nailed into our monstrous back deck / patio thingie. (We often talk about that thing coming down in the future – that is, after we get a ceiling and finish the bathrooms. And the kitchen and the bedroom…) At one point, I ended up having to climb up onto the roof of the garage to manage some unnecessary cables that had begun to droop.
We filled all of the holes that went through the entire wall (literally, through the siding and into the house) with an exterior grade caulk to seal out the elements, and as we finish the painting prep, we’ll patch all of the drywall on the inside with spackle.
After hours of snipping, roping and de-cabling, we could see our siding again!
It looks like a different house! And while the visual progress was pretty unbelievable (my hands were itching to tackle this project since our first showing!), we’ve still got a hefty list of what’s left to do – next year, perhaps?
Once we’ve got the siding pressure-washed, the foundation painted and the fence-line planted, (again, likely not until next spring as the inside to-dos have been piling, too) this sliver of walkway will look so, so much better.
Until then, we’ll continue to celebrate these small victories. Hip, hip!