I often talk about how you need to continually maintain your home, well as a Realtor it applies to us as well. We have needed to paint the exterior of the house for the past couple of years, but with several weddings last year we put it off. It is always a good idea to check your home inspection report to see what the inspector recommended needed doing, especially if you have been in your home for a while.
Trudy wanted the shutters down from above the garage, so we could get all the siding cleaned and painted and like a good husband I climbed up the ladder and started pulling out the fasteners.
Now if you know me and ladders you know we don't play well together. So I am now very cautious of ladders. So as I am getting the first shutter off, I have all the fasteners out but the last one at the top, as I am pulling it to get it free of the siding, a large bat flies out from behind the shutter, luckily away from me. Not sure what took him so long to decide to move as the shutter was hanging by the one fastner for a while and I had been pulling it on it for several minutes. I did not fall, but it certainly gave me a shock as I thought these shutters were tight against the wall and find it incredible the bat could get up behind it and very happy he flew the other way.
Second shutter I got stung by a hornet, a quick spray and that solved that problem. Last shutter, I start to pull the fastner and hear a rustling, so get down pretty quickly reckoning that there may be another bat, once again after adjusting my style and accessing it from the window, I get all but one fastner out and again a bat flies out as the last fastner comes free. Not sure why these guys decided to hang tight so to say till the shutter was completely off and not fly out when it was obvious they were being taken down.
Bats are good to have around, they eat mosquitoes and other insects in vast quantities. But having them against the house behind the shutter surprised me in ways I would have preferred not to have been.
Also if you put up these shutters drill a hole for the fasteners a little large than I did so they are easier to take down for painting and cleaning.
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