It was hot and muggy on this summer day when we were wrapping things up for the day. The homeowner asked me a question I get a lot. "Why does the paint seem to fade and fail quicker on this side of the house?" I gave her my usual answer which is true. Here, in N.C. the South, Southwest sides of the house will fade and require maintenance sooner than the other sides of the house. As we were looking directly into the afternoon setting sun, she told me that this was the North, Northwest side of the house. I was all ears. "How do you figure that?", I asked her. She ran into the house and returned with her Boy scout compass. As she pointed it directly toward the sun the needle was pointing North in the face of the compass. I didn't even attempt to win this argument!