With A Name Like “Caulking,” It Has To Be Good

A few nights ago, I found myself with a few hours free, so decided to take on some of the “minor” basement projects:

1) Caulking
2) Attach a dryer vent hood
3) Adding a weather strip to the back door
4) Attach a pull chain to one of the lightbulbs

Attaching the fancy chain attachment to the lightbulb took all of two minutes. It was GREAT. Something small and easy to do, but made me feel like a success. Great way to start.

Adding the weather strip to the bottom of the back door required a bit more thought and elbow grease, but I was up to the challenge. The strip was a bit too long – of course – so I had to do a little cutting on my end to make it work. It only became problematic after I attached it and gave the door a pull. When I examined my handiwork, I learned that my basement floor isn’t even. Surprise! So with the attached weather strip, my basement door drags a bit across the floor and now needs a little extra pull/push to open all the way. However, the basement is much warmer now and I’m comfortable knowing little friends won’t be crawling into the house to stay warm or search for food.

Oh – and speaking of little friends – a friend warned me that little furry animals like to crawl into dryer vents for warmth and sometimes can’t get back out. And DIE IN YOUR DRYER VENTS. I immediately fast forwarded to having to stick my hand down the vent to pull out the rotting carcass of a dead rat and added a dryer vent hood to my list of things to buy. Totally easy to attach, it fits right on there and when the dryer emits hot air, these nifty flaps open up to release the air. Genius really.

Then the caulking. Caulk gun, check. Great find from community forklift – I’ve mentioned them before and I’ll do so again. Love those guys! Silicone caulking, check. Brother whose mind is in the gutter, check. We had the most ridiculous conversation on how to caulk a hole. From “just pump it with your hands until something comes out” to “stick your finger in the hole to loosen it up a bit,” there wasn’t a single thing we could say or do that didn’t just sound diiiiiiiiirty. Even the “you just have to push through it the first time, it gets easier” line had me in tears from laughing.

So, dear readers – the lesson for today is that one way to enjoy your home repairs is by finding sexual innuendo everywhere you can.

More on the gut wrenching and ever more complicated task of cabinets and flooring in my next post. Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

One response to this post.

  1. Here I was in this bubble of mine trying to ignore all the things that need to be done around here. Now I know that I just need to look at it in a different light!


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