Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Down and Grout

Ye fucking gods, re-caulking the bathtub is a serious contender for Most Annoying Household Task Ever. Why do the stupid home repair books always make everything look so simple and easy? Sigh.

Anyway, 'tis done now. Hopefully 'tis done to some semblance of waterproofness, but, really, who knows?

I took the opportunity, while I was at it, to remove from the rim of the bathtub a metal track that once, at some time in the distant past, presumably held a sliding door. That thing has annoyed me since the day I moved in, because it means I can't sit on the edge of the tub while I'm shaving my legs. Of course, it left behind a gooey, dirty mess that I've so far only been partially successful at cleaning up, but I'm sure I can deal with that eventually.

Am very tired now, though. Man, you know what I could really use, after covering myself in drippy caulk and having my back tighten up on me again from all that scraping? A nice, hot shower. Which I can't have for... *checks instructions on caulk* 36 hours. Sigh.

Oh, and, by the way, a tip for anyone else who might be thinking of tackling this job for the first time: the masking tape is not optional. Trust me.

13 comments:

  1. Heh..try an outdoor window.
    I've never done anything so sticky in my life.

    I sympathize. For the gooey mess - may I suggest a razor blade scraper? worked for me...

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  2. Yeah, I was thinking that that's probably the best tool to try, myself. I'll need to pick one of those up.

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  3. Spray with WD 40 then scrape. Be careful using a razor, you can scratch the enamel right off the tub.

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  4. I've got some "goo remover" solvent. You think that'd work better than WD40?

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  5. Sounds good.

    When is Doctor Who coming on?

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  6. Dunno. They haven't started showing season 4 in the UK yet. I think that's staring in April sometime. Hopefully Sci Fi will get it shortly after that, but with Sci Fi, who knows.

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  7. Here we go with every thread coming back to Doctor Who :)

    I'm having withdrawal myself

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  8. There is new Torchwood airing, if that helps any...

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  9. I just thought it was funny that I couldn't tell if the "gooey, dirty mess" referred to the caulk job or to Betty shaving her legs. :)

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  10. Yeah! What Kathy said. It is true that you can use a razor blade for both purposes.

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  11. Hey, it's not like my face is a pretty picture when I shave, either.

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