Thursday, October 13, 2005


When it rains, it leaks.

We've been going through some gloomy weather up here this past week or so. In fact, our window cleaner here at work just asked "this isn't England, is it?"

The other morning, I'm on the computer in the spare room playing poker or some such other important task, and I hear The Squeeze in the kitchen say in dismay "Oh fuck!". Ya, I figured something was wrong.
"What's going on?"
"We've got a leak."

So I walk out to the kitchen, and sure enough water is leaking through our light fixture. I was not amused. Well, I guess I kind of was, because I've never seen an electrical fixture pouring water, and it was coming out pretty impressively. Luckily it was the light directly over the sink and not any of the other ones in the room. I grabbed a little post-it note and wrote "do not turn on" and placed in over the switch. What really ticks me off is that we just gutted and rebuilt the kitchen about 4 years ago, so I'm really not thrilled with the idea that our ceiling might just cave in. Drywalling, taping, mudding and sanding are the worst! Hopefully it won't come to that.

Of course, The Squeeze decides that we should get up in the attic and find where it's leaking so we can fix the problem. Unfortunately, The Squeeze and I are both pretty big and the access panel isn't. Not only is the panel very narrow, I've got it half blocked by our stove vent as a result of the renovations. Our options as I see it are to either send the cat up there on a rope with a camera mounted to her head to take a look around, or to cut an access panel at the end of the hallway. The latter sounds like the option that would work best and result in less personal injury. I've been on the business end of Cali's claws before, and it isn't pretty.

The added bonus of being able to get up there is the fact that we can re-insulate and perhaps cut our energy costs. On the downside, it looks like I'll be doing a bit of finish carpentry. Cutting, nailing, sanding, painting....and we need to figure out what kind of panel type thing to put in the new hole in our ceiling. I'm sure The Squeeze will come up with something. He's like MacGyver. He could make a bomb out of a paper clip.

I guess I know what I'll be doing this weekend. *sigh*

Wow! You boys not only know how to cook, clean and iron, but you do manly stuff with tools? ;-)
It's pretty dangerous to have leaks on your light fixture. Good thing no one was harmed. As soon as you see leaks invading your precious house, fix them immediately. That way, you prevent the occurrence of even more leaks.
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