Sunday, August 3, 2008

The Garage and The Stink

First the stink...
For a month or two now, we have been aware of a strange smell that intermittently emanates from the closet of the master bedroom. We have pondered every conceivable hypothesis and tried to find the source/cause with no success. We eventually developed a strong suspicion that the smell was only present when the closet light was turned on, so we had our electrician look at it. He said the electrical connections were okay and didn't show any evidence of being too hot, but that the light fixture itself looked like it had been getting very hot; he pointed out a place on the fixture where its paint appeared to have bubbled up because of extreme heat. So we're going to replace the light fixture and see if that leaves the closet stink-free.

The garage had been a complete wreck since the week one of this whole thing, and yesterday we finally did something about it. We started at around 9:30 by taking almost everything out of the garage and lining it up in the driveway. Then, after giving the floor a good sweeping, we brought things back in one by one, placing them deliberately and strategically in drawers and on shelves, ensuring firstly that we would be able to call the garage "organized" when we were done, and secondly that we would never be able to find anything again. Things used to be scattered all over, so we thoroughly came to know the location of a particular object by using a crude latitude/longitude scheme, but now things are so neatly stowed away that you really have to know exactly where to look. (Putting things on shelves was particularly detrimental, as it suddenly introduced a third dimension into the tool-inhabitable space that we already spend so much time searching.) Alas, it's for the best, and it certainly feels good to have the clutter gone. We finished at around 4:30.

And, for the first time ever, we were able to park the Jeep in the garage instead of in the driveway:

Things have slowed down a lot (hence the plummeting frequency of blog posts), but I'm glad to say that's because there simply isn't that much left to do. I lack a wall and a half of quarter-round, and we still need to paint the back door. Those are probably the biggest things on the radar. I'm going to start putting together a collection of pictures (not sure what sort of format...maybe a PowerPoint presentation?) showcasing the work that's been done since March--essentially a bunch of before/after pictures. I'll make sure that becomes available here. The next time you hear from me, we may well have a new roof!

2 comments: said...

Update on the smell? Any solution? Any new info?

Smells are my bugaboo. When I'm not congested from all the dust on site, I pick up every odd smell. Most are temporary but one still wonders...

I remember when we put our roof on and right after, there would be a pretty strong smell of urine.

Then I recollected that the roofer had a crew of latino's up there all day and I never saw anyone go off site for a break.

Unsurprisingly, it was pretty ripe until we'd had a few strong rains.


Fatbiker said...

We had the same issue I think. we have been searching for the skmell for about 3 months. Taking everything from the dryer the washing machine apart and cleaning them. Checking plumbing vents and the such. I had to change the light bulbs in my daughters rooms and while doing this I smelled my hands and that was the smell. I cut a piece of the insultion off and handed it to my wife and she said you found the smell. So I replaced 4 fixtures that night. So check the fixturwes.