Got termites? I hate those little evahl white bastards. Well what was supposed to be a simple tile change out, you know rip out the old and cement in the new, turned into a major rehab.
It may be tough to see without clicking on the picture, but in the lower right hand corner you see that stud closest to the right? No not me that wooden piece of crap hanging from the ceiling. All the way to the right. It’s gone. Imagine our surprise when we ripped out that old vinyl bath liner. We started at 8AM Sunday and the plan was to rip out everything and rebuild what we needed to all before quitting time that day. Well the bathroom wall spilled into the drywall in the living room, then the living room floor. We stopped at 8PM and we were still only 90% done with the demo and didn’t even start reframing.
You see kind of in the middle of the picture by that single blue tile, so you see all of that chewed up wood that those little evahl white bastards made? Those studs were like dry newspaper. You could literally put your finger through the studs. I’m also happy to get that black mould out of the house. That can’t be good for you.
So we obviously had to keep ripping out in every direction until we found no more little evahl white bastards. So now we had the exterminator guy out – cha ching. Another trip to Big Sucky Orange Store – cha ching. The plumber – cha ching. Big Sucky Orange Store – Cha Ching. Debris disposal – cha ching. All the tradespeople I know hate the fixtures and supplies that Big Orange Sucky sells.
If you haven’t done the Gee-See thing, general contractor thing that is, then you don’t know how tough it is to coordinate things. People show up before materials or with the wrong tools. Surprises come up. E can’t be done until A, B, C and D are finished.
So if you think you have termites, don’t mess around call in a professional. The little evahl white bastards can wreck your house.
We didn’t get any swarms. They also say that you can see termites mud tunnels outside of your house. Termites don’t come for wood; they come for wo0d and water. So if you have a water leak, or suspect a leak, fix it before the wood frame gets wet and becomes a target for termites. Make sure there are no wood products like firewood or wood mulch right up against your house.
The exterminator is going to use termite baits dug into the ground. There are wooden disks made from wood pulp and a insect growth regulator that keeps the little evahl white bastards from reproducing. The bug killer will also use spray in some areas and drill some holes through the bathroom floor and inject poisons down there too. The liquid insecticide they use he said was the same as is in Frontline that some folks put on their dogs and cats. He said the Frontline was at least ten times stronger than what he uses.
The positive thing is that now I’ll have a nice new bathroom. Plus I was able to take out all of the old fiberglass insulation and replace it with nice new fluffy thick insulation and also get rid of all that black mould.
So this used to be the wall between the bathroom and the living room.
Then you got the wall all framed out. Is it me or has l umber gotten real expensive?
Which reminds me, going to the bathroom outside sucks. Plastic bags and buckets suck. Not having a hot shower sucks. Think about how your preps are in the bathroom, bucket and shower department. Maybe you need to plan for these critical areas. A dirty ass doesn’t only stink; it’s also unhealthy.
Get Outside Everday!!!
If you had your own field guides you would know that the multitudes of green berries on this plan don’t make it a greenberry plant. You would know that this is a blueberry with gobs of immature blueberries. Go ahead and click on the picture to expand it. Quite a few berries, huh? Once they ripen and turn blue you can pick them and dry them in the summer sun. Should be next month when they start to get pickable. I used to make wild mountain blueberry wine. It was a deliciously sweet syrupy concoction. Then you got ya blueberry pancakes, fritters, waffles, crepes, cookies, muffins with duck breast or pork or in a salad.