Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The outdoor sink

Hans, the Noble Spousal Unit, who has been spending almost all of his free time working on the library gazebo, was called to household carpenter duty a few days ago (almost a week, actually), when he discovered that the quickie faucet replacement repair job on the kitchen sink was not going to be so quick. The leaky faucet had been dripping on the plywood floor, and oozing on the sheetrock, and believe me, it was not a pretty sight underneath the ol' sink.

So, he ripped out the whole corner and is putting in new flooring (it had only rotted the top layer of plywood; the underlayer was just in need of a good drying out) with tile on it, new countertop (NO MORE PLYWOOD! Yahoo!), old sink, and new faucet. He replaced the sheetrock, spackled the holes and seams (and for good measure, got the dent in the wall behind the collage I usually have hanging there above where the sink used to be), laid down Wonderboard, and is building a new cabinet and shelving. And in the meantime, I've been washing dishes in a plastic tub outside, on our handy wooden spool (you know, the big kind you can use for a table), and letting them dry in the sun.

The last couple of days, I've just been putting the dirty dishes outside and letting the rain whoosh them off a bit. It hasn't dried out enough for me to be willing to stand out there and actually soap them down yet. I like washing outside in the sun. It does attract the mosquitoes, but it's not bad.

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