Sometimes my imagination can run a little amok. Part of this current porch upgrade is to insulate underneath it. This was originally an outdoor open porch that has been enclosed but without any insulation.
The first obvious problem with doing any work under the porch is the spider webs. I suggested just selling the house but my wife wasn’t excited about that idea. However she did say she didn’t know how I could go down there to work. Turns out she wasn’t making a comment about my weight but was thinking of how dirty it is under the floor.
Anyway as I was laying in the dirt several things entered my mind. Some of those thoughts included:
Maybe it would have been wise to have bought Tyvek coveralls.
I remember reading somewhere that anthrax lives dormant in dirt.
In the movie ‘X files’ an alien virus lived in the dirt.
I wondered what might kill me first, a spider bite, anthrax, or an alien virus.
Maybe I should have bought a hazmat suit.
To move around under the porch requires a belly crawl. At one point an old apothecary bottle complete with the cork was unearthed. Maybe it once held a cure for an alien virus! Or maybe just cough syrup, who knows.
After finishing what could be done that day my wife asked if there were any signs of animals under there. I assured her there wasn’t. She does not like mice in particular and the thought of having them in the house kind of freaks her out. I know it’s silly when you consider the fact that there is spiders and possibly imaginary viruses to worry about.
Now that the repairs are complete and the insulation is done the new floor covering can be installed. So far it’s only taken 1 1/2 weeks to do a “weekend” project. Another 5 or 6 days should be sufficient to finish this project.
By the way, there is a broken light fixture in the upstairs bathroom. My honey-do list is starting to resemble a full length novel. I just have to remind myself of Ecclesiastes 10:18 Because of laziness the building decays, and through idleness of hands the house leaks.
Rev. Burt Schwab