Tuesday, October 10, 2006

A LIFE'S WORK






















This summer I applied wood preservative to our large weatherbeaten deck which is on our garage and which juts out into the neighborhood like a ship coming into harbor. It smelled bad, but I assumed that this was temporary and that the smell would dissipate over time.

Well, it didn't; the smell got worse and worse until a horrible chemical stench like a heap of smouldering piss-soaked matteresses filled the nieghborhood. I still hoped it would go away, but it actually increased.

So I scrubbed the whole deck with TSP; did it again; rented a powerwasher and blasted the upper 1/8" of wood off the surface of the deck; washed and scrubbed it repeatedly with deck wash, the toxic runoff of which I had of course to collect in a wheelbarrow and schlep to the house to be poured down the proper drain.

Now the formerly handsome red cedar deck is so white and ravaged-looking it could lure Andrew Wyeth out of his grave and it still smells like roasting gumboots.

12 Comments:

Anonymous b. lynch black said...

uhm... dude. andrew wyeth is *not* dead!

10:51 AM  
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I love the figure on the left. It had drips that look like solidified glue.

12:19 PM  
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3:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

eek. what brand preservative?

8:09 PM  
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Anonymous Pepe Fanjul Jr. said...

I love the figure on the left. It had drips that look like solidified glue.

12:18 PM  

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