Saturday, October 27, 2018

Walk Off........

9:25 am - Saturday - October 27th - Campbellsville, KY -46º F, 91% humidity, wind 9 mph out of the west.....heavy cloud cover.....no rain with a forecast high today of 55º F.  Was up to 3:35 am watching the longest game in MLB playoff history.  I went to bed after the top of the 17th inning and the scored tied at 2 apiece.  My L.A. Dodgers finally won on a walk off homerun by their first baseman, Max Muncy, in the bottom of the 18th inning.  At any rate, I am working on around 5 hours sleep right now......

Opposite field homerun by Max Muncy to win game 3 of the World Series!

I heard the rain on our aluminum roof throughout the early morning hours Friday beginning around 1 am, and it was still raining when the leaden skies lightened somewhat as the  cloaked light of the sun forced its way through the cloud cover around 8 am.  Time to get up after 10 hours of sleep.  We had no plans requiring us to leave the heated comfort of the Newell, so I decided it was a perfect day to take on the project of repairing one of the trim pieces in our shower.  These trim pieces hide the lip of the tub, and keep water and/or moisture from getting behind the lip. Unbeknownst  to me the bead of caulking along the top of the trim piece directly under the shower faucet had pulled away from the wall allowing moisture to get behind it.  TLE had pointed this out to me the night prior, so I had resolve to get on the repair ASAP.  Friday was the perfect day for such a long, drawn out rainy day project.  

My first job was to remove the trim piece which was affixed by 3 stainless steel screws.....

 Trim piece removed

......once the piece was removed it was obvious by looking at the back side of the trim that the wood had gotten wet, and had begun to delaminate.....


.....after spending 45 minutes drying the area behind the trim piece with TLE's hair dryer I took the trim piece out to the trailer, which I had been preheating with my small electric heater.  Using a piece of sandpaper I smoothed out each piece removing the water stains.  As I sanded I noticed there were some damp spots on the wood, so I used my heat gun (see picture above) to dry those spots.  Finally it was time to glue it all back together, and then apply clamps to hold it all in place....regretfully I neglected to take pictures of the trim piece with 8 'C' clamps attached to it. Nevertheless, after letting the glue dry from 12 pm to after 8 pm it was time to reinstall the trim piece, and then apply a new bead of silicone caulk.......


......it took just a few minutes to reinstall the trim piece, and then run a bead of silicone along the top edge, and all that remained was for the caulk to cure overnight before we could use the shower once again.

Repaired trim piece reinstalled with a bead of silicone caulk.....the very caulk I had purchased in Burlington, VT for just such a situation.

The aforementioned World Series game 3 began at 8:10 pm with the Dodgers trailing in teh Series 2 games to none.   It was 1-0 in favor of the Dodgers going into the top of the 8th inning.  The starting pitcher, Walker Buehler, had not allowed a run in 7 innings, but with two outs in the top of the 8th inning the Dodger closer, Kenley Jansen gave up a one run homerun to tie the game.  Both teams scored one run each in the very weird 13th inning to make the score 2-2, and then as I reported above, Max Muncy hit the walk off homerun to win the game in the bottom of the 18th.

TLE was in bed by 1:30 am, but I could not go to sleep until after 3:30 am with the game still in doubt.  I woke up to go to the bathroom around 6:30 and checked my phone to find the Dodgers had finally won.  And now it is time for a nap!

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