So the urge came upon me. It doesn't happen often. Suddenly I decided to fix the kitchen sink! Some time back, in the days of never ending rain, I obtained a tube of sealant for the job. The sink required urgent repair as the sealant was fast falling apart. This was a result of the building moving slowly, oh so slowly, over time. I had replaced the sealant about ten years ago in a similar situation and now I noticed the gaps along the wall, plus the tiles separating from one another by some distance. I decided to act!
Some months later I bought the sealant and placed it in the corner so I would not forget. Cold weather, very cold and lots of it accompanied by freezing rain, distracted my well meant intentions. Time past, only a few months or so, but today the great day arrived! I got to work with a will, well a small Stanley knife actually, removing the remnants of the previous badly bodged job. This went well. By the time I had finished this small area was covered with foul, used sealant, several tiles that fell down, one breaking as it did so, plus an amazing amount of muck from who knows where!
Was I dismayed? Well yes actually!
Anyhow I organised the job, took the old tube of sealant still in the sealant gun all those years later from the gun....hold on how does it come out?
I pushed it, I pulled it, I turned it this way and that. I twisted that bit, pulled this bit, cursed it a lot, but it would not remove itself. This is daft thought I as I had this trouble before and in the end it was a simple thing to remove the old tube. I just couldn't do it! Pull, push, twist, curse, drop it, start again. Look at it carefully from all angles, inspect every part, it is simple, it must be that bit, no it isn't, try this, didn't work.
Isn't it always the way. Instruction manuals always say 'Place part 'A' in part 'B,' then using Philips screwdriver screw bolt.' Simple, but you don't have that screwdriver, the part 'A' doesn't fit and Part 'B' is a different shape from the illustration. Now I had that sort of problem.
Naturally I threw it down and had tea.
Later, much later, I picked up sealant gun and just pulled and pushed at both ends and the old tube fell out.
Apart from almost breaking my toe I was pleased!
Insert new tube. Cut top off. Place hose bit on end. Take aim. Fire!
I slowly began to squeeze the trigger, aiming carefully at the chosen line.
A thickish stream of sealant came out and failed miserably to follow the line which I was taking. Hold on!
This stuff is grey!
In my anxiety to purchase the cheapest of the several thousand tubes standing at attention in Wickes I forgot to check the colour! It was Grey, not white!
Insert new tube, a tube of white sealant, hold on, I don't have one.
Off to Tesco! Much closer than Wickes.
One tube of £1:49 sealant, much cheaper than Wickes, later I start again. This time the job is done, and done very badly indeed! Technical things, like switching on a light, turning a handle and sweeping a floor, are all a bit much for me. Inserting a never ending toothpaste like substance into a long slender gap that keeps moving was asking for trouble. Much later the gap was filled, very badly indeed, so was the sink, the tap and even a gap on the cooker behind me! How?
What a mess! It has revealed a talent unequaled since thon fellow claimed the tower at Pisa would stay straight as a die for ever.
Tomorrow I do the bath, where, at the moment, only one tile requires replacing. At the moment......