You know when your car has a noise and you take it to the mechanic and the noise stops?
Or….maybe your spouse’s sniffer no longer works as it should?
Somewhere I blogged about our front window that we called several repairmen to fix because we had some wood rot and we weren’t sure if it was a DIY for us. Of course, as always, the people we find end up being flakes or do a half-assed job. In this instance we had too many no-shows and a guy who wanted to replace the entire window, which we had just enough knowledge to know that wasn’t necessary. After all, it was only the trim that was rotting. So we fixed the window ourselves….we simply had to find out where to purchase the wood trim, because the local Home Depots don’t carry the specific size we needed.
Recently, I kept getting a whiff of something every time I went into that room where the window we repaired was located. I asked my husband if he smelled it and he didn’t know what I was talking about. When the Wee One came over I put his sniffer to work and he smelled it too! I wasn’t imagining it. However, we couldn’t pinpoint the exact location of the smell…..just the general area.
I went on a sniffing expedition moving things out of my way with trepidation. I thought maybe one of our cats may have brought something in…..like a lizard and I would discover a rotting carcass. Maybe something died in our wall. After all, we did have a squirrel in the attic at some point.
The source? The window we repaired.
We tore down some of the drywall, because we are experts in demolition, but didn’t see anything but the framing. No mold on the drywall. Notice I said we…..I didn’t tear a hole in the wall after my husband went to work.
My husband found a small hole he missed when sealing around the window and maybe water was getting in between the trim and the framing when it rained. Anyway, we will be checking to make sure we didn’t create a science project behind our DIY window trim repair. Maybe my husband doesn’t know yet, but he will after reading this.
However, now that the drywall is gone, the smell mysteriously went with it. Maybe the small unsealed area was all it was and it was just wet wood I was smelling. I want to make sure before we repair the drywall because I don’t want the smell coming back.
Our next DIY project? The deck. We have differing opinions about how it was constructed and what we need to do to make it right so that we can get the most money for our home when we decide to put it on the market.