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The dangers of too much frugality

September 26, 2010

It had been 2 years since water-sealing the front porch. I meant to do it last Summer, but you know, surgery and all that.

So this week I pressure-washed the porch and waited a couple days for it to dry. Yesterday I noticed clouds building up so I thought; “You’d better get that sealant on it before it rains!”

Of course the hose connection broke off the sprayer. With clouds approaching, I quickly fashioned a new one by drilling a ¼” hole in a dime, soldering it onto a piece of copper tube to make a flange, chucking the tube in the drill press and filing off the rim of the flange until it measured the right diameter to fit in the locking collar, then some silicone and quick assembly, and the spray can was fixed! Ha!  Just enough time to seal the wood before it could rain!

Except the gallon can of sealant in the garage was almost empty. Had about 1 cup of liquid in it. Apparently I hadn’t wanted to throw it out. Did you know a nearly-empty can looks exactly like a full one?

Torrential rains followed, and the temperature dropped, so the porch is drying ever so slowly…

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  1. September 27, 2010 at 23:25 | #1

    Your ingenuity amazes me but your frugality definitely has a downside. I guess you will have to shake cans and look closely at jars before the next project comes due and then gather your equipment!

  2. October 4, 2010 at 12:51 | #2

    That sucks man. But I guess you can be prowd of the fact that HAD the can been full you would of saved the day.

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