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Sunday, July 29, 2012

On Leaving America - Part 9

The House That Tried To Kill Me.

It’s weird. Shortly after we decided to sell the house things started to go sideways.
I was in the kitchen making coffee last month and my wife was upstairs taking a shower. Then suddenly I was taking a shower, which was strange as I was still in the kitchen. A pipe inside the shower stall wall had broken and water soaked though the kitchen ceiling dry wall, shorting out two of the lights and working its south to destroy part of the living room ceiling. Cost of patchwork, painting and plumber: $1050. Our insurance deductable: $1000.

Where The Shower Head Used To Be

Murphy’s Law
Two weeks later I decided to replace a mattress on a Murphy Bed we have in the guest room as we were expecting a visit from some friends who live in California. I got the mattress off okay and then thought, what the hell, I might as well replace the box springs too. I removed a couple clips that held the box springs to the frame and had it halfway off when the bed when the whole thing shot up life a giant mousetrap knocking me across the room and totally destroying the frame and wood panel that matched the wall when the bed was folded up. I was later told by a Murphy Bed dealer that the springs that helped raise the bed back up into the wall had a total pull force of 600 pounds. We had a choice, replace the Murphy bed ($2,500) or remove the thing completely which seemed like a good idea at the time.
After the bed was removed we realized there was no carpet under where the deadly machine had lain in wait. A patch would show, not good as we are planning to sell.
Now need to put new carpet in the room and repaint walls.

Death From Above
While removing the metal framework that once held the Murphy bed I kept noticing a scratchy, kind of buzzy noise. It seemed to be coming from the guest bedroom ceiling. Thank God there are no pipes up there, but the was something. Rats in the attic? I located what seemed to be the source of the sound and poked where it seemed to be coming from with my index finger. The ceiling was paper thin at that spot and my finger went straight though the dry wall. I got stung five times in very rapid succession and thousands of very pissed off wasps came pouring out. I escaped into the hallway and slammed the door shut. It sounded like there was an airplane inside the room for the next two days. What to do? Finally I put on two pairs of pants, some old cowboy boots, a leather motorcycle jacket and crash helmet with a face plate. Then I took my wife’s vacuum cleaner, removed the end piece leaving an open sucking tube and reentered the wasp filled room. There were hundreds of them waiting for me.

A Few Of The Dead Removed From Vacuum Cleaner Bag

I must admit I sort of enjoyed this part. It was like Star Wars, me with one of those wand things sucking up wasps as they unsuccessfully tried to sting their way though leather and plastic. I got rid of almost all of them and taped up the hole. They had chewed thought the wallboard to collect material for what must have been a good sided nest. “Paper wasps,” the exterminator said.
They guy who repaired the kitchen ceiling is now repairing the wasp hole in the bedroom ceiling.

More Dead Ones Killed By The Exterminator

The Exterminator
I'm beginning to think this house has some kind of evil consciousness. It knows we're leaving and it wants revenge. I’ll be lucky to get out of here alive!

1 comment:

  1. We just moved out of our home of 23 years, and our adventure was boring compared to yours...thank goodness, you are all well and safe.