Sunday, October 01, 2006

Boberta the Builder

The weather we've had this summer has done horrors to my house. The biggest problem the rains have caused has been the door jamb, which has swollen up to nearly mythic proportions, and made the door not the most fun to deal with.

And I was a little cranky.

And my husband likes to leave a sledge hammer by the door. *

Beware cranky redheads wielding sledge hammers.

So I took off the door jamb with the sledge hammer - forgot to take before pictures of the swollen jamb, but this is an after.

You can even see my little handmade toile curtain that was the first thing that went up when I moved in, replacing the torn tee-shirt that was hanging there. Straight men should not attempt window treatments.

But then again, apparently neither should cranky redheads attempt demolition.

I sorta got stuck once the door jamb was off.

I made a trip to my local neighborhood Home Depot, where I was reminded why I should have gone to Lowe's. I found the wood I wanted, and asked someone if I could get it cut to length. Without so much as a smile, nod, or word, she turned on her heels and walked away.

A moment later she returned with someone who did take the hurculean effort of lifting his arm slightly to point down the aisle and saying "see that cutting thing? the customer does it himself." and walking away.

But yes, in fact, the customer does do it HERself (ahem) and I did it very well, thank you, including some rubber weather stripping for additional insulation.

Yeah, it's probably all wrong. But the stinkin' door closes (though it's partially open in that last picture), and even opens again, and I'm proud of myself.

And very, very, very sore.

*I think this is in case someone is breaking in, so they have a way of getting past the pitbull. I have since moved the sledge hammer.


Anonymous Mom said...

Hey, I'm proud of you, too!
I've never even thought of replacing a door jamb!

9:10 PM  
Blogger Coleen said...

You're too cool. Do you do windows too?

9:24 PM  
Blogger trek said...

But can you sing the theme song?

Can we fix it?

9:43 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

GO YOU! nothing makes you feel more like an acomplished woman than doing a manly fix it job around the house.... why is that? (I was all aglow for like 3 months after I installed a ceiling fan once.)

9:58 PM  
Blogger The Queen said...

Anytime you want to visit me in "frankenhouse" I'm so in need of some estrogen-equity.

10:09 PM  
Blogger dragon knitter said...

sheesh. if i go to home depot, they ALWAYS cut it for me. maybe i just look to helpless (or is that hopeless?)

and i do that kind of crap too, lol. right now i'm contemplating replacing my front screen door, lol.

11:13 PM  
Blogger loribird said...

You go girl!
Looks good to me! (I like the curtain too!)

12:12 AM  
Blogger eunny said...

Good grief! You're a braver woman than I...motorized cutting things and I do not get along.

10:40 AM  
Anonymous JessaLu said...

Okay maybe I'm just a bitch but I would have taken note of his name, dropped what I was holding right there (preferably on his toe, walked over to customer service and told them why they were losing my business. Just reading that pisses me right off - what the hell happened to customer service??!? (but that is a rant for another day...)

11:17 AM  
Blogger Linda said...

My husband works at home depot - find your receipt and log on to tell management what happened to you - they need to know that so things can change. Great job, by the way. Linda

1:18 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Amiegirl, you are so the badass! Door jams and sledge hammers...jeez if you were butch I might be contemplating a coup! ;) Ok, you and I know I'm kidding, but to the rest of the knitters: KIDDING!!

Anyway, I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart forall of the support you've given me. I finished my rads today (B'bye rads!) and I'll be admitted a week from today for my high dose and transplant.

Could you maybe email me your phone number again, since I lost it? My current email is

Much love to you, your furfamily, your incredibly wonderful brother, you beautiful husband, and all that you hold dear. Amie, you're so special, so sweet and kind, and I appreciate your kindness so much more than I've expressed.

Because of you, my Knit Angel, I think I'm going to have to purchase some inspiring yarn and take it and some needles into the hospital -- much to Lorraine's chagrine, although she doesn't know it yet.

Oh whatever... I'm getting a transplant....sue me!

Thank you again for all of the support, sweet friend......

9:31 PM  
Blogger gwtreece said...

You go girl. Don't stand in your way with a sledge hammer.

5:00 PM  

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