The recent heavy wind has played havoc with our gate, which sadly had one slam too many and started to fall apart.
Hubby is not one to put new to old in the repair line if he can help it, so it was a trip down to the local timber merchants for some feather board to reskin it.
The framework was solid, but the existing boards were split or cracked, and two were actually broken, so I’ve had a lesson in gate making.
To be honest, it was quite straightforward once he’d got the old stuff off and won the fight to get the furniture off which he’d ensured some time ago wouldn’t shift.
He always makes things like this look pretty easy, and it’s not until he begins to swear that I get an inkling something is amiss. That’s usually when he sends me out for things that don’t exist.
I was chief holder of the nails and gap guide, plus his gopher when he needed his plane.
I was always catching my knuckles on the flip catch, so that has now gone and we have a heavy duty bolt and padlock.
A new gate would have cost somewhere in the region of £60, so for an outlay of £12.82 which included a huge bag of nails, we did damn good!
With all the banging going on on our side of the fence, we had an echo from next door, so thought perhaps he was doing a similar repair to theirs.
We were finished and having a well earned cuppa when there was a knock on the door.
It was an ** illiterate salesman apologising for the noise next door and asking if we wanted new double glazing. Hubby was polite as he said No thank you and tried to close the door, but the guy was persistent, saying they could give us a quote in case we wanted the job done in a couple of years. Hubby closed the door a little more, trying hard not (?) to catch the guy’s extended hand.
The dog started to bark then and he got the message (good girl, even if she was a little late on the uptake of guarddogship).
** I say illiterate because we have a notice on our front door about junk mail and unwanted callers. Door to door sales is one of them as well as politicians, charity bags, catalogues and business flyers to name a few others.
Besides, our double glazing enquiries are always done in sixes, where we invite 6 companies to visit, measure up and quote, then decide after we’ve got them all in. We do warn them in advance that we would not be signing up on the day, and insist on quotes, not estimates.