That`s why I have such a long list of things to do here before we leave. I`m pretty handy at fixing things, but it`s not always easy to do repairs yourself when you`re on the road and some repairs need special tools. I`m thankful that Ruth`s father has a fully equipped shop and a lot of specialized tools. If you need it, he`s pretty much got it.
I stained the cabinet I made, and it looks close enough to Shermans interior wood that I may not have to put a door over it.`I`ll put a second coat on it today and if it looks good enough I`ll varnish it and then leave it open without a door on it.
While the stain was drying, I removed Sherman`s main entrance door. I had noticed a couple of months ago that the lower trim on the door was loose and when I went to tighten it up I realized that the entire lower inner structure of the door was rotten. So I took the door off and took it apart to see how bad it was. Fortunately, it was only the lower piece of wood because that`s where any water would sit over time. So I made a new piece exactly the same and replaced it. I don`t have a lot of experience working with wood, however it sure helps having all the right tools!
Bottom section of wood was totally rotten
Brand new lower structure!
While I was doing this, Ruth took apart the oven and cleaned it. We couldn`t live without our gas oven and we use it a lot. It needed a good cleaning and now it sparkles like new!
Nice and clean!
So, what`s on the agenda for today? Well first I'm going to have a look at Ruth's father's car. He's got a water leak somewhere and apparently I used to be a licensed auto body technician, so we'll see if I remember any of that stuff. Then, some more work to Sherman. Then tonight we're headed into Ottawa to see the Chinese entry at the international fireworks competition. Should be fun!