The Best With a Bad Surprise

In the first week of summer vacation lst year, we had a leak in our kitchen.   Fortunately, my parents were visiting, and my clever husband and father got the leak fixed in a day, but it left a little patch of water stain on our sheetrock.

Tuesday, while I was at my weekly doctor’s appointment, Jonathan decided to remove the small piece of sheetrock with the stain and replace it with a fresh piece to help the house show better.  He removed the piece and a four foot long, 30 inch wide piece of ceiling fell on him.  Apparently when he and Dad fixed the leak a year ago, some water got trapped in the layers in the ceiling and has been sitting there ever since.  It couldn’t evaporate, and it was sealed in place, just making things in a small place mushy.  When I got home from my appointment, there was a hole in the kitchen ceiling and a very frustrated husband underneath it.

Fortunately the wet patch was very localized and in one day (yesterday) Jonathan was able to remove all the damp material, re-build the ceiling and replace the sheetrock.  By 4:00 yesterday, I was back in the kitchen, able to cook supper.    Jonathan was standing under the newly mudded sheetrock looking at it saying, “Amazing.  Usually projects like this get a lot worse before they get better.”

So it was probably a good thing that we found the problem and fixed it, rather than having someone buy the house from us and discover the problem and think we’d deliberately mislead them.  The new piece of sheetrock should be completely mudded, sanded and painted within the next day, and then Jonathan’s original plan – that the house should show better – will be a reality.

Now if we could just get some more people to come SEE the house.


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After 11 years of infertility, I am now a mother to three, a wife of a Presbyterian (ARP) preacher and a struggling homemaker. Welcome to my little corner of the net. Kick off your shoes, put your feet up and join the conversation. View all posts by Coralie

5 responses to “The Best With a Bad Surprise

  • Carole

    i know the frustration…if they would just come they would like it

  • Laura

    Like you said it is good that you found it before hand rather than during the inspection.

  • Tera Montgomery

    What a blessing that Jonathan is so handy!!!

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  • Sylvia Hartnell

    I know what you mean about projects getting worse before they get better. Last year Doug was here and he said, “Why don’t I tile your bathroom floor Mom. It won’t take long and won’t cost a lot.” It ended up taking over a month and costing a small fortune. But we did get a totally new bathroom out of it which is nice. Of course part of the problem is there is no where to buy a lot of the stuff up here so you have to go to Prince George. I’m glad yours was a quick easy fix and hope your house sells soon.

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