Today was spent cat-proofing the front porch and more gutter cleaning (my favourite). The neighbor’s cat has been using our porch as his/her second home and, judging by the smell, a litter box. I dug out the area that Hobo Cat was using as access to discover that there had been chicken wire laid down when the garden was originally excavated. Chicken wire is a pretty good deterrent, but any skunk or cat worth it’s salt will rip through it in no time. 2x2cm hardware cloth, buried a foot down and extending a foot from the porch wall, is a much better deterrent and will surely foil the evil Hobo Cat. He spent the afternoon watching me from across the street with pure feline loathing in his hateful little eyes.
Meanwhile D spent the afternoon in the upstairs bathroom cleaning off the dried grout that had been left all over the hastily finished tile with vinegar, Comet and elbow grease. My dad always told me, “if you’re gonna do it, do it right the first time”. If only the previous owner’s father had imparted that little piece of wisdom to him, we wouldn’t be fixing or redoing a lot of the stuff that we are.
Tomorrow the contractor is coming by to take up a section of the main subfloor to have a look-see at the joists to give us an idea of what it’ll take to level the floors out. While we’ve got the floors up, I’m having a basement specialist come by to give us a quote on waterproofing the crawlspace. I don’t think it’s done very well right now and in the spring/summer things could potentially get pretty “earthy”.