Saturday, July 10, 2010
Halfway through the day I realized that I was going to run out of lumber. No plans means not being able to accurately judge how much of everything I'll need. I bought 6 2x4's @ 8' long and today I had to go and buy six more. I always underestimate what I'm going to need before I start, even when I do have plans. By 4:30pm I was too exhausted to continue, wimp that I am. I was sweaty and tired and I'd skipped lunch. I tidied and vacuumed the room to prepare for more work tomorrow, brought the tools inside so they don't get stolen and got to use my new reciprocating saw...
The guest room has an antique rope bed which is 3/4 size. There has been a foam double mattress on there, which works out OK because I can squash the length down to fit and all it does is make putting sheets on a little difficult. However, a few months back, the cat peed, twice, right in the middle of the bed. The mattress didn't have a waterproof cover on it. I sprayed it down with cleaner but had to wait until the weather was warm enough to take it outside and give it a proper cleaning. I cleaned it last week, took the cover off and everything. The cover went in the washing machine and the mattress got hosed off outside. It took three days to dry out again. All would be well if not for the fact that once you remove a factory installed cover off a foam mattress and wash/dry it? It's not going back on. I knew there was a good chance that would happen and I did it anyway. Since the pieces were already apart I had a friend help me cut a few inches off the length so it would fit the bed better. Then I tried to put the foam back in the cover. Not happening. So today I decided I'd have to cut a couple of inches off the width and try again. This time I was alone and hence I got to use my new reciprocating saw. Not what it's meant for, but in the past I've usually used an electric carving knife and that works just fine. The saw actually works better than a carving knife but is almost too heavy for me to operate one handed. By the end I thought I was going to drop it. Once the excess was cut off it still took me over an hour to wrestle the foam back into the cover. Moral of the story? If the mattress has a cover, even if it has a zipper, do NOT remove it. I know you can buy spray to make foam slide back in easier but I didn't have any and I'm not sure even that would have worked.