The Rust Never Rests

So, now that we are moved in, cue the announcer…”Welcome to the rest of your life!”

As with any relocation, the first weeks (sometimes months) are when the jubilant high of the “we did it!” becomes the “what else did we not see in the inspection?” We are pretty seasoned home owners and kind of know what to expect in buying a pre-owned house, but with each move, there are always crappy fun little surprises!

For example, we were NOT told in the disclosure that the garage door didn’t work. I blogged about that in this post. Upon arrival, the garage door doesn’t work because the garage OPENER doesn’t work. Oh, and the door had termites, too! The house was fumigated but the garage door will have to wait a bit.

We were told the dryer didn’t work. Upon closer inspection, the electrical outlet was corroded BUT the dryer MIGHT still work if the outlet is fixed.Well…we got it fixed and the dryer came on BUT without heat. So, that disclosure was true and a new dryer had to purchased. Thankfully the washer works but 2 trips to the laundromat for drying was enough! The bother, right?! 😉

Dryer outlet before...yuck!

Dryer outlet before…yuck!

...and after! Much better!

…and after! Much better!

Old rusted top dryer...

Old rusted top dryer…that doesn’t work!

...sparkly new dryer!

But this does…a sparkly new dryer!

We feared the stove would have to be replaced first. It appeared to be a rusted hulk of yuck! We were told it works “as far as they knew” and it did have a digital clock illuminated. But with a lot of scrubbing with steel wool and a lot of bleach water for the grime, it works! It’s a bit tricky…I had never used a “solid surface element” cooktop but I’m getting the hang of it! I am treating it like a cast iron skillet…a bit of oil on the burner, get it smoking hot and then cool – done! And the oven is spot on with temperature and cooking time! Thankfully, it just needed a good cleaning!

It doesn't look bad in this photo, but the burners are covered in rust!

It doesn’t look bad in this photo, but the burners are covered in rust!

Rusty, grimy, gunky burners before...

Rusty, grimy, gunky burners before…

...much better, cleaner and rust-free now!

…much better, cleaner and rust-free now!

The ceiling fans in the kitchen/den area were pretty sad…they were actually drooping. The humidity here causes warping and mildew as well as instigating the rust that never rests! Most of the bulbs were either missing or burnt out. Mr. G removed the rusted screws holding the mildewy, dusty globes and replaced the particle board blades with plastic blades. There isn’t much to do about the rust but the rest of the unit looks much brighter and is definitely cleaner! All the sockets lit up with new bulbs! I had one more in a bedroom which I asked Mr. G to take the globes down for cleaning. Good thing there weren’t any more – he was getting a bit cranky working with his arms over his head on these!


Ceiling fan before…


…and after!

Close up of rust...

Close up of rust…

...and droopy blades

…and droopy blades. This was actually the best one!

There are 3 of these in this room...before...

There are 3 of these in this room…before…

Ceiling fans done!

…now, ceiling fans done!

One last rust project…this corner cabinet has an old-school metal Lazy Susan unit. Mr. G fought the good fight to get it out. I fought the good fight with some steel wool and a can of white spray paint! Mr. G battled it once again to re-install it and now it looks so much better, too!



Close-up of bottom shelf!

Close-up of bottom shelf!

...and after!

…and after!

So that’s a few of the things we’ve accomplished in the past couple of weeks. We take our little victories when we can, right?! Rust never rests here so this will be an ongoing battle but I think we can handle it! A little spray paint goes a long way!

We also got the car registered and inspected and we both passed a written driver’s test to get our licenses this past week! It’s been a productive 3 weeks since we moved in! We rewarded ourselves each evening with cocktails on the front lanai!

Hopefully, in the next few weeks we can get some furniture…


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ewgreenlee
    May 29, 2015 @ 17:01:06

    Paradise is about to kill me, Mrs. G.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. atkokosplace
    May 29, 2015 @ 19:18:53

    Amazing work you’ve done! Homeownership…. Projects are never ending! Looks like you are tackling them without trouble. Way to go! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person


    • sbrctag
      May 30, 2015 @ 06:43:30

      Thanks for stopping by atkokosplace! We have taken on enough projects to know which ones to tackle and when to call a professional. The first people we get to know in a new place is a good electrician and plumber! They usually get at least two if not twenty calls from us!! LOL

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