Saturday, 30 June 2012

In Which It Is Determined That My Confidence Is Misplaced

I don't think anyone who knows me would argue when I say that, in most areas of life, I ought to have more confidence.  Unfortunately, one of the few areas exempt from this is the area of DIY, at which my confidence positively brims, well outstripping my abilities.

So the shower started leaking last week, and I thought I'd better fix it before it brought a ceiling down or something.  I have a couple of tubes of sealy stuff, and they had instructions, so, you know, it seemed do-able.  PLUS I had to buy a barrel gun thing to put the sealy stuff into, and that's always exciting, because it means I get to go to Homebase and throw something technical-looking onto the counter in a nonchalant way.  If I'm feeling rakish, sometimes I'll even research it online beforehand, so that I can ask intelligent-sounding questions (to which I already know the answers) and the Man In The Shop will be impressed.

So I got the barrel gun thing, and I came home, and I thought "I'll take my contacts out before I start this, because I don't want to have to take them out later when there may be a residue of sealy stuff on my hands", so I did that, but then my glasses were downstairs and I couldn't be bothered getting them, and I just thought "I'll get nice and close so I can see it ok".  But then the stuff squirted out everywhere, and they were not lying when they said on the tube that it sticks to EVERYTHING.

On the plus side, I think I fixed the leak, though*.

*On the minus side, it is possible that no moisture will escape from my bathroom EVER AGAIN.


rafija said...

have you ever watched those? there's always a way ;)

Anonymous said...

as a former B&Q employee I *and many of the students who covered the weekend shifts* in the shop wouldn't have actually been impressed because we wouldn't have known if you are doing the right thing....though we might have pretended to have been impressed...I think the lady who covered the sealant aisle in our store and would therefore have been the sealant expert was actually a hairdresser...or a mum

Sharon Gilmore said...

Thanks rafija! I shall study those and learn!

Canalways, I am disappointed. Next time, I shall demand to speak to an expert, and then wow them with my mad skillz.