So. I have so many posts swirling around in my head – home improvement posts; pondering the New Year posts; fixing broken stuff posts; the list goes on and on. Today, since we are in the middle of a very cold stretch of weather I figured we’d talk about that. Sorry. But, I’m sure I’ll make you feel at least a little bit better about dealing with the frigid temps at your house.

This is our kitchen. I told you I’d make you feel better. You’re welcome…

Let me back up. A few weeks ago, after a brief cold snap, my washing machine wouldn’t fill with water. We figured out pretty fast that the water lines to the machine must’ve frozen. (My washer and dryer are currently in the kitchen, which I don’t love, but hope to change someday soon.) Ed, being the handy, Mr. Fix It man that he is, managed to get things going again. The pictures below are from that day…

He simply cut out the sheet rock and stuffed insulation into the wall. It is interesting to note, however, that the plumbing for the washer was added within the last five years or so, and yet, no insulation was put into the wall at that time. It is also interesting to note that when Ed went into the basement to put insulation up into the wall from there, he found a pair of man’s pants stuffed in the wall. Yes, you read that right. He found a pair of MAN’S PANTS! Ha! It makes you wonder – was there a man working in the basement at some point who needed something to insulate with and all he had were his pants so he took them off and shoved them into the wall?! Hilariously weird, right? I wish Ed had taken a picture of them. I had all sorts of questions about the pants. Were they old? What size were they? Anything in the pockets? He couldn’t tell me anything about them, he simply threw them in the trash. I explained that next time he finds PANTS IN THE WALL I’d like to see them…

So, he fixed the water lines to the washer, and everything worked great until the next stretch of wicked cold weather last week. That’s when this happened:

Ed figured he’d better be more thorough. He took off the sheet rock he’d just replaced and dug deeper by removing the old lath so he could see what was behind it. He basically found a cave. A dead space. No insulation, no flooring, no barrier of any kind. This space behind the wall goes under a stairway, but also meets up with a couple of exterior walls. Having this cave exposed in the kitchen was like leaving every door and window open with a stiff breeze blowing in. BRRRR! As he poked around some more he found a literal hole in the dead space. An opening that went down into the ground. No cover on it. No way to identify what it was. He dropped a stick into it and couldn’t hear it hit anything or see it land. A dark abyss in the kitchen cave. A tunnel to another dimension perhaps. Ha! Strange, interesting, and a little creepy, right?! Again, no picture – apparently it was too dark. I need to get the man a head lamp…

Ed put a board over the abyss, filled the cave with insulation, and buttoned the wall back up. Everything is in working order once again! And in case you’re wondering, I  love my old, quirky, crooked farmhouse more than ever, even with its frozen pipes, pants in the wall, and creepy black holes! 🙂

Warm Blessings!

xo

Lisa

3 Thoughts on “Pants In The Wall & Black Holes In The Kitchen Cave”

    • I’m just rolling with it! It helps that Ed has been able to fix the things that have come up so far. Now, we’ll see how calm I am when something happens and he’s out of town…

  • LOL, pants in the wall…ha! Well, with the sort of books I write, my first thought was should’ve been turned in for a DNA check to be sure they weren’t evidence in some criminal investigation. Mike says I need help.

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