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Saturday, May 09, 2009 |
( 5/09/2009 11:07:00 AM ) Bill S.
SKIRTING THE ISSUE: Spent part of the blistery triple digit afternoon replacing some vinyl skirting on the ol' double-wide yesterday. A couple months back, my cowboy neighbor Clay volunteered to do a little controlled burning on the weeds in our front yard, and it briefly got away from him. I'd come home at lunch to see him getting ready to begin, mini-flamethrower in hand, and I asked if he needed any help at the time, but he indicated that he had everything in hand, thanks. Me, the only way I know to deal with weeds is with Round-Up, so I went inside and left him to it. Midway into lunch, I stepped back outside to see him frantically dipping his hat into the tiny manmade rock pond beside the house to put out the grassy conflagration. End result: six burnt and curled vinyl panels, one very embarrassed neighbor.
Took me a while to get the replacement panels: you can order 'em online, but every place I looked had a prohibitive shipping cost. (In one case, I remember, the shipping was four times the cost of the skirting.) For a month-and-a-half, we used a big piece o' plywood to cover the unsightly burns: real classy look. Finally went into town to a local manufactured homes seller and bought two twelve-foot sheets plus a top rail to hold 'em in place. No shipping cost, happily.
Expected the replacement to take longer than it did. The most time-devouring activity revolved around scraping dead grass and weeds out of the nooks where the panels interconnected: the stuff grows up into it and is a pain in the ass to get out. But Clay and I got it all replaced, and the front once more looks ever-so-humble. Next time, it's Round-Up weed and grass killer for me. It's not as if I have a lawn, after all.