Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Home Repair With A Little Ingenuity


Since we moved back into our home over Labor Day weekend 2014 I have been systematically making my way through the house and yard making repairs and improvements.  One of the bigger ones to tackle was the kitchen backsplash.  It had sustained some water damage while we were away and as a result it warped and popped off the wall.


It took me awhile to get to it for a couple of reasons.  The biggest was to decide whether I was going to repair it or replace it.  Once I decided it would be best, for the time being, to repair it I had to figure out the best way to get this accomplished.  I had a pretty good idea of how I thought I could do it, but whether or not it would actually work remained to be seen.


After cleaning it all up and removing the old caulking with a sharp razor blade I squirted liberal amounts of heavy duty construction adhesive behind the backsplash.  I stacked pieces of wood in front of the backsplash where it was warped the most and used another piece of wood and a length of furring strip to wedge it tight up against the wall and hold it into place.

Hey, whatever works!

Twenty four hours later I removed my crazy contraption and found it had worked just as I had hoped.  After some new caulking to seal it up and make it watertight once again it is good as new.


I really love having my backsplash repaired, finally, and this item crossed off of my "to do" list.  Much easier to keep things clean too, not to mention it looks so much better.

It was an inexpensive repair too.  Only cost me the price of a tube of caulk.  So, why the heck did I wait so long to fix it?



6 comments:

  1. It looks great! I had to giggle at your ingenuity in rigging up the wood and furring strip to hold it up against the wall. Nice job!! :)

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    1. Not nearly as funny as me hitting my head on it several times. It wasn't like I didn't know it was there! Ha!

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  2. Smart move there! When you figure out why we all procrastinate getting jobs done sell your secret. You will be a millionaire in a few weeks!

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    1. I know! I really think it was my fear that it wouldn't work. So silly.

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  3. Wow! I am so impressed with your self sufficiency when it comes to home repair! I am a renter and my shower door is in desperate need of a new silicon caulk seal but I am terrified to do it. I am afraid the whole door might fall off or something. My landlord gets the cheapest labor possible to fix things so I think I might be able to do it better. Any advice from a seasoned do it yourselfer?

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    1. YouTube videos! Whenever I'm not sure I check YouTube. As far as caulking goes, get the old stuff off and clean it up real good so you have a clean dry surface. Let your caulk cure 24 hours too. And don't fuss with it too much. The best thing is if you goof it up you can always take it off and try again.

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