Apr 082017

If you live close to the ocean, rust is a fact of life. And you don’t have to get something wet for it to be susceptible. It’s amazing how much damage the salt air can do to metal if you don’t keep up with maintenance.

One of the big selling points when we bought our house was the 1100 square foot garage, a massive steel addition that is almost four times larger than the Winnebago diesel pusher motorhome lived in. But, being a steel building, you can’t just ignore it. Especially not here. And apparently the last owners did for quite some time.

We had a couple of sections of the frame near the front door that had rusted very badly and needed to be replaced. I quickly learned that while there a lot of nice folks who live in our small town, finding a reliable repairman can be a challenge. Two different welders I contacted said they would be out the next day, and neither showed up. I contacted both of them with follow-up calls, and again got promises they would come and give me an estimate. And again, they didn’t show up. Okay, this isn’t baseball. In Nick’s world you get two strikes and you’re out. I figure if somebody can’t keep an appointment when he’s trying to get my business, what’s it going to be like once he does?

Fortunately, someone recommended one of our neighbors, a fellow named Chris Hayward, who is a welder. I called Chris a while back and he came over the next day, right on time, looked the job over and gave me what I considered to be a very fair estimate. Chris did tell me that he is semi-retired and only does this kind of work on Fridays, and that it would be a couple of weeks before he could get to it. No problem, just talking to him, I knew he would be here when he said he would. And sure enough, he was! Chris started the job last week and finished it yesterday, right on schedule, and I’m very pleased with the quality of his work.

As it turns out, Chris used to run a welding business when he lived in Indiana, and during his slow periods, he delivered RVs for some of the manufactures up in the Elkhart area. Small world, right?

Chris is also quite the fisherman and he gave me some pointers on some of the best fishing areas around here. I marked several of them on the map and I’m looking forward to trying my luck.

Terry finished proofing and editing The Gecko in the Corner yesterday, and once she was finished I made all the corrections, and then sent it to the second proofreader last night. It should be live Sunday, or Monday at the latest. Once that’s done I’ll start working on the new issue of the Gypsy Journal. There’s always another project.

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  One Response to “Salt Air And Steel = Rust”

  1. The joys of home ownership!! Seems there is always something to be worked on. Finding good help in small towns is definitely a challenge. All in all however, it’s totally worth it!!!

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