The Stench

My wife told me a few weeks ago that there was a funny smell in the wall near our kitchen table. I had an upper respiratory infection at the time, so I couldn’t smell it. And then it was finals week, my new job started, and general life happening, so I had no time to address the issue. But we’re coming up on Nathan’s birthday (and mine), so we are going to have people in the house, and the smell was obvious even to me by this point. As my dad would say, “Something died, and did NOT go to heaven!”

Today was my last day of adult health clinicals (yaay!), and I got home around 3pm. When I got home, I noticed our kitchen whiteboard (which we use as a general “to do list” looked like this:

To do.

To do. Also, my son takes his S.A.T tomorrow.

I got my extra large X-acto knife, my hammer, my iPhone flashlight, and I got busy. First I smelled along the wall for where the smell was strongest. I unscrewed the electrical outlet box to see if I could get to it through that hole, but there was no smell inside the box. Next I used my stud finder to locate the studs in the general area of the smell, and cut a hole in the drywall between those two vertical studs. As I lifted the drywall rectangle away, the smell was stronger, and the insulation looked “lived in” if you know what I mean. I pulled the insulation out, and sure enough, there was a bunch of black “stuff” at the base of the frame inside the wall. After pulling that stuff out, I noticed the hole in the corner of the outer insulation sheet that the animal (mouse? Vole? Whatever) used to get in.

Note the hole in the lower right corner.

Note the hole in the lower right corner.

I washed the studs a few times with lysol, soap, and water, and then caulked the hole shut. There is now a fan pointed at the hole to dry the boards and set the caulking.

The base of the frame where the remainder of the black gunk can still be seen.

The base of the frame where the remainder of the black gunk can still be seen.

Tomorrow I will nail some 2×4’s in place and replace the drywall, plaster, sand, and paint.

The hole.

The hole.

I am happy to say that the stench is no more.

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About Steve Picray

I have been many things, but right now I am a registered nurse attempting to pay off my debt so that, God willing, I can be a pastor again someday. I have a wife and three kids. I am a conservative Christian (of the Baptist variety). This blog is about me: the things that happen to me, the things that interest me, and the things that bother me. If you have a question, just e-mail me at spicray AT gmail DOT com. God Bless!
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3 Responses to The Stench

  1. Mari says:

    YOU GOT A NEW JOB??????? Did I miss that somewhere, or did you fail to mention it until now? Either way, congratulations!

    • Steve Picray says:

      Yep. Got a new job a few weeks ago.

      • Mari says:

        I am the one that asked if it’s your b-day today on the KCCI story. I am incognito on FB, Anyway, I asked because under your old man picture I noticed someone said that you aren’t that old, and a previous post on your blog mentioned your birthday “next month”, and it was April at the time. So, I just put two and two together. I’m good like that 🙂
        Happy Birthday!!!!!

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