The rent on our lot is paid through the end of the month so our current plan is to leave here on April 1st and spend a few weeks somewhere different. We're thinking the Reno area but we really haven't decided yet.
The past week has been awfully busy (and messy) around here. We discovered a nasty mold infestation under the head of our be around the slide platform. Everything stored under the bed had to be removed and with very limited space, it ended up in the living room for several days.
Next we completely dismantled the bed frame and removed some carpet from hidden areas under the bed in order to clean it up properly. The picture above shows the top of the slide housing. The plywood under the mattress had been removed in order to gain access and the mold had been cleaned up and the wood was drying. This platform was covered with carpet which we removed and discarded because it was completely saturated and infested with mold.
We did a ton of research about how to handle the clean-up mold and I read repeatedly that if the area is less than 10 square feet it is safe to do the clean-up yourself. So we did! I would normally use bleach to clean the mold but in my research I found that bleach does not penetrate wood and vinegar and/or hydrogen peroxide are good choices for cleaning mold from wood. Bleach is great for hard, non-porous surfaces.
Having the whole thing open and exposed was rather eye opening. We discovered the materials used to build the bed were just not up to snuff. The plywood platform the mattress sits on is 1/2 inch and sagging badly.
|Example of shoddy construction and materials|
After talking to my dad about the mold and the construction he showed up the next day with some cut to measure lumber and now I am happy to report our bed is sturdy and probably won't sag...ever!
We are also working on an overall purge of unneeded belongings. We had a donation drop off yesterday and I'm sure there will be at least one or two more. I managed to cleaned the living room carpet last night too. Do we have some fun around here or what?
I have to say, after sitting around here crocheting for several months all of this activity is causing me some aches and pains. Time to go and see some new places and enjoy some sun!