It is said that owning an apartment means that you can do endless projects. It’s true. Every summer, we work on some projects at our cabin (last year, it was a 10-day kitchen remodel). This year, our top priority was to seal the house to animals.
I have a childhood memory of watching a mouse race across the floor in my house. We’ve also witnessed evidence of these (you know the type) at Court’s cabin. However, this project was at the top of our agenda when we were sitting on the patio and saw the full-grown rodent run through the base of the wall and then just under the threshold of the door.
Nope. It’s not okay.
After further inspection, after further examination, we were amazed to see that the threshold is open to the cabin as a substantial wide gate that welcomes guests. Although I hated being a mouse, I was so happy we could see how they entered!
I nearly fell off my seat when GOLDEN STuff TM asked me to partner on the project. I’m not sure if there ever was a more synchronistic email. Excellent stuff to come to save the day! We decided to take the liberty of imagining to refresh the patio and keep our unwanted guests from coming in.
GREAT STUFF Great Stuff is an insulation-based foam sealant. It’s essential in any project that requires it to be sealed. Think of air leaks or pests, insulation gaps. If an opening needs to be filled, GREAT STUFF is the best choice. It is a perfect choice. Recently, they launched a new Smart Dispenser, which Court is super excited about.
If you remember, before using GREAT STUFF TM, you only had a short time to complete the task before the straw was sealed off. With their brand-new straw, you can save and reuse the GREAT STuff TM for a month! (you’ve to see the clip at the bottom of this post to read Court’s views on this ) If you’re purchasing it, ensure that you purchase one with the silver straw and cap. This will let you be sure you’re getting the correct straw!
Now, I could claim that this project was exactly as expected, but where’s this enjoyment? DIY disasters are a lot of fun to learn about.
We figured this short porch makeover would take about a day, but boy, it was adorable. The whole thing went off the rails because my paint color was incorrect. However, I’m over my head…
We began by preparing the gaps to be ready for GREAT stuff to be able to fill them by blowing them out using the leaf blower. We were stunned when we placed the blower on the interior baseboard of the house. Dust and debris flew through the cracks on the exterior. WHYYYYY?!
After we had scraped away the caulk, blowing out the cracks, we could see how massive the area was.
We taped the sidewalk with painter’s tape to ensure that our foam sealant could stay in the area underneath the threshold and the crack just to the left.
Utilizing GREAT stuff is as exciting as you think it can be. Make sure that you’re wearing protective eyewear or long sleeves. Also, don’t forget to wear gloves.
Court told us that filling the gaps was (and I say) “The best thing I’ve done all month.” We’ve learned that filling the holes quickly without pressing the trigger is better. If you let it go and then re-start it, there’s a chance to fill a more prominent air pocket into the hole, which can sometimes not fill. The more time you’ve had in your bag, the less likely it will occur.