October 16, 2006
There have been some very interesting "smells", some old, some new, coming from This Old House. When they took the lid off the pipes and traps in the cellar, I was reminded of a not so great smell that had permeated the air when we had sewerage back-ups. Here are some more:
The familiar "oil" smell from the heaters, especially when they did the transfusion/cleanse of the boilers…The ivy on the house had an earthy scent…The lingering smell of steak in our dining room bistro…The aftermath of a blow torch against metal…The rotted wood under the slats on the front porch…The wet wood in the attic from the leaks…The guys' sweat…Leftover pizza with pepperoni from lunch…Dunkin Donuts coffee in the paper cups…The newness of the insulation in the attic…The perfume of plastic from the 20 gallon contactors' trash bags…The gritty smell of plaster being applied to the walls…The window spray used to clean the windows…The fresh basil plants that lasted two weeks…Faint paint remover…The paint smell of paint (what other way to describe how paint smells?)…The dank smell of summer's damp beach towels…
But the sweetest smell of all? It has been the cutting of wood. There is just something that allows it to stand alone—when the saw is spinning and the sawdust is flying, the rich odor that is emitted is very soothing and homey.
I'm really starting to sound weird…time to take a few days away from This Old House.
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Chris - Missed hockey Monday pm, so no drive by, have to rely on web cam. Is that drywall I see in your kitchen?!?! You must be thrilled! Can't wait to see it in person.
I have old wood kitchen cabinets, how do I get the old smell out of them?
We are looking at making an offer on a 90 year old frame house. A fixer upper. When you walk into the house you are overwhelmed with the old house smell. I'm wondering, besides taking out the old carpet, what are some other smell fixers for old houses.
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