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Gumming Up The Works

It was a dark and stormy night...

It really was!  We had just moved into our new house, about 13 1/2 years ago.  It still had that new house smell. 

OK, I had done the final walk through and there were 400 things the builder "promised" to take care of.  Yes I ended up doing most of them myself.  I like to take care of things right away.  But the house still had that new-house smell, and we had never experienced that before.

It was September and deep into the night.  I could hear a storm whipping up in the distance, the thunder waking me up.  It finally hit, with some force!  Before long we were pounded with rain and buffeted with wind.

Wondering about my untested new roof's ability to handle the wind and rain, IT began.

Slowly at first, kind of gently.  Then the wind changed direction and IT grew louder and very insistent.

My attention changed from the roof to the source of IT.  A banging screen, slightly too small for the window it was protecting.  The screen did not fit.  And IT was giving me a fit.  Not many more minutes longer and I decided I had to do something about IT.  I like to take care of things right away.

Thinking about how to handle this I needed a solution quickly, but one that was temporary.

Duct tape actually came to mind!

However, the thought also came to mind that it might stick too tightly to the screen and bend the frame when I pulled it off.

So what's a home inspector to do?

Then it hit me!

I could take care of IT with CHEWING GUM!

Of course!  Brilliant!

Chewing gum would be quick and temporary!  And I could get to the problem and handle it again in the morning.  I like to take care of things right away.

Going to my stash, and I don't remember, it may have been Juicy Fruit or Spearmint, I began chewing away.

Sticking the gum into the slot to tighten down that screen, it stuck!  And it worked perfectly!

IT was no longer a problem!

Congratulating myself on my repair savvy and hearing no more noise, I went back to bed.

It worked perfectly.  And in the morning it would come right off and I could do something more permanent.  You see, I like to take care of things right away.

Well, I didn't take care of it right away.  That window has not been opened again in 13 1/2 years.  If any of you scientists out there want to know what a piece of CHEWING GUM looks like after 13 1/2 years of being baked in the morning sun and freezing in zero degree cold, regular wind and rain and so forth, here it is!

That is one hearty little guy!  It has really done a good job!  This scientific information could change screen repair technology for years to come. 

RIGHT NOW I'M THINKING PATENT YOU KNOW...

It occurred to me that the gum is still there and I snapped this photo.

A more permanent solution to IT is still needed however.  For sure I'll get to that tomorrow.

I like to take care of things right away.

 

Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC  

Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.

Office (703) 330-6388   Cell (703) 585-7560

www.jaymarinspect.com


Comment balloon 38 commentsJay Markanich • May 08 2011 05:28AM

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Billy Jay Gum...all purpose stick it to ya.....I like it !

Posted by Sally K. & David L. Hanson, WI Realtors - Luxury - Divorce (EXP Realty 414-525-0563) over 8 years ago

Thanks S&D!  Yes, Billy saw this and immediately began thinking.  You probably know what he will come up with.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay, wow, who would've thought chewing gum would last over a decade?!! I've heard it's not a good idea to ingest gum, maybe for the same reason? Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Pamela Seley, Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA (West Coast Realty Division) over 8 years ago

Pamela - maybe it sticks to your ribs, kind of like oatmeal, but not really...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Good morning, Jay. It is amazing how temporary repairs become more permanent than what we originally perceived...

Posted by TeamCHI - Complete Home Inspections, Inc., Home Inspectons - Nashville, TN area - 615.661.029 (Complete Home Inspections, Inc.) over 8 years ago

HOLD ON JAY!!!! I think you're moving to fast.  take time and think about this before  you act...

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty) over 8 years ago

This is so funny, Jay.  So creative and practical.  Amazing it's lasted that long.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) over 8 years ago

Temporary Michael?  I like to take care of things right away.

James - it is best to consider things thoroughly before one acts.

Debbie - I think so too!  I wondered if it would still be there, but the screen has never shaken again!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Sounds like you are from the "deep south" not VA. for every problem ther is a solution.

But some solutions are better kept to yourself, LOL

Have a good one.

Clint

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

The only gum older is probably under some kids school desk! :)

Posted by Liz and Bill Spear, RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton) (RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com) over 8 years ago

Hilarious Jay. I too have a list of to do's that have temporary fixes in place. That gum has probably out lasted any other fix you could have made. I think a Patent is in order.

Posted by Randy Ostrander, Real Estate Broker, Serving Big Rapids and West Central MI (Lake and Lodge Realty LLC ) over 8 years ago

Jay,

Do you have a preference for brand or flavor?

Bubblicious?  Or Dentyne?

Watermelon?  Or Spearmint?

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 8 years ago

Jay - "And the cobbler's children have no shoes."  It seems those of us in the business are sometimes too busy with that business to take care of those simple things around the house.  I have a similar screen problem and "temporarily" solved it 10 years ago with a Styrofoam peanut. 

Sometimes "Do as I say and not as I do," seems to be the best advice.

Posted by John Mulkey, Housing Guru (TheHousingGuru.com) over 8 years ago

Duct tape! Glad you came to your senses. Chewing gum is, as you have clearly proven, the correct solution. Brilliant.

Posted by James Quarello, Connecticut Home Inspector (JRV Home Inspection Services, LLC) over 8 years ago

Ah gum, the secret choice of the professionals who like to take care of things right away.

Great for the leaky pipes, hole in the shoe, space between pipes and walls to keep out critters as well as obtaining finger prints from crime scenes if used correctly.

Patent pending.

Enjoy the day

Posted by Don MacLean, Realtor-Homes for Sale- Easton Mass (New England Real Estate Center Inc.) over 8 years ago

Ya should'a could'a would'a used duct tape. It would have let go all on its own and disappeared after this length of time. 

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 8 years ago

Clint - true confessions time! 

Bliz - and some of those are probably gum I left under there!

Randy - probably would go through too!  Maybe Billy Jays could get on this one.

Mike - most recently I am into Trident melon flavor.  In those days there weren't so many foo-foo flavors, so it was probably Spearmint or Juicy Fruit.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

John - I have to think a styrofoam peanut will last longer than chewing gum.

Thanks Jim.  Some might think this a true confessiona, but you may be right on the "brilliant" part.

Don - I have heard it used to repair holes in dams!

Robert - that's how you know the tape has fried and disappeared - the screen starts banging again!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Ye Jay that works just fine, just as long as you don't loose that roll of tape.

Posted by Robert Butler, Montreal Home Inspector | Aspect Inspection (Aspect Inspection) over 8 years ago

Lose it?  Shoot, I have three or four rolls at any given time!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

The gum probably would have outlasted the duct tape - looks like a nice case of mold on the gum too

Mel

Posted by Mel Ahrens, MBA, Kelly Right Real Estate, Customized Choices for your Real Estate Needs (Kelly Right Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Will the real Billy Jays please stand up---or maybe not :)

Posted by Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector (Charles Buell Inspections Inc.) over 8 years ago

Jay,

I once had an old tag come off a furnace. Had barely been on there. Seller's were a pain and I figured would complain if it was off, same answer. Dentyne to the rescue.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Mel - duct tape probably would have unraveled and fallen apart.  I don't know if it is mold or just blown dirt and such all over the gum, but I haven't licked it to make sure.

Charlie - I think Billy is eyeing this great product carefully.

Steve - and why not!  It's probably still on there.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

The old DNA Repair, eh?  Something else to add to the toolbox in the trunk!!!

Posted by Tish Lloyd, Broker - Wilmington NC and Surrounding Beaches (BlueCoast Realty Corporation) over 8 years ago

Tish - there is always a box of DNA repair in my truck!  Or in my pocket...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Jay,

The old addage of bailing wire and chewing gum is appropriate.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) over 8 years ago

It worked here Steve!  And it worked on that plane Nutsy flew home.  Fortunately it lasted long enough to land the thing, however hard a landing it was!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Billy Jays ought to start selling that chewing gum. 

By the way, I haven't stopped by to read any of yours or anyone else's blogs for a while because we just had a new addition to the family, and she seems to be taking up all of my blog reading time.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Billy is already on it Reubs and will post something tomorrow!

As to the addition, how is little Jaye doing?  I'm just guessing on the name...

Hey, congrats!  Say hi to the cuter half of the thermography duo.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Chewing gum, I would have never thought of that... Duct tape, yes, chewing gum, not likely...

They say that necessity is the mother of invention... Cheers to Jay the inventor ;-)

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) over 8 years ago

Chris - I feel a patent coming!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

Ha!  Little Jayne is doing great... ok, it's actually Lucy.  She's a healthy, happy, and hungry little girl.

Posted by Reuben Saltzman, Delivering the Unbiased Truth. (Structure Tech Home Inspections) over 8 years ago

Glad to hear it.  My little one gave me a grandson last year...  Her name isn't Reubina, but close... and she has a green conure named Lucy!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) over 8 years ago

I had to come back to see if the gum was still here Jay.  :)

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) almost 7 years ago

It's still there Tom!  That window is in the bedroom, and I still haven't gotten around to it.

Really soon though...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) almost 7 years ago

Jay -  at least the gum taste better than duct tape, but not Corona's -  lol

Posted by Eric Middleton, Professional Property Inspector (Closer Look Property Inspections Inc.) about 6 years ago

Is that funny or what Eric?  Still, I'll get around to it right away.  Really.

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 6 years ago

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