Do you remember back in July when we found a window shattered in our camper shell thing of our work pickup?
Well, it is time to get that window fixed. Joe was feeling quite ambitious. He enlisted the aid of our neighbor, Hugh, and Hugh’s brother, John Paul, to help take the broken window out and install the new one.
Poor Hugh, he got the hot job of being in the back of the pickup in over 100 degree heat to get the broken window unscrewed and taken out. I think once the Plexiglass was removed there was a breeze going inside to help cool him off a bit. Having little overhead room to work and no way to gain a good purchase in taking out the old and rusted screws was back breaking work for our friend.
Joe…poor Joe. He tried to help these two guys but found his ambitions failed him quickly and he had to be the “supervisor” on this job. And he also had the job of being the “gopher”. You know…go fer this and go fer that.
No matter how much he improves daily he’s still not quite up to his old self just yet. However, he has gained enough strength back to be ramming around outside and going up and down stairs. A vast improvement and I’m delighted to see it.
The Gorilla Glue duck tape left a pretty nasty trail behind.
While Hugh was inside that cramped and hot space with John Paul on the outside lending assistance in getting the window out, I had to get myself in the way. I picked a spot a little distance from the action and poured on some rubbing alcohol. That stuff usually gets glue residue off.
I went back into the house for the strong stuff. Goof Off.
The instructions on the can say to use this stuff in a well ventilated area. I was in a well ventilated area. I was outside. However, poor Hugh was not in a well ventilated area. The fumes of this stuff were blowing inside that hot and cramped space he was working so diligently in. Not good neighborly conduct to cause a friend to be overcome by toxic fumes and pass out.
Besides, neither the rubbing alcohol nor the Goof Off put a dent in that pesky tape residue.
Inspiration struck. What gets gum out of little girls hair? What does not have toxic fumes? What is really great at getting reluctant price tag stickers off glass items? Well peanut butter, of course.
While Hugh was sweating away inside the back of our truck and John Paul was pulling and pushing from outside the broken window finally came free. Next was to get the new window installed. With all that action going on at my elbow, and trying to stay out of John Paul’s way I began working at the glue and peanut butter. First with my fingernail.
It was taking quite a long time to scrape at the glue with my fingernail – thumbnail really – and I had just got a start. What can I use to speed things along just a bit? Any kind of metal scraper would damage the paint so I had to toss that idea out. Then it occurred to me. My George Forman grill has a plastic scraper to clean the raised areas of the grill. I can use that!
Hugh was finally let out of the sweat box, the old window was completely removed and the new one was installed. Hugh cautioned me about damaging the clear coat of the paint but I had to get the glue off.
Thank you Hugh and John Paul for your friendship, your assistance, and your willingness to be cooked and fumed out into a stupor. Joe and I appreciate you both.
Long after Hugh went home to take a shower and get cooled off, and John Paul left to finish a recorded football game he had been watching before we interrupted him, Joe was inside the house recuperating from his spurt of ambition, I scraped away at the peanut butter and glue gunk until I had it finally cleaned off.
Next item was to roust Joe from his recliner and get him to go with me to the car wash. Doing his manly duties of taking care of business Joe was in command of the power washer and worked at getting all the peanut butter and glue off of the shell that I had so liberally smeared all over the place.
I’m happy with the results. Although I did get a little carried away in a couple spots and worked the paint right off 😦 at least the tape residue is totally gone, the window is good as new and only we will know that there had been a problem recently.
Dinner last night was at a local Chinese restaurant. We haven’t eaten out the whole time we have been home. Joe is giving me the lower lip curled down and the puppy dog eyes. He wants Chinese and I think it is time. When we get back to work it will be restaurant food all the time. Might as well take the first foray out while we are home and near our doctors and a hospital…should this outing prove to be not so pleasant.
Take the time to thank your friends and family that are there to help you when you need them. Let them know how much you appreciate them for all they do.