Here’s a link of all the recall’s that have happened for the past few years:
Over the last six years or so we have run across the occasional bee in our house. It always seemed as if they were near the fireplace for some reason but we just chaulked it up to the occasional one being cast down into the “pit” as punishment from the queen bee. When we had our room redone a few years ago (Day one, day two and final) I noticed that it wasn’t just our house but all of the houses I could see from up there on the 2nd story all had considerable wood degradation on their chimney stacks as you can see in these two pictures.
So basically what we have here is a design flaw by whatever “cookie cutter” place built all these homes they left the wood under the chase cover. Either the wood has just succumed to the ravenges of time or it wasn’t the right kind of wood….that aside the point is that those holes between the wood and aluminum siding have become homes for bees.
So what I did was take a big ol can of bee/wasp spray and dump it into these open areas about a week ago and then picked up a 50′ roll of 6″ aluminum vally flashing (it was only twice the price of getting only 10′). I then hopped up on the roof and started to figure out how to block off everything. I ended up measuring the width of the existing cap and the wood. Then I took the last half inch and folded it, cut out a few spots for existing nails, and tried my best to slip it under the existing chase cover.
I know it’s not pretty but I think it got the job done pretty well. The far side of the chimney stack posed some real difficulties for me but I solved them by pre-bending the aluminum (which also makes is prettier) and climbing up the stack and lying on top of it on my belly. I’m sure OSHA would approve 100% plus I got my daily dose of zinc while holding the nails in my mouth!
Here are some better pictures of it…we’ve only had it for a few days but so far so good. It’s a 2010 Chrysler Town & Country Walter P. Chryslter edition.
The room for the baby seats is what really spurred this purchase. Jen’s Ford Escape was a great car but getting the kids in and out of it was really hard due to the lack of headroom. Plus whenever we wanted to go eat dinner with anyone I practically had to lay on the roof rack and hold on since there was no room in the car for three adults.
The car is crazy with features. Dual DVD screens, power side doors, power rear gate, rear view camera, mp3 playing stereo w/ a HD built in, stow and go seats (they all drop into the floor). Oh and let me show you one last thing:
Yup…you can input video into the VES (vehicle entertainment system). That is our xbox hooked up to it and being displayed on the front center console. How cool is that? Maybe now I’ll finally finish Fallout 3.
The best part about this is about 4 years ago I wrote a post about how much I missed Oops All crunch berries. When Jen sent an image to my phone I darn near pooped myself.