Blood, sweat, exploding light bulbs and clean windows

Well, it’s been ages. This has seriously been the wettest, hottest summer EVER in East Tennessee. And, between that, once again having a home to maintain and craziness at work, poor Clyde has suffered a terrible lack of attention. But, he got some love this weekend!

His windows were a nasty mess.

Sticker residue


Sticker goo residue and chunks of packing tape had baked onto the actual glass. The sections behind the glass, where the metal push/pull things are cannot be reached and the windows don’t come all the way apart.

Handle Thingee. It's a technical term.

So, I did my best by shoving a toothbrush loaded up with Dawn dishwashing liquid up under there and scraping out the piles of dirt. Ick, ick, ick.










What we had assumed was some sort of mold/mildew on the trim, was just that. But it was ON TOP OF and somehow completely joined with some sort of nasty silicone or caulk.

Nasty stickers and nastier metal

Nasty, it's time for your close up!

Nasty, it’s time for your close up!

It was a BEAST to clean off. Goo-Gone, a Cell-o scrubby sponge, some Dawn Dishwashing liquid and almost FOUR hours of my time, and it was as clean as it was going to get. The aluminum is anodized (basically no longer shiny, just down to a dull, white-ish color. When we get them put in (hopefully this week), we’ll see how they fit and once in, we’ll take some Mother’s Aluminum Polish to it and hope for the best!

As Chad says, they’re not perfect, but God knows they’re much better than they were!!




Now, on to the blood part. We were just finishing up the window when a storm came in really fast. We moved everything into the garage and were going back out for a final sweep when suddenly something sounded like an explosion and there was glass EVERYWHERE. Including a handy-sized chunk sticking out of my foot.

Blood was pouring out, and Chad was freaking out. He does NOT handle my injuries well. I was barefoot, so I didn’t dare move. While Mom ran to grab my shoes, we figured out the source of the glass. The front lens of an outdoor flood light bulb had broken free from the rest of the light bulb. It was thick, thick glass. And, it went every stinkin’ where!

Got inside, got the chunk of glass out, got the bleeding stopped and realized it was a puncture wound. Nice ‘n’ deep and not the kinda wound you can stitch. So, I slapped some neosporin a lot of gauze and a bandaid on it. And, proceeded to bleed all over the place periodically.

Mom said it was almost like having Dad around, since he bled every time we did a home improvement project. LOL!

But, all is well, the windows are safely stored, and awaiting another nice day to install.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Mere
    Jul 30, 2013 @ 00:10:17

    I LOVE how Clyde it overseeing it all in the background!!!!! I love that he is BACK! So sorry about your foot though….how did that bulb break?


    • clydethecamper
      Jul 30, 2013 @ 09:24:50

      We think probably it had been so hot and wet that the seal broke on it, and when the storm started moving in, it just blew it off. I would never have thought part of a lightbulb could make that big a mess. Of course, the good part of being injured… I didn’t have to clean it up! By the time I got thru fixing up the boo-boo, Chad and Mom had it all cleaned up! Yay for me! LOL!!


  2. Brian
    Aug 02, 2013 @ 09:02:20

    I love your blog about Clyde the camper! My wife and I are renovating a 2003 Funfinder Shadow Cruiser. It had a bunch of leaks and it ruined a lot of the wood (some wall studs, entire roof, and the entire floor need to be replaced). When we found out it was going to be this big of a project we started looking for other people’s advice and how they did their renovations. Then we came across your blog about Clyde. Once we read a few post we had to start from the beginning and read all of them! I cant wait to read more. Hope fully Clyde and Ferdinand (my campers name) will be on the road soon. We have been dedicating a lot of our spare time to fixing him and I hope to have him on the road by September. But from my pictures I look more like maybe next spring. lol. Sorry to hear about your foot and your annoying neighbors. At least they made for a good story!


    • clydethecamper
      Aug 02, 2013 @ 09:09:47

      There are some amazing blogs out there! One of the ones I found recently is:
      She has the pinkest camper in the world. LOL!!

      I am so glad you found our little corner of the world. I’m hoping we’ll have some more stuff to post soon. We’ve really been behind this year! But, soon, oh-so-soon, it’ll cool down and (please!!) quit raining, so we’ll get some progress in! So, stay tuned!

      Maybe Clyde and Ferdinand can be camper buddies some day! You should do a blog on him! There are SO few sites that show the “how we got there” steps to restoration (or in our case, rebuilding a whole new camper. LOL).

      Thanks again for dropping by!!


  3. bambam0417
    Sep 13, 2013 @ 22:49:23

    I kinda did a little blog about him on a forum already. Its on forum under the maintenance section. The thread title is “lots of water damage in ceiling” I posted pictures and some comments about them. Here is a direct link to the page that has my write up on Ferdinand.
    Probably will have to cut and paste to use it.
    I check the blog for bonnie but I didn’t see any recent updates. Being a mechanic it peeked my interest when I saw you mentioned it.


    • clydethecamper
      Sep 14, 2013 @ 19:48:38

      Bonnie’s blog is SOOOOO behind. We’ve done a lot of work. She’s just a chassis right now, but a very clean one. And, we have a lot of Jeep Parts hanging on the walls (like, um… the tub. LOL). But, we’ve been remiss on posting. So, you just gave us the prod we needed! We will get on it, and try to get some updates up!

      And, holy cow… Ferdinand is a REALLY amazing project. You totally win the “kickin’ butt” award! Look how much you’ve done and how quick!!! It’s gonna look awesome!!!! Keep me posted on how it turns out!


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