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Attic Attack

March 28, 2012
by thenestinggame

No lie, the VERY FIRST things I bought for our house on the inaugural trip to The Home Depot were….drumroll please…pull chains for the closet lights.

Totally like the most important thing a new house needs, right? Well, to be honest, the old cords that were in all the closets completely grossed me out. They were yellowed and stained with smoke, and since we were painting all the closets right off the bat, I did not want to leave even a smidge of the old amidst the new. So those got replaced on Day 1. Okay, maybe Day 3. But the pull cord for the attic?

Well, for some reason that stuck around until Day 912. (Yes, I counted.) BUT NOT A DAY LATER!

I’ve been wanting to replace the icky, grubby cord that’s not even bendy anymore because it’s been shellacked with grime and paint and Virginia Slims residue. But it was one of those things that I would forget about while at the hardware store. Then a couple weeks ago I was picking up a bunch of random items and I remembered our disgust-o cord and bought some new rope and a pack of these shiny guys.

Let me backtrack to say that I bought rope that was too fat to fit through the existing hole in the attic door, so the project sat un-done for another week or so until I finally acquired some light duty rope of the proper thickness at Ace Hardware.

I looped the rope around the ring in what the internets tell me is a Cow Hitch. Then I burned the ends of the nylon rope with a lighter, so the nubs would be sturdy enough to go through the hole. I got the first one through, no problem. But the second end was a little tricker. (That’s what she said!) I ended up having to go in with my eyebrow tweezers to pull it all the way through. (That’s what she said…?)

I knotted it at the other end and wiped off our grimy fingerprints.

As you can see, the attic door is in our bedroom hallway, so we see that cord all the time. It’s nice to finally have something clean to look at.

And, though I meant for it to be purely decorative, the ring does have some function! It’s easier to grab than just the cord for when we want to pull the stairs down and go up to say hi to the squirrels that occasionally hang out in our attic. And by squirrels, I mean rats. And by occasionally, I mean before we got it animal proofed.

So that’s a pretty tiny update, but it makes me very happy.

What was the first thing you bought for your home?

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. March 28, 2012 1:33 pm

    I love the tie-ins to your previous blog posts! I am going to start a Molly inspired project soon!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 28, 2012 3:14 pm

      Awesome! I’d love to see it when you’re done.

  2. March 28, 2012 2:22 pm

    Oh, hey, there we are again! Awesome!

    The first thing I bought for our new house was a lamp. I know, I know, not as exciting as closet pull cords.

  3. March 28, 2012 5:09 pm

    When I bought my first place (all of four months ago) I left the closing and went straight to purchase my first sofa. I guess I wasn’t messing around. :)

  4. Sarah Ford permalink
    March 29, 2012 11:00 am

    The first thing I bought for my first flat (apartment) 20 years ago was… a wooden spatula – Dont know what I was thinking as I couldn’t cook at the time! I remember showing my mum what I had bought and the look she gave me (combination of amusement, confusion, resignation – the look that mum’s are really good a giving). I agree; a completely random first item. However, it was well used once I moved in and I learned to cook. I now bake my own bread, have a vegetable patch and make my own chutneys and preseves!

    • thenestinggame permalink*
      March 29, 2012 11:41 am

      So funny! My how far we’ve come…

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