My DIY efforts . . .

By Kirstin Buick
18 September 2013

Celebrity blogger Mark Pilgrim had to do some DIY work at home and it was a bit of a nerve-wrecking experience.

My darling wife Nicole likes to come up with ideas to make our house more homely. I like it and agree it’s the small touches that make a place comfortable and cosy. Of course the downside is . . . it means I need to do some DIY.

Now I am the first to admit I’m no ‘‘Tim the Toolman Taylor’’ (even though I have a tool belt), and firmly believe it’s worth paying the experts to fix things around the house. For that reason I keep the electrician and plumber on speed dial (and they happen to be brothers). But when it comes to small DIY things, there’s nothing like a YouTube video to guide you in the right direction.

So when my wife came home with three wrought iron words which she wanted placed on the kitchen wall I was initially flummoxed. How the hell do I stick these things to the wall. Two minutes later though, the ‘‘YouTube recommendation’’ was surprisingly not glue or double-sided tape, but silicone. That’s a new one for me as I always thought silicone was simply to stop a leaky pipe.

Nevertheless I applied the silicone and managed to get two of the three words (“laugh” and “enjoy”) to stick to the wall.

And just when I thought I was the pro and it was like I’d being doing for years . . . the friggin’ last word would NOT stick to the wall. Ironically the word was ‘‘relax’’. After one hour of this word sliding down the wall on the silicone like someone on a foefie slide, I taped the f**ker down good and solid and I was FAR from relaxed . . .

By the way, the red cross in the photo above is my laser light leveller, an absolute must when it comes to hanging things on the wall (yup, yet ANOTHER of my gadgets).

An hour later I removed the tape. It didn’t fall down.

If you ever come to my house and need to use the toaster, be warned, you do so at your own peril. I’m not responsible if a word falls off the wall and chops off a finger.

Mark Pilgrim

* Mark Pilgrim is a freelance radio and TV presenter and is a DJ on 94.7 Highveld Stereo and 94.5 Kfm.

Follow Mark on twitter: @MarkPilgrimZA


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