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Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Crumbling In Time

As much as I love my apartment and New York City, there is one thing I hate about it more than anything. Dust. The dust will not go away. The day after I clean the dust is back. It is like it is laughing at me. It drives me insane.

So, when I received an email from my land lord warning me about a smell from the apartment next door because they were sealing the brick, believe me, I jumped on that opportunity right away. They said it was no problem and told me to pick a day where I could be out of the apartment over night because of the smell. It just so happened I was heading to Tulsa that Friday. It was all set. The only thing I had left to do was protect my belongings.

What did I do Thursday night, instead of workout? I packed and then protected my personal belongings! So exciting, huh? Thankfully, my building had someone purchase some plastic and I borrowed some blue painters tape from work (Luckily, I have access to most of these kind of supplies)!

The worst part was knowing what my apartment was going to look like when I got back from Tulsa. I always clean before I leave because I love coming home to a nice clean apartment. Not this time..


Notice the TV was not covered yet. Obviously, I wanted to be able to watch TV for as long as I could.

Thankfully, I had an early flight back to New York City and got home around noon. After a quick bite to eat I went to work. Two hours later, voila...


It's always great to be back home after a nice trip. Especially when it is a clean apartment! Although, I am really glad I went ahead and sealed the brick. As much as a pain as it was I can't wait to find out how much it helps and to see if it cuts down on my dusting.

As a designer and a person who recently has gone through this headache, I highly recommend if you have exposed brick that you get it sealed before you move in.

As I have mentioned in a previous post, I love exposed brick. It is one of my favorite architectural details. However, if not treated and maintained properly, it can cause a lot of problems such as leaks and of course dust, from the crumbling grout. If the building is old, like my building which has been there for probably 100 years, the brick starts to crumble as well. I have had small chunks of brick fall.

So all in all, I am glad it is over and hope the results turn out well!

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