Today, work gave me a headache. Yesterday, a box of keys showed up at the door. Unannounced. New client, no advance call or email. They just showed up. I hauled the box down stairs to the workshop and unpacked the keys. Eeeew. Smelled bad. Like rotted citrus. Reminded me of the odor from our garbage can when we had gathered the fallen fruit from our orange trees in Florida...after a week in the sun, closed in that garbage can.
These keys had been doused with something that someone thought would be a lubricant. An oily, smelly mess. This is a key bushing job. Whatever they had poured all over the bushings had hardened them (rather than lubricating) and had made them impervious to my usual soak out method of removal. Steam didn't work either. Eventually, I had to cut the bushing cloth out of the mortises and carefully 'file size' the holes to uniformity. Then I set about rebushing, all the while breathing through my mouth. Couldn't stand to be working over them and breathing normally. I'll be extremely glad to be rid of them on Friday. The odor has permeated half the workshop air space. Nasty.
This afternoon I went out to revisit a piano that I have condemned four times in the past six months. The owners are having a hard time accepting the fact that it is shot. Not worth a rebuild. It needs replacement. I understand their dilemma of cash flow, but I can only do so much. Today's appointment is due to a string whose pin will no longer hold string tension. I CA'd the terribly loose pin. Twice. It's still iffy. Really the entire piano could use the treatment, (although there would be no guarantees) but it's winter and the CA fumes are horrible. The window needs to be open and a fan exhausting the fumes. It'll have to wait until warmer weather. That is, if they haven't bought a replacement!
It was good to get out in the fresh air. Both getting out of the stinky workshop and then getting out of the CA smell near the customer's piano. (That should dissipate within an hour)
Good thing for all of you that I can't add odor to my blog! Of course, then you'd really be able to appreciate my smelly day.
It's predicted to be a warmer day on Friday. I think I'll get out for an afternoon walk in the fresh air!