Yay free stuff
So my community was given bed nets as part of a malaria prevention initiative. It was pretty cool. Representatives from each family were given enough nets for each person and training on how to properly use/maintain them as well as a brief run-down on malaria symptoms and such.
The nets were similar to those that PC issued us volunteers with their handy tie loops on the corners. Even better, they came with little plastic strings to tie them up and they were blue instead of just plain white. People were pretty happy. I was at least mildly happy. The super snazzy tie-ups work for a person like me with exposed beams forming my roof. As you can see from the pics posted in September, I am awesome and have a gloriously designed mosquito net system. But it only worked because I have something from which to hang the net. The nets do have little eyelets which one can screw into soft wood or like material.
I was helping my Auntie hang up a net and noticed that she has a ceiling made of panels which are much too hard to allow anyone to screw in the eyelets. I used my knife to make a small hole and got the eyelet started. With much effort I was able to get it screwed in all the way. Well I got in into the ceiling. What I managed to do was grind through the sheet rock (oh yeah, found out it was actually asbestos), depositing all the fine dust onto my face, and make a hole too large to hold the eyelet. Failure. Those on my homestead have the same problem though they have hard wood panels which you cannot screw into.
So for now the nets are sitting somewhere unused. It seems that this is the case for many of the homesteads around. Maybe someone can make a cool, albeit see-through, dress or something until we find a way to secure the nets in a proper fashion.