It's that time of year again. The weather is getting warmer and I’m sure those with allergies can tell you, it is spring. Fortunately, I do not suffer from allergies, so spring means to me getting outside and take care of the yards. Recently, I spent an entire day doing nothing but trimming, mowing, sweeping and cleaning up the yards. Owning a house also means that spring is a good time to take care of those little things that need occasional maintenance.
This spring started with the simple task of changing a light bulb that burned out in our master bathroom shower. That actually went easily enough, but like all simple things it turned out to be more involved. When I replaced the cover, I noticed some stray paint pieces that settled on the lens, so I had to remove the cover again to clean them off. A two minute task quickly became 15 minutes. Of course, I'm leaving out the part of going out to the garage to retrieve the ladder. Being up there, I noticed that the exhaust fan needed cleaning, so after another trip downstairs to retrieve the vacuum cleaner that process started. I noticed that the lights that are part of the exhaust fan were incandescent, so that precipitated another visit downstairs to get the spare fluorescent bulbs from the closet. As luck would have it, one of the bulbs was stubborn and would not come out. I applied my strong architect’s muscles (not really, because we never exercise) and instead of the bulb coming out it kept twisting. I thought, this can't be good. To figure out what was wrong, I had to take the whole unit down and apart. Once apart I discover this…
See how the entire exhaust fan/heater/lamp fixture is FUBAR all due to some cheap thin sheet metal? So much for my two minute light bulb change. Sigh.
Some other things that are on my list for spring is applying lubricant to the hinges on all the doors. I am not sure who's idea it was to install 8-foot doors throughout the house, but I hate him now because there are four sets of hinges on each door. Hint, that person is me. We also have fiberglass single hung windows that need the jambs sprayed with lubricant otherwise unless you have super-human strength (remember the part about architects never having time to exercise) they are very difficult to open. That same guy also thought it would be a good idea to have lots of windows. Agh!
By now the lawns are ready to be mowed again and I still have not fixed the fan in the master bath, nor flushed the tankless water heater, or installed the new drip system for the garden, tightened the loose faucets and any number of other things that need maintenance around one’s home. So, before Summer arrives and you are busy with BBQ’s and vacations now is the time to check off all those things that are on your list.
My advice. Rent.