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Thursday, April 29, 2010

Don't Need Much

I've been a bit busy the last two days. Yesterday was spent in political endeavors. I'll post about that later, no doubt.

The mower has stopped working. Again. It's a new mower, bought it last summer. Shouldn't be a thing in the world wrong with it, yet it won't work. Don't know what I'm going to do about it, but I need to do something before the cops (or Elder Brother) show up to issue citations for illegal grass length.

The toilet has developed a slow leak. That toilet has had problems for some time now. The handle broke more than two years ago, and now you have to lift the tank lid and push the flapper down after you flush. So, while I'm at the hardware store finding flapper replacements, I will be looking for handle replacements.

The kitchen faucet leaks. Every six months or so, the leak goes from sporadic to constant, so off I go to buy four tiny replacement plugs that go inside the stem. They don't cost much. It's just a hassle to dismantle the faucet to replace them.

I have a ceiling fan to install in the kitchen. I've had it sitting in my basement over a year now. I walk around it or move it so it doesn't get wet when the basement floods. I know how to install a ceiling fan. It's just not a priority yet.

Some of you may be appalled. You're thinking, "I couldn't live like that."

I can. Fact is, nothing's been repaired not because I don't know how, but because I don't care. I can live with taking off the toilet tank lid. I can live with walking around the ceiling fan on the floor. I can even live with a leaky faucet for a while because I shut off the water when I'm not using it and the leak stops.

I learned many things from my dad, and this is one of them. Fixing things often leads to more problems than it solves. Even the This Old House boys agree with that. How many times have I watched them start into a simple job that turns ugly and only gets solved because they're professionals with professional resources? A lot.

So I'm perfectly content to live with my leaks and lids and fans on the floor.

At least I know how to deal with those.


1 comment:

  1. I can totally relate to this, much to this dismay of my family.


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