1.21.2015

Another post on home maintenance

If that title doesn't bore you, read on!  Otherwise, it really should be skipped.

It's been a bit of a maintenance adventure over here lately. It all started with our leaking toilet.  Then our dishwasher stopped working, the furnace started acting funny, the water to our kitchen sink had very low pressure, and the water stopped coming our of our refrigerator dispenser.  To quote my dad, "Your house is funny.  It's made and upgraded with the top-of-the-line stuff but there are all these little things popping up!"  True, especially the "things keep popping up" part.

The toilet continues to elude me.

As for the furnace, thanks to some excellent Google search results and some awesome YouTube vids I was able to fix the problem. Sanding an ignition temperature sensor never felt so good!

And yesterday I decided to tackle the low water pressure in the sink. The pressure had been low since we moved in and had since become worse. So I took to the net and found so much good info. After much tinkering and lots of wet towels, I discovered that the inner workings of the faucet were full of gunk and not cleanable/fixable (at one point Jess was going to take a hacksaw to the thing so we could discover what was going on inside). It was decided that it had to be replaced.  This photo shows my feeling of relief that I got the old faucet off.  And yes, I was so extremely excited about that feat (it took me 1.5 hours) I took a photo.

After more tinkering and running to the store to buy the extremely useful tool known as adjusting pliers, a new faucet is installed and the flow is soooo much better. After completing the task, I texted Jess, this was his reply:



On that note, I ordered a new dishwasher and am paying to have it installed.  No amount of tinkering (at my level) can find a way to fix the dishwasher without a hefty cost, and so I will end up with a hefty cost and a NEW appliance. 

Today, my dad came over to help me solve the refrigerator water dispenser problem and I've ordered a new replacement part to arrive in the mail soon.  Installation should take no longer than thirty minutes (I type with all the hope in my heart).

That leaves that toilet.  Arggh!  I may need to just buy a new one.

12 comments:

Angie said...

I am seriously impressed with your home improvement skillz!

Jess said...

Yes, she has mad skuh-zillz. I surely suffer by comparison.

jo said...

I love it! You're almost better than This Old House.

Chap said...

I am so proud of you. Isn't it so exciting to fix things and have them work?? And really, the harder it is, the better it feels when it works again!

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