Easy Home Repairs – Without the Huge Expense
I was forty-five, and I decided it was time to grow up and put down some roots, for the first time in my life. I grew up a military brat, was a veteran, married a veteran, and as a civilian had trouble keeping a job in one place.
Amazingly, I finally found a civilian job where I fit in. I’d been there for eight years. I’d never been in one place eight years. I lived in an expensive area and decided to see if I qualified for a house, since I’d planned on retiring at a job I actually loved. What a shock, right? A job this diyhomegoddess loved!
So I started looking for a house. For the first time in my life, I was going to own. I spent only a few weeks, but looked at probably about 40 houses. I got a townhouse! Unfortunately it was a foreclosure, and had a lot of work to do. There were only three former owners over its 35-year life, but sadly, they were diy-ers that had no clue what they were doing or did things on the cheap. Like putting flooring on top of the old. Like painting wrought-iron latex white! Or, my personal fav, covering the laundry room ceiling with vinyl siding!
Easy Home Repair Skills
So I had to learn skills for easy home repairs fast! It’s been going on nine years. And I’m still fixing things. Yes, I still need to strip the wrought-iron. Or I will replace it with wood railing. I haven’t decided which would be better. But I’m doing it slowly. And what I can’t do, I am hiring professionals to do.
There are many things a diyhomegoddess can do on her own, to save a few bucks. Here are some easy home repairs you can do yourself. Read more
Quick Heating and Cooling System Repair
I am always worried about my heating and cooling system. It goes into a funk every year. I’ve had the coils freeze solid in the middle of the summer. We had no air conditioning for a week. And of course, over Thanksgiving that same year we had no heat because the air repairman had put one of the parts in backwards. That took several days to fix because of bad weather and the holiday. Fortunately, I have a home repair plan, so someone comes out and looks at it whenever there is a problem. But it is getting ridiculous!
What Is a Diyhomegoddess To Do?
The dirty tube
The heating and cooling system is one of the most expensive things in a house. We are talking thousands and thousands of dollars. And they don’t last forever, so it will have to be replaced occasionally.
Did you know there is a simple task any diyhomegoddess can perform to keep it functioning a little longer? It can keep it running more efficiently? Clean the EZ Trap tube.
This is what my EZ Trap looks like
When I was getting my inspection this year, the repairman was nice enough to show me something I can do all by myself. Clean a plastic tube! All the equipment is attached. The only thing you need is some water and possibly some bleach if it’s really gunky. Read more
Rise – A Memoir by Cara Brookins
I was at a writing conference last year. I had the opportunity to listen to Cara Brookins discuss her memoir, ‘Rise (How a House Built a Family)’. She was a very inspiring woman who I had to listen to, because of what she did. I could relate to her in so many ways.
Before we start, I apologize if I got any of the story wrong. It was so inspiring, I may have mixed up a few details. These are my errors!
Cara Brookins’ Story
Cara Brookins was a woman with four children. Count them, four! She admitted to picking the wrong type of men. Abusive men. She finally hit a brick wall and chose to change her life, for her and her kids. She chose to leave and try to start over. I know, many people don’t understand about accepting the abuse. If you haven’t been through it, you may not. Unfortunately (or fortunately for me, this diyhomegoddess had the same history, so I got it). And yes, I have also chosen to escape. I am must stronger now.
Cara Brookins is a freelance writer, an author, and a computer geek.
What did she do, my diyhomegoddesses? On a trip with her kids, she found an old destroyed house, and it spoke to her. She built a house! Read more
Attaching Undermount Lights
As you know, kitchen lighting for the counters can really suck, depending on how your kitchen is laid out. I have some under-mounted lights that are life-savers for me, in my tiny kitchen. However, have you ever noticed how sometimes when you attach undermount lights, they don’t stick all that great? Here’s a post I did discussing when I purchased my undermount lighting.
I have undermount lights that are great in an emergency. They are battery operated. If there’s ever a power outage, which happens ALL THE TIME where I live, they become emergency flashlights. I tried to use the adhesive to stick them underneath the cupboards.
Look what happened!
I put them up after I had painted the cupboards, using the adhesive, instead of the screws, which I had used before I painted. After a few months, the adhesive lost its grip, and they started falling. Bam! It scared the crap out of this diy home goddess the first couple of times. It must have the same problem the puck lights have. The heat causes the adhesive to corrode. On top of that, the paint was being removed with the adhesive! Look at what they did!
What To Do?
The tape light strips are hidden. They look very sophisticated. I don’t have those, because you need a power strip, and I need my outlets!
The puck lights have the same problem, they will steal my precious outlets! These cannot be adhesive attached because of the heat. They need screws. Read more