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April 16, 2012

The 3 rules of do-it-yourself home repairs


1. Every job will require at least two extra trips to the hardware store.

2. Everything you fix will cause you to discover or create two new problems.

3. Plumbing is the toughest job.

My own mixed track record over decades of fixes pretty much confirms the observations above, by Adam Bryant writing recently in the New York Times on the occasion of his wife's presenting him with a top-of-the-line cordless drill to pre-empt his litany of excuses for why he wasn't tackling a number of jobs around their house.

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My brother wants a pneumatic tube between his house and Home Depot.

Posted by: Kay | Apr 18, 2012 1:57:14 PM

"Show me someone perpetually leaving a hardware store and I'll show you a homeowner".

Eventually you learn to buy *everything* you might *ever* conceive as being useful for a job, and then returning what you don't use. This saves several extra trips and usually running short of something after the stores are closed. If the store reverses the charges on your credit card the net cost of unused materials and implements of destruction is zero, and on the return trip you have the opportunity to get a spare of that roframulated hexagonal frammus that always fails at 3AM, just to keep handy.

Posted by: Scott | Apr 18, 2012 9:30:05 AM

I've always thought that weekends were for social visits with the experts at the hardware store.

Posted by: 6.02*10^23 | Apr 16, 2012 6:23:01 PM

Yeah, I got tired of the "I could make bookcases for the entire house, if I only had a router" business. One Christmas, I bought him the fanciest (?) router I could find and 500 drill bits. All the guys at Home Depot salivated. My ex (go figure) did not say a word. He put it in the garage, said not word one about bookcases again and that, thank God, was the end of that.

Posted by: Becs | Apr 16, 2012 4:36:36 PM

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