You know how great inventions seem so simple once someone has invented it? Here is a perfect example: Most modern homes, or renovated older ones, end up with recessed can lighting all over the place. It's cheap, it does the job and it's inoffensive. But it also has no style and looks like you cheaped out on the decor, or couldn't make a decision. On top of that, while it's inexpensive to install, taking them out has always required an electrician, a plaster guy, and then repainting.
Last week I told you all about my ordeals under the house in my crawl space. This week I want to focus on just one aspect of it: PVC pipe. While it is true that the pipes I had to replace only broke because they were PVC, it was really the fault of the last installer not the pipe itself. PVC pipe is about the easiest type of plumbing pipe to work with, though it does have its limitations.
If you've seen "Moonstruck" you'll remember Cosmo Castorini's quote about plumbing:
Did you undertake any major home improvements over the past year? Buy a new water heater or air conditioner? Put up some new storm windows? Guess what, hope you kept the receipts because these could all be tax deductible. And in fact, they aren't tax deductions, they're tax credits, which are even better for you.
As the weather gets cooler, we'll all be spending more time indoors, even in L.A. so now's a good time to fix stuff. You should take care of these little home repair and improvement projects now (or at least prepare yourself) since they get more annoying as the days get longer and you get cabin fever. And there is nothing more annoying than the dripping faucet.
When a faucet drips, or worse yet won't shut off, the most common cause
is a bad rubber washer. When you close the faucet the rubber washer is
pressed into a metal seat. With time the rubber hardens, and compresses,
and sometimes even starts to fall apart.
Ah, The humble A19 60-watt soft white incandescent light bulb. How many have you changed in your life time? How many people did it take? Cue rim shot and canned laughter. Could Edison have ever seen the day his greatest, most difficult-to-perfect invention would sell for less than $1 each? The 60-watt light bulb doesn't have long to live folks. It has already been outlawed in several countries, and there were reports of hoarding when it was announced that they would be phased out in the EU.
Pay attention: the US is supposed to be phasing them out by 2014!
People, you have nothing to fear. There is no need for petitions. We don't need to create a "National Incandescent Association" and get some celebrity to talk about prying light bulbs out of his cold dead hands. There are more and better options being produced everyday. Between CFLs and the newest LED technologies, the lighting in your house of tomorrow is going to look radically different--or exactly the same. It's up to you.
One thing is for certain though, you are going to save money on your lighting bill!
As this is my first blog post for Savings.com, I'd like to welcome you and thank you for taking the time to stop by to learn a little bit about how to repair your home. One thing I've learned over the years is that working on homes and repairing things in the home is fun, rewarding and, with the proper instruction and information, pretty easy!
So that's what I plan on doing, providing you fun, easy and effective information about your home and how to keep it in good repair. So with that in mind let's get to our first topic, repairing the workhorse of the kitchen, the garbage disposal.