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.
So, a few weeks ago I spent an entire three-day weekend in the crawl space under my house. This week is the last of the posts concerning things I did while under there. I promise. But like I said in that first post: the crawlspace is so horrible, if you have to go in best to do as many things as possible--like surgery.
It has always bothered me that it took about a minute to get good hot water out of my kitchen sink. Upgrading to a water conserving aerator last year just made things worse, now it was over a minute (because less water was flowing). My second bathroom and new washing machine were even further from the hot water heater, so they have to wait even longer for the hot water--but I'll just use the kitchen sink for this experiment.
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.
Okay, so the last couple of giveaway prizes have been a bit "female-centric." But for day eleven of our Twelve Days of Giveaways we're tipping the scales over to the testosterone side of the equation with a $500 gift card courtesy of that mecca of maleness: Home Depot.
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.