There’s a lot of those "This Old House" type shows on the tube these days. Me, I don’t need them, I’ve already learned the hard way how to do all of those things. See, as a home owner, I have over thirty years experience keeping the roof over my family’s heads. Of course, every now and then my family did need to wear helmets beneath that roof. Oh well...anyway, with the warm weather coming up, it’s time to make those little repairs that keep the house from falling down. So I thought I’d share some of my wisdom with you.
Now this year I have to paint the whole outside of our house, rebuild the down stairs deck, put in a new front door, paint the shed, and somewhere in between cut the grass. Luckily, I’ve picked up a quite a few tricks over the years when it comes doing these type of repairs. In fact, last fall I learned something new when I actually did put a new roof over my head.
Putting up a new roof is a lot of hard work. I ripped off the old shingles, replaced the insulation, tar papered, and finally nailed up the new shingles. It took two months in my spare time to do it by myself. But here’s what I learned, and I plan to use it the next time the roof needs replacing. Once I ripped off the shingles, it was obvious that the bear roof would need protection from the elements. So I bought a large tarp for fifty bucks. I tied it down real good each day when I finished work. It was a pain in the neck, but through all of the windy rain storms and torrential downpours, that tarp kept the roof beneath it bone dry. So what’s the trick? Well, when the roof leaks, forget the shingles and all that hard work, just put up a darn tarp.
Here some other tricks of the trade you might find helpful. I call this my top fifteen count down.
#15. If you’re unfamiliar with tools, tape little signs on them like: "USE OTHER END FOR DIGGING" on your shovel handle, or "STOP!" on the top step of your ladder.
#14. When replacing a faucet, or any plumbing fixture, always buy two of them. That way you won’t have to go back to the hardware store and look like a fool after you striped the threads off the first one. In fact, I found that works well with most projects.
#13. Shut off the power before installing electrical devices.
#12. Measure, before sawing.
#11. If you can’t a find a tool after checking, your tool box, the basement, and the kitchen "stuff" drawer, buy a new one, and the old one will suddenly appear in you sock drawer.
#10 Let it dry first.
#9 Never rest your aluminum ladder against a power line. Even if it’s only for a minute.
#8 In order to sharpen electrical saw blades, you have to turn off the saw first.
#7 Read the directions, before assembling.
#6 Safety goggles do not provide eye protection while resting on top of your head
#5. A hammer cannot make something fit properly.
#4. Always shut off the water before disconnecting pipes. Unless they are gas pipes, in that case, put out your cigarette, and turn off the gas.
#3. You cannot stop a water leak with tape.
#2 Beer will not make you a better a ladder climber.
The #1 Tip: Your wife is usually right.
Happy fix-in up, folks! - -