It never fails. I go to the project stores and get super stoked about getting projects completed from my to do list yet, alas, something that I’ve bought doesn’t work out. For example, the sliding back door lock decided it was going to break. I’d worked on it before and the latch was sticking and I managed to fix that but this time it wasn’t to be fixed. So I bought a new kit. Who would have thought that the stupid holes wouldn’t have matched up with the steel door? Figures. That’ll have to go back. Strike 1.
I know it’s February but I hadn’t turned on the two gas fireplaces yet. The upstairs one worked fine once I figured out how to turn on the pilot light again. The downstairs one has an issue with the pilot light and the flames seeping out in the wrong direction. Not good as this will require a visit from a technician. That will have to wait now. Strike 2. Bummer, as we really needed the extra heat downstairs. And my Dad has a blower that will fit in ours after they redid their fireplace!
Next up, ceiling fan. One weekend it randomly decided to drop from the ceiling. Upon further inspection, the entire METAL bracket had split and it was hanging by 3 of the 4 wires. Yikes! The rest of the fan worked just fine and I really didn’t want to have to replace the entire thing. Luckily, I found just the bracket for $4.97 at Menard’s (11% rebate, too! Score!) It’s been driving me batty walking through the living room with loose wires and a gaping hole. . . Figuring out the wires with the 2 circuits was a new experience but I learned something new and the fan and light now works again. Yippee!
The new bracket.
Our gable vent has had several mishaps over the years with children. Who would have thought that a baseball could get lodged in it? Or a lacrosse ball could wipe out an entire piece? I finally bought a new one ($45 at Menard’s with 11% rebate) and used some left-over house paint that the builders must have left many, many years ago. Now all I have to do is climb in the attic and get it attached. Hate the way it looks at the front of the house with the gaping, missing sections. The new one will look so much better!
Painting the new vent. Our old vent, with missing slats. 😦
So I managed to get some projects worked on last weekend, which makes me happy. I also managed to do 2 short runs, help my son buy a car, watch a church service, clean the house, grocery shop, and clean the garage. The one thing I didn’t do this weekend? School work! A successful weekend, if I do say so myself, regardless of a couple of setbacks with the projects!