Spare parts - I can fix...

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Anything
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Nothing, I have a little man on speed dial
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A lot of stuff
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Bathroom problems only
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I have a magnet that says "Anything worth doing is worth paying someone else to do"....I only wish I could!

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DH can fix anything, and he now works from here so he's around for the most part if anything goes wrong. I can fix the little things, but I usually just let him do it as he can do it in half the time it takes me. 

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 no DH ... had to (have to) 'wing it' ... major repairs, i have to call a professional

 

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have DH - not quite worse than useless

this week had some bedside cabinets delivered and they send them with the handles inside out to protect them while in transit - he went of his own accord and got a screwdriver and started putting them on the right way - I nearly had to have a sit down!

I deal with everything along those lines - I do the discussions with the plumbers and shop at the builders merchants. We are currently shopping for new bathroom stuff for room 2 and I have to spend my time saying - No that does not fit onto that!

Was always helping dad as a child as he is a very strong believer in equal opportunities and women's rights etc + plus I have small hands and long arms so perfect for unblocking toilets and plumbing in washing machines!

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I am more handy than DH by far.  My dad had only girls, and we learned.  If he asked "Can you do x?"  it was always if "Yes" you had to do it....if "No", "Well, it's time you learned"......miss him.

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My dad, too, altho I think it was more because he wanted a buddy and I had to do until my brother came along. He still had a few years to go before my brother could hold the hammer without hurting someone!

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I was oldest too. Poor Daddy had to wait until the 4th kid got big enough because #3 although being a boy, was so like him that they could not tolerate each other. At 11 I put shocks on the car because Daddy was still bandaged from cutting off the end of his thumb in the hay baler that he did not bother to shut off before trying to unjam a bale.

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I gave myself a little too much credit on the poll.  I can use a plunger and fix the toilet flapper.  I can also paint baseboards and change lightbulbs blush

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By "I" I mean WE!  It seems like lots of things decided to commit mass suicide over the past week. 

DH is handling some (most) and I am handling others.  

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Thankfully my hubby is THE HANDYMAN. There is nothing he can't fix or do Smiling

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You all scare me.   We haven't (knocking wood until my knuckles bleed) had any horrible emergencies like water collapsing a ceiling. 

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Major romantic holiday the sewer backed up. The guests in the room didn't tell us until the bathroom was flooded. Room offline for a month trying to get the wallpaper stripped, new carpet installed, everything sprayed for mold, etc.

Ceiling in guest room collapsed last year from slow leak when guest broke toilet not just in room but in wall.

Fill line in one sink broke off during breakfast.

Sil snapped shower head off.

Guest jammed knob on tub in on position, couldn't shut water off.

All things needing immediate attention. Sewer was a job for the plumber. On a Sunday. You want to guess what that set us back? While trying to make breakfast. And knowing every shower and every toilet flush was just making things worse.

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Madeleine wrote:

Major romantic holiday the sewer backed up. The guests in the room didn't tell us until the bathroom was flooded. Room offline for a month trying to get the wallpaper stripped, new carpet installed, everything sprayed for mold, etc.

Ceiling in guest room collapsed last year from slow leak when guest broke toilet not just in room but in wall.

Fill line in one sink broke off during breakfast.

Sil snapped shower head off.

Guest jammed knob on tub in on position, couldn't shut water off.

All things needing immediate attention. Sewer was a job for the plumber. On a Sunday. You want to guess what that set us back? While trying to make breakfast. And knowing every shower and every toilet flush was just making things worse.

Oh Maddie! Wow! I hope your insurance covered the majority of these!!! 

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Insurance covered half of the sewer backup. Would not cover Sunday nor would they cover the sewer snake out. That was considered 'maintenance'. We now have that done every 2 years as prevention even tho it had never happened before.

The rest of it wasn't even claimable.

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I call DH Mr Fix-it Man!   He takes care of 99% of the things that CAN be fixed but I no longer allow him to do second floor plumbing.  Ever since he got distracted while installing a shower valve and forgot to tighten one connection causing a slow leak that caused the ceiling in the first floor suite to land on the wood floor in a sodden mess....no more second floor plumbing for him!!! angry

But if it is a simple job of replacement parts, he's the man!  Amazon has an amazing array of spare parts that we make use of on a regular basis....and we have a barn full of stuff that can be cannibalized if we don't actually already have the part.

In a pinch I do OK..mostly putting things together with bailing wire and sealing wax. wink

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I can fix some stuff. DH can still fix some. But for the most part, it is call the appropriate fixer or put it on the lit for the kids when they come - IF it can wait.

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Like most we have bins of spare parts. Things we bought 2 of because who'd a thunk someone could break THAT? Parts we kept when we disassembled something else that broke.

Just stuff.

We have a box of shower handles. The right size one? No. Run to hardware store and hope they have one.

Meanwhile, wait for guests to actually go out for the day. When do they think we're going to fix this? Midnight?

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We always buy two of everything - you can guarantee whatever or whatever will fall of of something or snap off of something at 6pm on a Sunday when you can't get anything anywhere!

Madeleine's picture
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I am always amazed at what guests can break in 24 hours.

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Oh my.  That made my rueful laugh of the day!

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