DH fixes things

  • Even though DH is only getting paid 50%, he’s still working 80% or more.  I caught him working on Friday this week.  He really likes programming.
  • Still, it seems like our house heard that he was going to be at part-time and then completely laid off and decided that now was a good time to have things break.
  • Our bedroom light started flickering annoyingly (strobe is a migraine trigger for me).  DH diagnosed that it was the dimmer and got a replacement dimmer switch and then swapped it out without electrocuting himself or shorting our house electricity and now it works just fine.  Cost ~$8.
  • A couple lightbulbs decided to go out.  He replaced them.
  • An A key on our electronic piano decided to just stop working.   He took apart the keyboard, cleaned the contacts on the circuit board, and put it back together. Cost:  Free, just lots and lots of time and screws that had to be unscrewed and rescrewed.
  • The magnetic catches on the bathroom window shutters all died of plastic fatigue and stopped working at all.  After I complained about the painters tape he was using to keep the shutters closed, he replaced them with metal catches that won’t die in the Southern sun.  (This one actually broke a long time ago and I didn’t mind until he put tape on things– apparently I have less problem with shutters to the bathroom that are a little open, not enough so anyone can see through, but cannot stand a bunch of blue tape advertising the fact they won’t stay shut without it.)  Cost:  $10
  • Wasp nest in the BBQ.  DH killed them dead, then killed them again when the survivors decided to start a new nest near the garage.  Then he bought a new cover for the bbq so this wouldn’t happen again.  Cost:  $4 for spray and $80 for a new cover
  • There will be a separate post on the modem router that was killed by lightening because I need to find the email DH sent me explaining everything.

Have you fixed up anything lately? Or had anything fixed? Or have things been breaking?

23 Responses to “DH fixes things”

  1. Candi Says:

    It’s so nice when someone in the house is handy, isn’t it? We’ve or more accurately, the boyfriend, has been fixing things too. He replaced the deck stairs that finally became a little too rickety and fixed a drawer with a broken track. Then I finally had the outside electrical replaced, which needed it badly. That went fine, but when the power came back on the fridge was dead. Luckily it was just the motherboard that was fried and he replaced that, cause new fridges appear hard to come by these days.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      It is! Especially someone with tools that can check for exactly which circuit is broken. Replacing a board is way less expensive and wasteful than replacing a full appliance.

      We actually hired out replacing the deck stairs last spring– not DH’s favorite job.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      To be fair to me– growing up and living with roommates I was the one fixing everything. I was especially good with toilet innards and sinks. Never anything electrical though! Well, I mean computer problems, but not anything that could theoretically kill a person. I’ve been electrocuted a couple of times because I was a stupid kid (and the 70s/80s weren’t as childproof as today) and it isn’t something I’d like to experience again.

  2. Bev Says:

    My son-in-law loves to fix things–cars, computers, plumbing, electricity–and he’s really good at it, so every time they visit he fixes something. But now of course no visits are occurring, so stuff is breaking down and staying broken, or if it’s serious enough, I have to call an actual professional and pay the big bucks. Another reason to hate this pandemic!

  3. nicoleandmaggie Says:

  4. Jenny F. Scientist Says:

    I replaced a weird lightbulb. I still need to fix where I wired a switch wrong- we haven’t been using it- and the 4×4 ceiling drywall hole where a pipe leaked. (I fixed the pipe but left it open in case of further leaks and then, um, forgot about it.) Mercifully, nothing else major has broken lately except the roof, which required professionals.

  5. accm Says:

    Finally replaced some outdoor light bulbs which had been dead for… a while. Still trying to figure out how to get the mildew smell out of the car after a certain small person left a window open during a rainstorm a few weeks ago. (Probably time for another round of baking soda.)

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Yay changing light bulbs!

      open car windows in the rain is the worst… well, not quite as bad as spilled apple juice. Spilled apple juice that was undetected until after it had a chance to sink in is the worst. But rain inside the car is also not great.

    • Lucy Says:

      That reminds me of the time I opened by accident the solar roof of a rental car…after a snowstorm while I was trying to not skid off an uphill road. There was a lot of swearing going on and then a lot of inside snow removal, once I got it off my head… as if I didn’t have enough with the regular snow removal.

  6. Matthew D Healy Says:

    Well I recently swapped out the valve core in a bathtub faucet that was dripping. Since we rent, we could have just called the office and had them fix it but (1) we might have had to wait a few days before somebody came and (2) more importantly, during the pandemic I prefer minimizing the number of people coming in here.

    I even lucked out guessing which way it should go in: the old one did not say which side was hot vs cold so I put it in knowing there was a 50% chance I’d have to turn off the water again, remove the new valve core, and put it back in the other way. I got it right the first time.

  7. Susan Says:

    Part of our re-settling-in post-sabbatical involved a bunch of fixing things. It was a long list! There was a lot of weeding and trimming, replacing AC filters, replacing fluorescent tube fixtures with LEDs (that just … work! when you flip the switch, it’s MAGIC I tell you), finally acquiring a custom shade for our arch window, swapping out a few outlets for USB/outlet combos, and we finally replaced our patio furniture. On tap, I’ve bought tubing to insulate the water pipes in the crawl space but I hate getting in there so haven’t executed that plan yet.

    • nicoleandmaggie Says:

      Ha! I remember when we replaced our fluorescent tube fixtures with LEDs. I should take a moment to remember to appreciate that change. It really is magic!

      We also did the shade for our arch window several years ago and that was great.

      Haven’t swapped out outlets for usb/outlet combinations but I should suggest that to DH! Right now we have a station next to the bed like they have at hotels where we plug things in at night.

  8. Revanche @ A Gai Shan Life Says:

    We’re still working our way through the major reno stuff but we (PiC) did manage to set up lots and lots of new shelving in the bedrooms that we needed to get things more organized. He’s also really done a lot of work in the garage which is super helpful.

    I’m giving our fridge a real sideeye though, it seems to be running far too cold these days. Stuff in the freezer is getting frosted over and stuff in the fridge is freezing. I’m crossing my fingers in hopes that it’ll … stop.

  9. First Gen American Says:

    I have a handy husband too. Hurray. And I am handy as well but more with grunt work things like painting and tiling and gardening. He’s better at figuring out mechanical, electrical and plumbing stuff. Everything is very intuitive to him. He can look at something and figure out what is wrong.

    Like with the kids, I have to remind myself to be grateful of the work ethic and not nitpick all the mistakes or methodology


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