Cranky Mr. Fixit
As an owner
of a townhome with HOA restrictions, (yes “Cynthia” from that commercial does exist) I have little to say about anything
outside of our unit. This is a bit
annoying, but on the plus side I am not particularly handy with stuff so the
association does take care of most issues.
There are exceptions.
We do not
have direct access to our garage. It is
attached but not to our unit…anyway we need to go outside in order to get to
our garage. The lock on the garage side-door is difficult to operate in the dark so I leave the garage light on at all
Mrs. C does
not like that.
a gadget with a motion detector that turns the light on at night when it is approached. End of problem.
the gadget crapped out after a few months.
I know; I
could get a good spotlight with a motion detector for a reasonable price, but
that would not pass muster with our local “Cynthia.”
fixtures must be of a certain specification.
another gadget that is activated by darkness to turn the light on for three
hours. Three hours after dusk is as much
time as we may typically need.
a week this gadget stopped working.
it! We keep buying cheap gadgets to fix
our garage light issue and they keep crapping out. I’m going to get one of those spotlight
motion detector things at Lowes. I’ve
installed them before and I know they will work and not crap out.”
the HOA will object and you’ll have to take it down.”
can’t get in the garage at night without remembering a flashlight?”
get another of those cheap gadgets.”
for 2 is enough, the cheap things just don’t work.”
was working so well, it’s bizarre that it stopped.”
did, I’m going to chuck it in the garbage.”
you do, maybe the bulb just burned out.”
That turned out to be a good suggestion.
Like I said,
I am not particularly handy with stuff.
recently some irrigation work done in our yard.
The workers managed to lower a pipe that our sump emptied into. This caused the sump discharge to splatter
against the house.
Not a big
problem, but one I was directed to fix.
was to simply extend the discharge pipe the inch that the drain pipe was
dropped. Not worth explaining, suffice
to say I needed to attach one section of PVC pipe to another with a PVC coupler.
enough except I could not believe how tight the fit was. I could not insert the pipe to the coupler
more than a quarter inch. With the
required PVC cement, which sets up almost instantly, I would never get the
pieces together. I spent an hour trying
to sandpaper the joints down to make the fit easier.
It seemed to
make almost no difference.
that I could use a rubber mallet to quick join the pieces together.
on the PVC cement, fit the pieces together and before I could slam them with
the mallet discovered that the PVC cement allows the pieces to easily slide together before it set up.
No sanding needed;
no mallet needed. The pieces slide
together easy- peasy.
just be a good thing that the association is responsible for most outside maintenance.