|A Man's Home is his Castle|
We built our house over twelve years ago. Over the years I have had to have two casement windows repaired (one no longer can be opened); two ceiling areas re-taped, floated and painted; the stairs leading down from the back deck to the backyard re-leveled as one side sank; one toilet valve replaced twice; the wine cooler solenoid replaced; the gate motor replaced and the garage door opener fixed. I have had one burst water pipe (my fault for not disconnecting the hose). We also had the two chimney's recapped last year due to water leakage through the ceiling. Next week someone is coming in to replace the cracked baffle and insulation in the wood fireplace.
Some of these events are normal wear and tear items and others the result of living in a humid area with dramatic temperature changes. The windows are just bad product.
This year the starters on the gas range have been giving me fits and I have been told corrosion means they cannot be replaced. I will need a new range top which I keep putting off due to the complexities of measurement and my fear of getting it wrong. We have a dual AC system and one unit is now not working and waiting for a part ($400 not including labor) and I have been cautioned that this could be a temporary fix and I may need a new unit (thousands of dollars). The good part is while the air is so thick you can cut it with a knife, temps are below 80 F.
My refrigerator is making odd noises. I am working hard to keep the coils clean while it runs in this warmer than normal house.
I often wish I was more of a handy-man like my Dad who could fix anything. Hubby is mostly thumbs even though they are green.
I have read that you do not own a house, it owns you.