Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent my evenings and weekends working on various projects around the house:
I replaced our dishwasher. Our house is ten years old. We have lived in it for five of those years. Several months ago, our dishwasher stopped working properly. I repaired it twice – changing out its pump and replacing the drain hose – but two weeks ago – it just died. So, we purchased a newer, more energy efficient dishwasher. We love the new one! It’s much quieter and does a MUCH better job of washing the dishes. This was a bit of a budget hit – thank goodness for the emergency fund!
While we are on the subject of appliances – I removed and replaced the heating element in our clothes dryer. Over the past few years, we have had trouble with our dryer. I’ve replaced the dryer belt – twice – and the pulley. Last week, it stopped getting warm – and when I opened it up – the heating element was broken. The heater duct assembly for the dryer was relatively inexpensive and the actual repair only took a few minutes. Hopefully, the new element – and the dryer – will last for years.
I built a ramp for the kids’ playhouse. Our kids are getting older – and rarely use the playhouse as a “play” house. Instead, we use it as a place to store their bikes and other toys. Adding the ramp makes it easier to get the stuff in and out of the playhouse. For about $30, the ramp was more than worth it.
I changed out the locks and doorknobs for our exterior doors. It was time. The deadbolts were difficult to activate – even after lubrication – and the handles were scuffed. Changing out the locks was a relatively simple process – but I DID have some trouble removing the old deadbolts. They required a small hex wrench – in a size that I just didn’t have. After a quick internet video search, I managed to find a way to remove the locks, without the hex wrench.
I pressure-washed the siding on our house. Two sides of our house are in the shade, even during winter. If I don’t routinely spray down the siding, mildew (mold?) will form on the vinyl siding. So, when the first semi-warm day hit last week, I jumped at the chance to pressure-wash. Once I have all of the necessary pressure-washing stuff dragged out – pressure washer, hose, pump sprayer, bleach, long-handled brush, safety glasses, etc. – I actually enjoy pressure washing. While I was at it, I cleaned out the garage and pressure washed its walls and concrete.
By doing these projects myself, I hope I saved some money, and I know I’ve felt a sense of accomplishment. As we move into spring, I’ll turn my focus to our lawn, our small garden, and other outside projects. Blessings!