Over the past several weeks, I’ve spent my evenings and weekends working on various projects around the house:
I replaced our dishwasher.Â Our house is ten years old.Â We have lived in it for five of those years.Â Several months ago, our dishwasher stopped working properly.Â I repaired it twice – changing out its pump and replacing the drain hose – but two weeks ago – it just died.Â So, we purchased a newer, more energy efficient dishwasher.Â We love the new one!Â It’s much quieter and does a MUCH better job of washing the dishes.Â 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.Â Over the past few years, we have had trouble with our dryer.Â I’ve replaced the dryer belt – twice – and the pulley.Â Last week, it stopped getting warm – and when I opened it up – the heating element was broken.Â The heater duct assembly for the dryer was relatively inexpensive and the actual repair only took a few minutes.Â Hopefully, the new element – and the dryer – will last for years.
I built a ramp for the kids’ playhouse.Â Our kids are getting older – and rarely use the playhouse as a “play” house.Â Instead, we use it as a place to store their bikes and other toys.Â Adding the ramp makes it easier to get the stuff in and out of the playhouse.Â For about $30, the ramp was more than worth it.
I changed out the locks and doorknobs for our exterior doors.Â It was time.Â The deadbolts were difficult to activate – even after lubrication – and the handles were scuffed.Â Changing out the locks was a relatively simple process – but I DID have some trouble removing the old deadbolts.Â They required a small hex wrench – in a size that I just didn’t have.Â 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.Â Two sides of our house are in the shade, even during winter.Â If I don’t routinely spray down the siding, mildew (mold?) will form on the vinyl siding.Â So, when the first semi-warm day hit last week, I jumped at the chance to pressure-wash.Â 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.Â 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.Â As we move into spring, I’ll turn my focus to our lawn, our small garden, and other outside projects.Â Blessings!