DIY Home Maintenance Pro

I’ve never been much for home maintenance.  This is likely because I totally suck at it.  I am also a proponent of outsourcing everything.  With Tara and I both working full time, the last thing we want to do in the evenings is more work.  But I’m trying to come around.  Call it a New Year’s Resolution if you will.  I understand that doing your own home maintenance can be rewarding.  I also understand that I have a ridiculously hard time spelling “maintenance” properly.

I had my first opportunity to put my resolution to use when we returned from our holiday travels and Tara announced that both bathroom sinks were draining unacceptably slow.  I did not call the plumber (although I really wanted to).  Instead, I headed to the hardware store.  Cleaning sink drains is one task in which I actually have a little experience, which means I both know somewhat how to do it as well as how much I dislike doing it.  Hair likes to get caught on the plunger mechanism, which in turn collects gunk and more hair, surreptitiously growing into quite the little drain monster until the drain no longer works.

I spent a fair amount of time in the plumbing aisle at Home Depot surveying the arsenal of drain-cleaning apparatuses and scheming.  Then I saw it.  A snake-looking device about 3 ft. long with a spring-loaded claw on the end.  This would be my Golden Gun.  I grabbed some rubber gloves, goggles, and a thing of Draino and headed into battle.

The task proved to be surprisingly easy with my well-chosen tools and planning.  Both drains were cleaned and working like new in under an hour.  It was disgustingly satisfying.  Kind of like popping a zit.

I feel like a friggin’ champion.  Unfortunately, small bathroom fixes are not unlike seeing an old manly movie like The Godfather for the first time in 2013.  Nobody wants to hear about it.  I, however, have a solution to this quandary: a blog.

So thank you for reading.  I’m definitely glad I didn’t call the plumber this time.  Now to use the money I saved on lift tickets…

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