This recent warmer weather is now drawing people into their backyards, where they catch their first glimpse of the condition of their wooden decks. And for many, it ain’t a pretty sight.
If you don’t like the deck you see, your first instinct might be to stain or paint it, thinking it will cover-up all your problems, so you can go on enjoying it again. Oh, if only life were that easy.
Time for some tough love. Why do you continue to live under the same roof as those small things that never get fixed? They irritate you, and you can never get them out of your mind. Why can’t you ever seem to summon the will to kick them out of your house for good, vowing never to think about them again? Is this one of those strange dependency things you often hear about?
Hey, what’s with that extra door that blocks your front door? That flimsy thing that’s always in the way when you carry bags in and out, and every once in awhile gives you a smart whack on your backside. Why are you hiding your attractive front door behind something that at best is invisible, just glass and a thin frame? And, what joker came up with this idea anyway — the guy who invented plastic slip covers?
The truth is, storm doors are a lot like tonsils. If they become a problem you can live without them. But they can perform helpful functions.
It’s cold outside, so you’re stuck inside. Looking for something fun to do? Why not participate in our Fix St Louis Treasure Hunt!
Just grab a pad and pen, and look around your house. Now, find as many of the items below as you can, then write them down. Quickly, please!
You got your house all ready for your holiday guests — it hadn’t looked better all year. You put off the big repairs, because you didn’t want to deal with them then, and just fixed the small stuff that would have embarrassed you or inconvenienced your guests. They came, they wore-and-tore your house, and now they’re gone.
Now what? What’s on your “honey-do” list? Or maybe more accurately, what is on your handyman service list?
How about making those repairs that you put off, as you held your breath hoping you would not have a catastrophe until after your guests left? Generally, these are in the area of plumbing, where small leaks can over time cause a lot of damage.
How about fixing those problems that were either discovered or made more apparent when your guests were around, really putting your home to the test?
Listen ye homeowners and you shall hear
That the Christmas holidays are drawing near.
At the end of December, on twenty-five;
Hardly a homeowner is now alive
Who does not fear that infamous day this year.