"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Monday, November 23, 2009

Household repairs while on vacation

The project:
Do simple household repairs/maintenance as the need arose during our visit to wet and wild Washington.

A few minutes here and there: lubricating locks; lubricating hinges; plunging (and ultimately chemically altering clog) in bathtub; plunging kitchen sink.

Why bother?
Every house needs a little help now and again. A century-old house needs a little extra TLC. Since I had time on my hands, and the know-how, I figured I'd lend a helping hand.

Worth it?
Yes - I always like to do a project that NEEDS to be done and is going to provide lasting results. Rusted hinges mean no entry. Rusted locks mean ... no entry. And the clogged drains? Those are just a pain in the tuckus. (Dusting, vacuuming and mopping, for example, while wonderfully rewarding in the short term aren't really my idea of a good time. After all, the floor mopped today will be dirty again tomorrow. A sink unplugged today will probably stay that way for months! FAR greater bang for the buck!)

Photo courtesy Arlen under Creative Commons license.

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