We fix things around this house. My husband is the most talented guy when it comes to repairing stuff, and I'm not too shabby myself. We both like the challenge of troubleshooting and figuring out what's wrong and how things work.
This weekend it was our ten year old dishwasher. It's been a little stinky, so the other day I ran it with vinegar, cleaned out the filters, and scrubbed the seals, but nothing worked. Sunday morning it leaked on the floor. Uh-oh.
We found two places that may have caused the leak and a whole lot of yukky gray and black gunk built up under a plastic flange. How could you possibly keep that clean? We had to remove and get inside the door panel to access it! A new part is on order, and the air vent is cleaned and reinstalled.
I guess I'm lucky...we saved whatever service companies might have charged for a 2-3 hour repair visit. But if we weren't so darn handy I might have a brand new stainless steel dishwasher right now. Hmmm.
“He taught me that there is no shame in breaking something, only in not being able to fix it.” ~Hope Jahren
“She believed in getting as much use as possible from everything, and thought that as long as machinery, or anything else, could be cajoled into operation, it should be kept; to do otherwise, she thought, was wasteful.” ~Alexander McCall Smith