We moved into our house in December 2008. For Christmas that year, we were fortunate to receive several Lowes gift cards – and a book from my mom. The Ultimate Guide to Home Repair & Improvement.
That book has saved my house. We referenced it when we installed the track lighting in our kitchen, the ceiling fan in our bedroom (before finally calling in a professional), the lighting fixtures in our bathroom and several other non-lighting issues in the house. I don’t know what I’d do without that book.
In our smaller bathroom (the one off our master bedroom), we have a shower that is in need of major updates. The tile is a mustard-y yellow color, the cabinets are dated and the faucet leaks (and while we’ve tried to repair it, we can’t get it to budge, so we can’t replace the rubber rings.) My husband has spent HOURS cleaning the shower to get it to it’s usable state it’s in today. The woman who lived here before us had a shower seat in there, and the shower head has a long hose so it can be removed and used while seated. It was also cheap, so I’m sure that’s why they originally placed it in there. It’s been fine for two years, but this past week I realized that we needed something better – something I could hang a metal rack over so I can store my bottles in the shower (besides keeping them on the floor. The cheap-o tension rod piece-o-crap shelf system we got from Target keeps falling on us.)
Fast forward to today. I was at Lowes with my grandma and spent about 15 minutes looking for a good enough shower head to install. I found one and I was on my way. Once I got home, I started disassembling….and then I thought I was missing a part. I even talked to my dad about this, because the ball piece on the shower head wasn’t coming off, so I needed something to go over this. He thought there would be a part I could get at Home Depot and I almost went on the hunt – until I remembered my book. Checked out the book and realized there was a smarter (easier, better) way and I just needed my husband’s arm strength and a good wrench to get the piece off.
I’m happy to say we have a new shower head. It works, and it doesn’t leak. (Thanks, again, to the book for reminding me I needed to wrap Teflon tape around the part before installing it.)
Oh, and I totally changed the furnace filter for the first time. Ever. By myself. I kind of rock that way.