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15 July 2012 @ 08:19 pm
Basic Home Maintenance 101  
Today's lesson, boys and girls, is that nothing is ever as straightforward as you imagine it will be. Let's look at my front screen door; with the installation of new doors imminent I thought it was time to replace the fly wire, and to take the opportunity to scrub down and repaint the scrollwork before putting the new wire in. As soon as I took off the old wire, though, the bottom rail section of the door fell off. The triangular plastic pieces inside the rail that hold it onto the rest of the door are crumbled and have broken around the rivets, so it looks like I'll need to get a proper repair job done.

So then on to the next job. The wrought iron front deck railings badly need repainting, but first I had to remove the vine that has grown up and through the railings. Trouble is, when I cut it back I discovered that the previous owners had painted around the vine when they last painted the deck and posts, so now I'll need to repaint. And you can bet that I won't be able to match the paint exactly, and have to do the whole front.

On the plus side I was able to replace the downstairs screen door handle with a handle and lock assembly that actually works. Bodie won't be best-pleased; when he's downstairs he enjoys opening the door and letting himself out but now I can clip it so that he can't operate the handle. Also scrubbed down my wrought iron table and chairs that I've had since my 21st birthday, preparatory to repainting them, so the weekend wasn't a total waste.

I'm quite convinced that my house was owner-built as no measurements anywhere seem to be standard. My doors both inside and out are all (different!) non-standard sizes; the spans between the front posts are all different lengths, and a host of other little things make me think that someone who didn't really know what he was doing put this house together. Adds to the charm, I guess, but it means most things I want for the place need to be specially made.
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Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] CUPPAdraycevixen on July 15th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)

I don't think we've ever managed any sort of home repairs without discovering something else that needs fixing in the process.

I'm overly amused that the previous owners painted around the vine.
miwahni: random newcarmiwahni on July 16th, 2012 12:22 pm (UTC)
It's tiresome, isn't it. Gets to the point where you approach any job with fear and trepidation, wondering what it's going to lead to.
I didn't know whether to laugh or cry as I peeled the vine back and saw what was beneath.
gillyp: Withnell & Igillyp on July 15th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
This sounds horribly familiar. Everything in our house has to be bespoke. Nothing is standard, nothing is even, the whole darn house tilts heavily to the south and west. The new windows had to be put in at 30 degrees off straight to make them look right from the street.
miwahni: cats Literary Catmiwahni on July 16th, 2012 12:20 pm (UTC)
Oh dear, I CAN'T compete with that! *g*
BTW, finished Entanglement today; will review on amazon, although possibly not tonight as my thoughts are a-jumble at present. But I have to tell you that I thoroughly enjoyed it and was disappointed when it came to an end.
gillyp: Entanglement cover icongillyp on July 16th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
Is it a competition? Oh, I hope so. I'd love some prizes, help pay for the cost of the repairs. ;)

I'm completely and deeply thrilled you liked E. A review would be fabulous, I'd love to know what you think, what you liked and what you didn't - but whenever, if-ever you want, please don't feel obliged.

I'm currently working on the sequel, but it could be a while before it's ready, what started out as a relatively strraight-forward story seems to grow more complex by the hour. Just today, a whole new plot thread appeared I hadn't planned for. It looks promising and troublesome by equal measure. :)