It’s been too long

14 03 2015

Posting is one of those things I think about when I am doing a job or driving down the road but when I get to a place or time of day I can, I don’t. Enough excuses so I will jump right in and tell you about some of the jobs I have done in almost 2 years.

I had a new client ask me to install 2 sinks in her vanity. She and her husband bought them from Ikea in Charlotte. Everything was going well until it was time to connect the water supply lines and the drain lines. Ikea sinks and faucets are made to a Swedish specification and the supply and drain in this home was plumbed to a U.S. specification and they are slightly different. I had to chase down part to go between the provided faucets and drain and the plumbed piping in the home. It worked. I felt especially good about it because a plumber turned her down on doing the job. As far as I know she is still very happy which makes me happy.

I had a medical facility that had me do their small jobs and diagnosis of problems in the building. Their building has a flat roof with drains in strategic places to drain the water off. There were trees about 60 feet from the building and that was close enough for the leaves to get on the roof and collect in the drains causing a flooding situation, sometimes inside the building. I had to go on the roof about 3 times a year to clean out the drains. That building and Physician practice has been sold. I guess someone else is doing that now.

I now have 2 other medical practices that I help out now, moving boxes to storage, assembling furniture, moving furniture, hanging bulletin boards and that goes on. I do what they need and I enjoy it.

I have another couple I have helped to get their home staged and moved item around the house and to Habitat for Humanity. They have sold now and moved to temporary housing until the next home is ready for them.

I had the opportunity to replace some hinges in a toy store at the Mall. Hinge manufacturers don’t usually put their name on their hinges but this company did. As it turns out the manufacturer is in Kernersville, NC. I called them and they sent me new hinges. The toy store is back in business.

I have learned a lot about the watering systems that you see in the grocery store that keep your veggies fresh. I have worked on 4 different systems. Some of them are are very complex and the store wants them programed to deliver a specified amount of water and a specified frequency.

I got a call from the assistant of an interior decorator needing me to hang some art and about 40 decorative plates. I placed about 20 plates on 2 walls in the same large dinning room. That was tedious. I have since been back to install art and photos.

I have organized several garages. I can’t seem to organize mine but I can organize for someone else. Do you need your garage, basement, or workshop organized? Call me.

Of course I continue to clean lots of gutters. Several months back I worked on 3 pedestal sinks. I had not worked on a pedestal sink in years and probably will not work on any more in that many years again.

Recently I was asked to cut some broken hockey sticks so the client could make a hockey stick collage. I will have a picture for this also, later.

I have a ladder I can put on steps sideways and go up to the ceiling to replace ceiling tiles. In the building of 1 client I have done that several times. There is apparently a leak in the roof but until it gets bad enough to find it I will replace the tiles.

Last year I was asked to take down a broken and collapsed stained glass window. Someone had taken it out of it’s frame which was a massive wooden frame. They hung it with cup hooks in the leaded frame and cup hooks in the window frame where it was hung. The lead could not hold the weight. It fell from the top and folded in half. I carefully took it down and laid in the back of my truck. I got the wooden frame from the garage and took both to be restored. The owner said the window came from a church in England and it is many years old. I had the leaded glass restored and returned to the wooden frame and took it back to it’s home and hung it. I have a pictures that I will post at a later date.

Twice lately I was asked to remove a dishwasher from under the counter of 2 different homes. In 1 home the counter tops were put in with the dishwasher already installed. The new stone counter tops were different than the the old Formica tops. There was not enough room to get out the dishwasher. I had to cut the feet off and then pull it out. When it was time to go back in I was able to reinstall the feet and the unit is working now. The other dishwasher the tile floor was installed with the dishwasher installed. I cut the feet out and still didn’t have enough room to get it out. I found that this one had a metal brace glued to the underside of the counter top over the dishwasher. I had to remove that to get the unit out. When it was time to install the new unit I had to take the wheels off the back and the feet off the front. Once I got it in place I had to block it in place because it didn’t have feet to stabilize it. I think I have mentioned before that I like doing jobs that others do not want to do but need to be done. I had another client that told me she thought she had mice. As it turns out, she did. I found where they were getting into her crawl space and repaired that. She had bought Decon and I placed it along with water in the crawl space. I checked on the Decon in 1 week and the packs were eaten. I put out more of Decon and checked on them a week later. Some of the packs were eaten. I put more and checked on them in 1 week. They were not eaten. I think we caught them at just the right time to stop a full invasion of mice.

I was asked to remove a trash compactor and build a wine rack to go back in the hole under counter. I suggested putting in a wine fridge. She bought the wine fridge from Amazon and I built a little stand for it and painted black the sides of the cabinet inside the hole.

I built a wall 40 feet long and 30 inches high on the lower end. I started on it last July when it was nice and hot. I had to dig the place for the wall by hand and move the soil to the back yard. I used 4X6 treated wood to build the wall. That was not my first wall but this was the longest with the most digging. I have pictures for this also. I hope this is an enjoyable read for you. Feel free to contact me with questions or critique. Let me know if you want me to post more often, or less. I would like to hear from you.



One response

5 08 2015

I enjoy your posts. Now I want to go tackle a project of my own. You should post more often.

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