When the water from the faucet in our upstairs bathroom went from flowing freely to flowing slowly, at first it was just an annoyance. But when it slowed so much that it could barely rinse a toothbrush, I got worried.
My mind filled with fears of having to replace every last bit of plumbing in our house. I envisioned our plumber’s kids graduating from college courtesy of our life savings.
Such are the mad thoughts to one who is home maintenance challenged.
But then a few semi-rational thoughts made their way into my mind. None of the other faucets were running slowly, so it couldn’t be a whole-house plumbing problem, right?
Grabbing a wrench, and a computer
After ruling out the possibility that one of our kids tampered with the knobs underneath the sink, I turned to the Internet. Still fearing what I might discover, I forced my trembling fingers to type, “fixing one slow faucet.” With several results mentioning “aerator,” a term I thought only applied to poking holes in your yard for reasons that are still a mystery to me, I discovered that unscrewing the tip of the faucet and soaking the parts in vinegar may solve the problem. And to my amazement, it did!
At first, I felt like the worst player on a little league team who sticks his glove in the air out of self-defense and miraculously catches the game-winning fly ball.
But then I felt proud of myself for figuring out the problem and saving the $125 our plumber would have charged. Now I’m motivated to learn how to do more around the house myself, and I’m intent on teaching our kids how to fix stuff, too.
You can do it — they can help
But you can just type questions into the Internet as well, which is what I did to fix our faucet.
Raising handy kids
In order to help our kids grow up to be handy around the house, I’m involving them in the projects I’m learning how to do. And I’ve taken them to some free how-to workshops offered by the two leading DIY stores.
Home Depot offers free workshops for kids on certain Saturdays.
What advice do you have about becoming handier around the house?
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