What do you do when you shower suddenly reverses polarity, and the handle twists all helter-skelter, and you have no idea which way will make the water hot or cold? It was a fun few days of playing Shower Roulette before I finally had enough. Yeah, I could have called the landlords, waited on a plumber, and been annoyed. Instead? I got out my tools and took the shower apart!
It only took a philips-head screwdriver and a pair of pliers. Turns out the housing that goes around the gasket-thingy (technical term) which turns the valve had broken. I gathered all the pieces into a ziplock bag and headed to Lowes. In about 10 minutes, I had the replacement parts in hand, and within the hour, my shower was fixed! Voila! I’ll deduct my $10 in sunk costs for replacement parts from the rent and they can be happy that I’m the most awesome tenant ever (besides David Tenant- he’s clearly more awesomer than I am).
It was fun not playing Shower-Roulette this morning.
This is actually something I really value about how I was brought up and how I’ve lived. Watching my parents build their own house, I learned early that it wasn’t that hard to do stuff. There was no mystery- get a book, read the directions carefully, and you can pretty much do a kinds of fix-it stuff. I’ve watched my mom pour concrete, frame a door, strip furniture, repair drywall. I’ve watched my dad frame rafters, build foundation forms, point masonry and roof a gable. And now with YouTube, it’s easier than ever to take the reins. If there’s something you need, find a video on how to do it, and give it a shot. Be careful that it’s a simple job and you actually have the correct tools- but don’t be afraid to jump in! Had my shower been leaking in the wall or required a specialized pipe-wrench, I would have acquiesced and called a plumber- but often the fixes are small and simple, and easily done. Plus, the sense of accomplishment is validating in a way that might surprise you.
Tell me something you fixed that made you feel awesome and competent and like you wanted to don a cape and stand in the sunset…