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Wednesday, 05 May 2010 03:30
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Most of us manage to accumulate an inventory of things that are broken or just don’t quite work right. The list of these little annoyances grows over time and we either learn to live with them or get them fixed. We’re not going to be judgmental and we’re leaky_faucetcertainly not going to dispense any advice on how you can fix them because, frankly, we have our own list of troubles. We just want you to commiserate with us. Here’s our list of the Top 10 Things We Just Never Get Around to Fixing.

10. The Leaky Gutter:

Perhaps it’s bent because of all the leaves you forgot to remove, but every time it rains, a ton of water ends up spilling over the edge instead of making its path to the drain pipe. We probably don’t fix it because it’s “up there” - which means fetching the ladder and clearing the gutter - and heck it only rains so often in Seattle.

9. The Old Window Air Conditioner:

That ancient 15 year old air conditioner that runs all summer long but is about as functional as a hand-held fan. Technically it’s not broken - it stills sounds like an air conditioner - but its efficiency leaves a lot to be desired and keeps your electrical bills sky high. With all the tax incentives available getting it tuned up or swapped out will probably pay for itself in the first year. But it’s such a hassle.

8. The Broken Front Step:

The mortar in the front step is so messed up that small animals use the holes for a home. Fixing it would require time and money that you just don’t have. Put aside issues of personal pride - it’s the gateway to your castle that everyone sees it when they walk up to your home - but the only real concern you should have is that small children might fall into one of the ever growing holes. Our advice, keep your insurance current and enter through the garage and you'll stretch this one out a few more years.

7. The Cracked Window:

Not quite broken, but definitely cracked and in a part of your house that few would notice. Continue ignoring it - it won’t go away but your eyes will adjust to it as a familiar and quaint detail of your surroundings. Strategic placement of a plant is also a good idea.

6. The Torn Screen Door:

The screen door seemed like a dream when you first got it. You could keep the mosquitoes out and let the cool breeze in. Unfortunately, your cat thought it was a musical instrument and started strumming away. Now it’s an eyesore but replacing it would only encourage your cat to play symphonies. The obvious solution is to keep the door closed and turn on the broken air conditioner.

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LB3309  - Chandelier bulbs |2010-05-05 08:41:07
Chandelier: go to Home Depot, they have little flame-shaped CFLs designed specificially for chandelier light fixtures. These CFLs will fit in either narrow or regular sockets; an adapter is included for the latter. These little bulbs are somewhat pricey, two for $11, but only use 5 watts of power. But CFLs last almost forever!

I installed four such bulbs in my front entry light fixture, 20 watts of electricity used vs. 240 watts when I had the old 60-watt incandescents in them. Great energy (and electric bill) saver!

The flame-shaped CFLS in the chandelier give off the equivalent of about 55 to 60 watts of illumination, which makes the entry area look less like a business and more like a cozy home late at night. Highly recommended!
John605  - A few more |2010-05-05 08:31:04
The leaking roof
the broken patio table
the stove burner

i could keep going
frugal nomad  - You can't be serious - the stove burner |2010-05-05 10:59:33
Before you keep going, fix the stove burner. Procrastination is one thing but that's really living on the edge.

On the bright side, the only things listed so far that need urgent attention are the sprinklers and the stove burner. That makes for a very managable Honey Do List.
haverwench  - Living on the edge? |2010-05-05 19:26:18
Having one stove burner that doesn't light is living on the edge? How often do you really have to use all four burners? (And if it's just the igniter that's broken, you can always use a match if you have to.)

I don't see why the sprinkler is so urgent, either. Some of us live pretty full lives without owning one at all. You can actually water the lawn with a hose if you have to (and around here, where it actually rains from time to time, we don't really need to do that).
frugal nomad  - You're a better man than me |2010-05-05 19:57:54
I have to tip my hat to you - you're obviously more hard core than the wimps at In our defense, some of us have wives to answer to. We just thought the stove might be a bit of a safety hazphard.

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