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Spring Productivity

Tuesday, April 8th, 2008

I'm so much more productive when the weather is nice. I'm not even talking about just doing things outside, but even projects I've wanted to get done inside. This past weekend I got a whole bunch of stuff done.

Ever since we moved into this house I've wanted to change the water valves for the washing machine to newer quarter-turn ones. Our washing machine is on the first floor off the kitchen, so if we were to ever have a washer hose blow water would flood the first floor and basement ruining the floors and most likely the furnace as there are forced air ducts in the floor near the washer. My dad and I tried to change the valves last summer but they were soldered on and very awkward to work with, so I figured I would just have to live with them.

This weekend while at Home Depot I discovered just the adapter I was looking for: a hose fitting to 1/2 pipe thread. This enabled me to screw the adapter to the end of the existing valves and screw the new quarter-turn valves on the end. This way I can leave the old valves on and just use the easy quarter-turn ones to turn the water on and off when doing laundry!

Old washer valvesNew washer valves

You might be saying to yourself, what are the odds of a washer hose blowing? I had one fail in my last house, but it was in the unfinished basement and about 5 feet away from the sump-pump hole. I was also home at the time, so it wasn't a big deal.


Since Sunday was such a beautiful day we spent most of it outside doing spring lawn work. In the fall we raked and blew most of our leaves, but a lot of leaves from the neighbors ended up in our back yard. They were all wet and weighed a ton. I think I gave myself a hernia dragging the tarp to the curb with a particularly large load of leaves. I also seeded and fertilized the back yard since most of it died last summer in the heat and lack of rain. I hope it comes back, the lawn was gorgeous when we first moved in. I put fertilizer with weed and crab-grass preventative on the front lawn since that grass wasn't completely dead; at least that should look nice. From what I understand that stuff prevents seeds from germinating, which is how it stops the weeds from growing but won't damage the grass since it's already alive. I have to wait a few weeks before I can put that on the back yard though since I just seeded. If I had put it down, they say new grass (from seeds) won't grow for up to 4 months after! Good thing I read the label.

Tonight I finally fixed my broken parking brake! I was waiting until the weather got warmer because working on the driveway or garage floor when it's 30° outside sucks. So once it warmed up I started juicing the bolt that's been rusted in place since I was in middle school and finally broke it loose this evening. Once the bolt was loose it took about 20 minutes to change the brake mechanism and put the console back in the car.

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#1 - Apr 10, 2008 at 7:03 AM

John makes me turn off the water to the washer when we are not using it...just in case. I thought he was the only one concerned about hoses blowing.

#2 - Apr 10, 2008 at 8:19 AM
No, I'm weird like that too...he's not alone.
#3 - Apr 10, 2008 at 6:37 PM
If a hose blew on our washer it might improve things in the basement a little. Clean things up down there.
#4 - Apr 11, 2008 at 1:07 PM
Been there, done that. Had our whole garage flooded one time. We turn them on and off everytime we do laundry. But when it blew, I was doing laundry at the time. We had to get a new stove last week because the old one only had 2 burners working and it was 30 yrs old. Now I will be tackling the ugly wallpaper in the kitchen. Going out this weekend to find a steamer. Already got the paint...actually venetian plaster. Going creative.

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