Handy Man

Things I have learned how to do after eight years of living in a building built in 1925, under the supervision of a lazy landlord who would prefer I handle all repairs myself and take it out of the rent:

1)    Take apart windows to clean both sides of the glass.

2)    Rescreen window screens.

3)    Caulk the tub.

4)    Snake drains.

5)    Replace deadbolts/chains/doorknobs.

6)    Track down difficult-to-find hinges that exactly match the holes already drilled in cabinet doors.

7)    Saw a Schleutter strip to the correct size to finally replace the 1970s brass.

8)    What a Schleutter strip is.

9)    How to fix broken bathroom tiles.

And after eight years, I’m pleased to say that not a single original fixture remains.

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