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Window Repair with #2 Son

Saturday, July 28th, 2012

Last Saturday I took my 10-year-old son along with me to repair a window in one of our rental houses. I like to take one of my boys along so they can learn a thing or two about how to repair things, as well as so they can see how I deal with tenants, and, mainly so that we spend some time together and have fun together. I always try to make it fun for them. For example, we went to ACE Hardware to get a new window cut, we looked at the stuff he likes to see, like BB guns and rockets, and, I bought him a bag of Boston Baked Beans.

It was really a big help to have #2 son along. He not only does what I ask him to do, unlike his teenage brother “Mr. Cool Guy”, but he also brings an enthusiastic spirit to the endeavor. One of the first things I have to do is to chip out the old putty from around the window. It’s my least favorite part of the job since it involves a lot of tedious work. After I explain what I am going to do, my son responds. “Can I do it?” I say “okay, go at it,” but I’m thinking, “Well, if you really insist!” What is old hat to me is new and exciting to him.

When we arrived back from ACE with the new window, I accidentally broke the window as I took it out of the back seat of my pick-up. I thought it might discourage my son to head back to ACE again to buy another window, but his response was, “I need a refill on the Boston Baked Beans anyway.” After that the broken glass incident became a running gag with comments like “is it time to break the window again?” and “let’s break the window again and get some more Boston Baked Beans.”

I must admit, it’s not nearly as entertaining when I have to do those little repair jobs all by myself.

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Rains and Leaks

Monday, September 1st, 2008

Investment House Search Update

Despite the debacle last month, my wife and I are back to beating the bushes looking for our next “dream” fixer-upper house. Our plan is to find another one that we can live in while we repair it. That has worked out pretty well on the one we are living in now.

Of course, if a great deal for a regular rental pops up, we’d probably grab that too.

Rains = Leaks

We got some heavy rain Saturday. I received a call from a tenant Saturday night. She reported three leaks in her house. I knew it was time to re-coat the roof last spring, but I thought it would hold out throught one more rainy season. I was wrong.

So, flat roofs being what they are, the roof has to be dry before it can be patched. And, there has to be no threat of rain, or the coating will just wash off again. Been there, done that.

There is a 30% chance of rain today, but for the rest of the week the forecast is 0%. Tomorrow ought to be a good day to take care of it.

Rental House Repair: An Easy Fix for a Sagging Fence

Sunday, September 9th, 2007

Since this blog is supposed about fixer upper and rental houses (when I don’t get off track), every once in a while I like to pass along fix-up short-cuts that I use.

This past spring I had a townhouse become vacant. There is a small yard in the back of the house with a 6-foot wooden picket-type fence. It was leaning quite a bit on two sides, primarily because some of the bigger 4×4 posts that are planted in the ground had broken off at ground level. I didn’t want to replace those broken posts, which would involve a lot of digging, and removing the fence sections that are connected to the 4x4s.

Instead I bought 4 or 5 six-foot stakes (there is probably a more common name for them that I don’t know) at Lowe’s for about $5.00 each. I pounded them in the ground with a stake pounder (again, probably not the official name) which cost about $20. Then, I straightened up the fence and attached it to the stakes with plumbers tape and screws.

Now the fence stands up straight after about an hour of work to do both sides of the fence. I acknowledge master handyman, Lee Anderson, for introducing me to this technique.

If anyone else has any other techniques, feel free to pass them along and I will post them on the blog.

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