Mark and I are looking forward to a weekend in
Lately we've been on a do-it-yourself kick. We started by installing a pendant light. It's a relatively easy thing to do, if you're replacing an existing light. After we got over the fear of electrocution, Mark and I dangled from a tall ladder. It was like a Cirque du Soleil performance, minus the nice costumes.
Then we installed some ceramic floor tile in a storage room. All we needed was Clive, Mark's Mini Cooper, the internet, Home Depot, and patience. It took a couple weekends and it looks wonderful. For our next trick, we'll outfit the room with shelves and utility hooks. And paint. We're going to paint everything.
We also plan to install roller shades in the bedroom. The sun comes in bright around 6 am, waking us up. Between the sunshine and our cat, Dida, it's a wonder that we sleep at all.
With all this going on, I can't imagine having a house. One must be constantly busy. We New Yorkers usually don't have yards to tend, gutters to clean, or basements to rescue from flooding. Most are renters, and the extent of their handiwork would be calling the landlord (who may or may not actually do anything). We have it easy.
Here, I have to mention that on the project I'm working on at work, we're using some fancy, expensive hinges. Each hinge costs over $500, and since the doors are 8 feet high, there are four hinges per door.
That makes $2,000 in hinges per door, or over $4,000 per set of double doors. Just for hinges. That's not counting fancy knobs or the doors themselves, which will be custom made of a beautiful paneled wood.
I'll just continue to work for these lucky clients, while I balance on the ladder with Mark at home.
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