If you’re a homeowner, I bet you’ve had your fair share of experiences in fixing or replacing items in your home. Some owners opt to pay the pros so they don’t have to deal with the headache or frustration. Other owners will take the DIY route in order to save money and possibly learn something new. Which camp are you in?
I prefer the DIY route myself for most home repairs or installations. So far I’ve replaced an old water heater, change out faucets, installed toilets and repaired plumbing, and set up an irrigation system in the back yard. As frustrating and time consuming as these projects have been, once they were completed I always felt a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction.
Of course, I can’t take all the credit. The many resources found on the web, especially those on YouTube and other sites, is a life and money saver. If I added up all the money I’ve saved on labor alone, I’m sure I’ve saved at least $20,000. Isn’t that crazy?
No Thermostat, No Air Conditioning
So when it was time to replace the thermostat in our home during the middle of summer, I didn’t panic. However, time was of the essence, since I needed to get the air conditioning to turn back on.
After picking up a new thermostat from a local hardware store, I searched online for helpful information. You see, I wasn’t sure what all the wire colors meant, and I wanted to make sure I didn’t end up electrocuting myself upon installation or ruining the thermostat.
I found the information I needed at the Thermostat Center. The guide had instructions that were easy to understand, especially in how the information was laid out. There was also a photo that showed the different wires and which parts connected to the fan or compressor. And my favorite part of all? A YouTube video was included, which was convenient for a visual learner like me.
It’s a good thing I referred to the site to double check the wire colors and their meanings. You never want to assume anything when it comes to dealing with electrical devices. I know it’s a cliché that makes everyone roll their eyes, but safety really does come first.
Once the thermostat was installed correctly, I was able to enjoy the cool air coming from the air conditioner again. Before that, I’d been staying in the cooler, darker areas of my house. Unfortunately, my favorite area in the house, the kitchen, was not one of them.
If your kitchen is well lit with many large windows, you know it gets warmer than the rest of the house. It gets even warmer once the stove is on, so you can understand why I depended on leftovers and the microwave until I could cook in the kitchen again.
Finally, I was able to relax. Do you know what that means? If you live in the desert like I do, that means I can catch up on the latest episode of my favorite show in the comfort of my living room. I was so thrilled with the working thermostat that I dropped the temperature lower than normal, which meant I needed to pull a light blanket out of the linen closet to stay comfortable. It’s the little things like this that make your home a haven.
While I watched my show, one part of my mind reflected on the fact that you can fix practically anything in your home with the right tools, supplies, and instructions. I even made a mental list of my next projects that I wanted to tackle. Now that I had a better understanding of wiring and some experience with it, I wanted to see if I could change out the ceiling fans in the house. I mean, how difficult could it be, right?
More Projects to Come
Then I added more projects to the list, such as replacing the garbage disposal, installing tile that looked like laminate flooring to replace the old, faded carpet in the dining area. I could tell these projects would keep me busy for a long time. I couldn’t wait to get started.