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Thankless Home Maintenance Tasks or Just Blowing Air

Blog entry by ReubenD posted 08-19-2014 03:51 PM 7632 reads 0 times favorited 60 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I like to think of myself as fairly competent with a hammer and a few power tools. Between the learning of necessity when much younger where tight budgets meant if I could not do a home project myself we did not get it done as a young family to these days when it has become something between a hobby and obsession to do my own home projects, I would rate my skills as above average. Sadly, my wife would be quick to point out that motivation and procrastination are areas I still need some improvement in in the case of routine things that I find “boring”.
Things like painting ceilings, sealing the driveway, and water proofing the deck are examples of the chores that when I think about them my mind tends to wander towards building a new deck as a more interesting task for a Saturday and Sunday then simply weather proofing the old one. Walking through the local home improvement store pondering how to avoid doing the boring jobs I was partaking of my favorite pastime – looking at the tools that I want but have not found a use for as of yet.

The picture at the end of the paint aisle of the man weather proofing his deck while smiling got my attention. He was using a sprayer- and I knew why he was smiling – he had just found the excuse to purchase a really high speed air compressor and air tool kit. Compared to my avoidance of spending a full day with brush trying to get into the cracks around the hand rails it did appear to be easier.

I did in fact by an air compressor and several spray heads – there are hundreds of styles of home and light industrial compressors available and after taking a few minutes to choose one that seemed large enough without being ridiculous and getting the weatherproofing I finally managed to scratch a chore off my “to do list”.

Aside from that single task changing from an all-day affair into a short 2 hour job (30 minutes of it was putting up plastic along the house to prevent overspray) I suddenly found a lot of jobs that benefitted. Everything from cleaning out corners and rafters with the forced air, to even applying the driveway sealant in a manner that looked as good as any road crew. I am unsure why it took so many years before ventured into the realm of air powered tools (pneumatic tools) – they are cheaper and more powerful than my standard cordless tools.
I chalk it up to something I learned long ago doing home projects- most are only really difficult until you dive into them and get an understanding of the project. Part of that understanding is the reason some things look so easy for others is they have not only the experience but the right tools to make the jobs easier. Next is to consider stripping and sanding the old cast iron lawn furniture that has been waiting for several years for me to get to that- light sandblasting seems a good trick to learn. The nail gun I am looking at opens a whole range of new projects that had seemed a bit over ambitious before.



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So, the moral of the story is when faced with thankless tasks use them as excuses to by more tools! That may be good motivator assuming a valid case can be made with one’s significant other.

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