- Install a full-height pantry cabinet we purchased previously.
- Install wood trim around an unfinished shelf in the master bedroom.
- Add some shelves to our master bedroom closet.
Total bill: $314.5 Materials: $12
The pantry was a big-ticket item, although my wife was able to save more than $2000 off the first bid she got by shopping around and having me put it together. Admittedly, there were probably even cheaper things we could have put in, but our new kitchen is fairly nicely appointed and we wanted the pantry to match the rest of the kitchen cabinets. Remember, we plan to be here for a while. One of the main reasons that we brought the contractor in was that I was a little worried about damaging such an expensive item.
Now, the whole time that the contractor was working on these projects, I was running around the house doing the things that I DID have the tools for. The one that stumped me was the one that inspired this post. There was a bedroom door that would not latch because the latch and wall plate were misaligned. I simply needed to widen the cutout for the plate slightly (less than 1/8th inch). I wasted about a half an hour trying to fake my way through it with a screwdriver and then the side of a drill bit (I know, I know; I'm embarrassed). When the contractor returned from his lunch break, I borrowed his chisel and finished the job literally within 3 minutes. That's when I realized, "this stuff's not rocket science. I can figure it out; I just need the right tools for the job."
With just the tools we DO have, my wife was able to:
- install cabinet rollouts in the master bathroom
- mount a swing-arm makeup mirror on the wall
and I was able to:
- Replace a tub spout that had a leaky diverter
- Mount our rear speakers on the wall near the ceiling.
- Take apart our dryer, reroute the vent from the back to the side, replace the plug with one that is compatible with our older 220 outlet, and put it back together.