Saturday, September 13, 2014

Mr. Fix It

Being a home owner has been pretty awesome to say the least. I've been able to customize our home and make it exactly how WE want it. I've taught myself a lot of things, most recently, I've taught myself how to do electrical work. I've put a ceiling fan in the garage to help with the dampness from summer and winter due to the fact that no pad was installed under the cement and I've placed a light above the dryer, an outlet for my chest freezer, and a ceiling fan in the basement.

Installed ceiling fan in the garage to help with floor moisture due to no pad under cement.
My next goal is to continue progress with our garage. I have a work bench in the back corner which I want to add power to. Now, I could easily take power from the existing line which is on a 20 amp circuit or I could wait and take it from the sub panel I'm going to install. My buddy and I plan to install the sub panel in the garage using the wire that once gave power to the outside hot tub. Now that the hot tub is gone we can use that wire for the sub panel. My thought is that I'll use power from the sub panel to put a light and outlets over by my work bench.

Installed fan in the basement as well as we slowly try to finish it off.
The main reason for installing this sub panel is to put a 30amp outlet on the outside of my garage to run our camper. I thought it would be nice to have our own personal camper hookup and with the excess line I might as well do it, right? The other thought with the sub panel is that I may eventually want power above the garage. Right now, we have cold storage up there but eventually we may want to finish that off as a room and make it part of the house. If we do this, it will be extremely easy to run power as the sub panel would be just below. It beats having to run romex through the house and down to the basement!

Installed new spin wheel on front of mower deck.
Another project I had to complete this week was putting a new spin wheel on the front of my mower deck. I purchased the wheel when I noticed there just simply wasn't one there. I knew it needed one or else I could run into a situation where the mower deck could bottom out. Usually this will happen if you hit any type of uneven ground with your mower. I found a parts diagram of the tractor and ordered the part. When I first put it on, it didn't really fit very well. I ended up taking it off on Wednesday night and grinding both ends down with my grinder which made it work much better. I put the wheel back on it worked great!

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's a beautiful day in the neighborhood..

When we decided to buy our house and move into a neighborhood it was for one reason and one reason only.. to meet people! I can't tell you how great things have been since the move. We should have done this ten years ago! Now that we're gone from the hole we're able to enjoy life a little more freely which is how it should have always been. The hole was good for the six years we were there but honestly it was just time. You can only live in a basement apartment for so long. We may not have been paying to live there but we were paying for it, trust me. To live secluded from the rest of the world and at the same place where we both worked was just too much, especially with a child.

So, what did moving do? First of all, it introduced us to reality. We have friends (yes, something we didn't have before). I haven't had a friend around this area since I was in college. Now we have neighbors, friends, people we spend time with. Something most people take for granted, yes we're just figuring this whole thing out. Second, we have a beautiful home with a mans garage! Two car, tractor, tools, work bench **Grunt Grunt Grunt**. There's nothing better than driving to and from your job. There's nothing better than mowing your own lawn! You're probably like, yeah what the hell is this short kid smoking. I assure you it's nothing but when you don't have these luxurious and then you realize just how valuable they are it's a pretty amazing feeling. Third, I have so much more passion for my job. When I was living and working my job I burnt out so quickly. I couldn't leave work (literally) and I just hated life for a while. I was depressed, I was angry, and I didn't have any passion. The passion I had seven years ago when I started was gone. After so many years of living and working I needed that change and it was either I left, Erin left, or we both left. Instead, we didn't have to leave. We got the best of both worlds. Erin got a new job which enabled us to move! Now, I can still do the job I love without getting burnt out from living it 24 hours a day.

It may sound crazy but until you've lived the last seven years of my life you just won't get it. To be able to step outside in my own driveway and walk to my own mailbox to pick up the newspaper while my daughter drives beside me on her little power wheels 4-wheeler, that's a feeling I cannot explain. It's pure joy. All it took was a change of scenery. All that said, without those seven years I wouldn't be where I am today. Between Erin and I living and working at our job we were able to save the money to buy our beautiful home. For that, I'm grateful. For everything else, I'm so glad it's over!
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