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Tuesday, 23 July 2013

It's the little things

We lived in our last house for exactly 8 years.  When we bought the house it was over 25 years old, so alot of little things had been added to it, that we didn't think about or have to buy (of course we had to spend our money on other things.) And over time we added little things that made our life easier as they the need arised.

This house is about 9 years old.  I think we are the third owners of it, and yet there are alot of little things that are missing, that I came to believe were standard in every house.  Well, they have been standard in all of other previous 4 houses that we have owned.

So, what am I talking about?

Well, for one hooks in the closet.  Now I'm not talking about big decorative hooks that used in my mudroom, to hang your coats and such, I'm talking about cup hooks. You know, the kind that you  use to hang up extra keys, lint brush or small umbrella.

Like these...

I picked up a couple of packs of these at the dollar store and just screwed them right into the wood shelf supports in closet by the front door. I have them on either side of the shelf and they are perfect for hanging little things that you need frequent access to and don't want to go digging through baskets for.

The other thing, that I had forgotten we had replaced in each one of our houses was the thermostat.

I have become so accustomed to a digital programmable thermostat, that I sent hubby out to pick one up within days of moving in.

This what we had in the house on moving day...

I could never get the temperature right.  Was it 19 or 22? And for about $20

It was really easy to install, and now I can program the temperature as we need it and save energy.
As an example, in the winter time, I usually set the temperature about 1 or 2 degrees lower than throughout the day.  We're sleeping, so we don't notice the difference, but it's saving us money while we sleep.

The other thing that was driving me crazy, was the garage door!

It was making this awful sound of metal-rubbing-on-metal, that was driving me absolutely batty.  I was avoiding opening and closing the garage door!

We called Paul (the guy that we had used to repair our last garage door before we moved), to do a service call and  to make sure there was nothing wrong with it and to get rid of the noise.

Thankfully all it need was lubrication on the hinges.  He said it's a smart idea to lubricate the hinges about 2 -3 times a year.  He said you can buy a can of lubricating oil at any hardware store and just spray them into the hinges as I've shown you below.

These are the hinges that go into the track on side of doors.  Spray between the metal pieces as well as into the "tube on the sides.

These are the hinges that are in the middle of the doors. 
Spray the oil in between the metal pieces as above

One other thing, that I learned that the last time we had garage door issues is that not all hinges are made the same.  If you ever have to replace a hinge on your door, be aware that each hinge depending on where it is on the actual door has a number between 1 - 4. And each hinge moves slightly a little different. They are fairly easy to replace, as long as you have the right hinge. 
Ask me how I know this >:(

This is where you are looking for the number.

So Paul got rid of the wretched sound and now I can park my car in the garage.  

The last little thing that has made life easier was having a second car remote for the garage. The previous owners only left us one.

All I had to do was hold it up to the motor in the garage and press the learn button on the motor and badda-bing-badda-boom, it programmed itself.

If you have keypad on the outside of your garage, you can also program it this way.  Press the "learn" button on the garage door motor, wait until it blinks once, at this point you have about 30 seconds to  walk to the keypad and press the new code into keypad.

So that's some of the small changes that have made a huge difference around here.

Now, it's your turn.  

What little things did you find you needed to your "new" home when you moved it?


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