As a father of four, sleep often eludes me. Who am I kidding? As a mother of four, my wife doesn’t get to sleep in… ever. However, this past Sunday was going to be a different story. Our kids were all up late on Saturday night, we were going to the late service at Church, and all the roosters in the neighborhood have long hidden since my great Tom Turkey Thanksgiving hunting mishap of 2002. She had her earplugs in, her dark mask on (not really, but you get the point), and she was ready for a longggg snooooooze. Needless to say, when the smoke alarm went off at 5:30 the following morning, she was not only less than happy, it led to the great Tom is a turkey hunt of 2012.
We quickly realized it was a false alarm, and we just needed to replace the battery in our smoke detector in our bedroom. As we head into Fall, there is no time like the present to check YOUR smoke detectors. While you are at it, here is a brief list of things you might want to inspect and take care of sooner rather than later:
—Replace or clean the furnace filters. While you are at it, and I am talking to the men here, did you know that your dryer has a lint filter? I know it magically gets cleaned every time your wife does the laundry, but apparently we can clean this out also (or at least my wife tells me).
—While you are cleaning filters, go ahead and clean your filter for your kitchen exhaust fans.
—Do you have a septic system? Check that sucker’s drain for flooding. Because we all know, if that floods it smells like…
—Winterize your sprinklers. To my California clients and readers, in other parts of the land there is this magical thing called Winter. It gets really cold (kind of like the evil witch’s heart) and things like pipes freeze and bust and that isn’t good.
—Lit candles aren’t just for romance and bathroom experiences anymore? No, they aren’t for breakfast either, but you can use them around doors and windows to check for drafts. Did the candle go out? Maybe it is time to do some weather stripping.
By the way, I am probably the LEAST handy guy you’ll ever meet. I am so bad that I can barely even whack the screws in with the saw. However, with a little effort (and maybe even a tiny bit of nagging), even a useless tool man like myself can do good from time to time. Look at what I did yesterday. Sure I could have paid someone a lot of money to do it, but instead I put these blinds up by myself, for FREE!!!! I know, I know… impressive!
If I can help you or anyone else you know (not with anything that requires even a bit of handiness, but with a mortgage), call me at 303-834-3875 (only licensed in CA, CO, and TX NMLS # 262409).