It started out so simple. Whether you’re handy, cheap, or a dare devil, you may have tried your hand at home repair at some point. But can you make the repair even worse?
Everyone has hair in the shower drain. Well, maybe not bald people. Anyway, I decided not to ask my husband to clean it out, as I normally do. You see, I’m handy. Okay, not really, but I’m crafty. Are they really that different? I can make all kinds of stuff. Pinterest is my friend. So, once again, I ask you: why would a task as simple as cleaning the hair out of my shower drain be an issue in my capable hands?
It started out so simple. I thought I could just lift the drain cover off. But that sucker would not budge. So, I got something to help pry it off. A screwdriver.
Oh, I forgot to include that patience is a virtue that I work on constantly. When that drain cover didn’t just pop off, I took it a little personally. So I pushed. And dug. And pushed. All I had was a bent drain cover.
So I did the next best thing: I called my husband to rant. Why was this so difficult? Why wasn’t he home yet? I hated our apartment! His calm response: you have to turn the drain cover to remove it, not pull it off.
I felt like I set the accomplishments of women back 300 years. Please forgive me Marie Curie, Toni Morrison, Eleanor Roosevelt, Madame CJ Walker, and Ellen Ochoa. I shall never be counted among thee! I just had a major freakout and the solution was simple. And what did I have to show for my 30 minutes of effort? I had not only bent the drain cover but I also scraped off the glaze around the drain thanks to my handy screwdriver.
The lesson? Impatience and home repair are enemies! In addition, ask questions. There is nothing wrong with asking someone more experienced to help with a simple job. And, finally, don’t force it. You may find your simple home repair becoming a bigger and more expensive job for a professional.