June 21, 2011

My List of DIY Skills Expands. To Six.

Delta Faucet Company paid for my airfare and travel expenses for two days in Indianapolis last week to participate in a blogger event. Delta did not require posts or content about their products. The opinions in this article are my own, and are only slightly influenced by Delta's smart and interesting staff, the free loofah and slippers, and the delicious food they served us. Delta, can I have that spinach/pea risotto recipe? Also? I swear in this post, so there's that.

My home renovation DIY skill set just grew from five:
1. Scrape/sand/prime surfaces 2. Demolition 3. Garden the *shit* out of stuff 4. Paint surfaces, and 5. Decorate interiors.
to six:
1. Scrape/sand/prime 2. Demo 3. Garden 4. Paint surfaces 5. Decorate, and 6. INSTALL PLUMBING FIXTURES. Speaking of counting, did you know Sesame Street's Count himself sings this song? 

So, what's the big deal, moving from five to six skills? It's this: Mr. Man is the silent partner here online, but frequent readers know he's in charge of the may-jah stuff. Who designed and installed our kitchen? Mr. Man. Who is working through our master bath venting/plumbing/electric, etc? Mr. Man.

I'm not belittling my contributions, I'm just saying there is a clear division of labor. But then I visited Delta and actually installed one of these in less than 15 minutes without the help of anyone but two other lovely ladies:
I rolled my eyes when they asked us to divide into groups because we were going to install faucets. I made peace with the fact that my only contributions would be to read the directions and provide witty commentary. I want to tell you something: if I can do it? You. Can. Do. It.

I came home inspired to not be fearful of power equipment, and (with the exception of things that require electric or plumbing permits) to just try it. Just try it. Because I might be surprised. So you? You try it too. But DON'T do the other thing I did while at Delta Faucet: have a scandalous affair with one of these:
Handsome devil. We'll always have Indy.


  1. The loofah is fab, isn't it? It was wonderful to meet you in person!

  2. Lucky you! Sounds like Delta treated you well. I've always let the hubby handle the plumbing but really, what's the worst that can happen? Next time we have a leaky faucet, you've inspired me to try and fix it on my own :)

  3. You can put those mad plumbing skills to work in our bathroom remodel!

  4. AnonymousJune 21, 2011

    ok. spill the beans. what does one have to do to get free shit through one's blog? after what i went through with the furry beast over the weekend, i think i deserve some loofah slippers and other free shit!

  5. Whoo hoo! A fun trip and a new skill, the only thing that would make it better is a lifetime supply of chocolate! And wine!

  6. I just switched the hoses on my washing machine. Major stuff.

  7. Too bad I wasn't with you!

    Oh wait, I was!! :)

    Yes, I can attest she did indeed install not one but two Delta Faucet faucets as did I!


    PS. Thanks for the trivia about ice cream! :)

  8. AnonymousJune 22, 2011

    Sweetie, Hot spit! (sniffle, sniff) You make your mom sooo proud. Good for you!

    Love, mom


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