I can only assume that we are not the only ones who are really, really happy it is Friday (with either a long weekend or a Monday work/Tuesday off week ahead)! While I’m certain we will do something fun at some point, we view the long holiday weekend as a time to crank out some work. This Friday, we do have a couple of favorite items along with a couple of not-so-favorite things.
Trent convinced me about 3 years ago that we needed this saw. It was so expensive that I just couldn’t go for it. He came back a couple weeks later with a plan. Some points from a credit card, a couple of Lowe’s gift cards and a rebate from Lowe’s made the thing very affordable. In hindsight, it was probably worth every penny of the original price…but I’m still glad we found a way to save a significant portion of it.
When I posted a tile tutorial last week, I mentioned that we had tried a few gimmicky items when cleaning grout haze. This Haze b Gone glove was so bad I had no choice but to laugh. I gave it a true effort and followed the bizarre directions perfectly. Save your $9! Just use clean water and a sponge when wiping away grout haze.
We recently hired a professional to come in and help us out on one of our projects (yes, I’m being intentionally cryptic). Unfortunately, the professional was unable to get the job fully completed and told us he was bringing in another expert. We learned a valuable lesson! We never met with the new expert and were not aware they would be left on their own in our home until it was too late. Paint splatter all over our brand new floors throughout our entire living room. Seriously an 8′ x 8′ area in the middle of the living room. If you have a wonderful answer on how to remove this without harming the new wood floors and finish, PLEASE comment! If you are hiring a contractor/professional to come into your home, check them out thoroughly! Get lots of references (not just photos of completed projects). And when you find someone awesome, offer your own reference to his/her future clients.
This next “favorite” is a bit of a pretzel, so hang with me. We purchased our furnace and a/c units about a week after we bought the home (they were a good price and what we wanted)…long before we actually needed them! When we were ready to install (a year later), we were in the middle of plumbing and electrical so we decided to hire someone to run the duct work and actually install the units. After many calls, we found someone and met with him. We actually met with both he and his wife. They were wonderful and we knew immediately we would be hiring them. This was a person that Trent and I knew that we could trust in our home without a single doubt. We were right! Wade and Rachel Plank did an amazing job! Naturally, with the warmer temps we are pretty happy about having working air conditioning. But, a few weeks ago we had a card and hosta plant sitting on our porch. The card was from Wade and Rachel and it explained that the hosta came from their Buchanan property and the home originally belonged to an engineer from Clark Equipment. It was so kind and so thoughtful – plus, who doesn’t want a plant with a story.
Have a wonderful weekend and thank you for following along!!