No easy home projects
Dec 23, 2021
I'm a homeowner, and I occasionally have to attempt to fix things. I'll look up a tutorial or watch a video about how to do what I'm trying to do, and it's always some guy wearing gloves (always), using his pristine and extensive tool collection to calmly work in a well-lit, comfortable environment where he has exactly the right tool for every single task, and everything works on the first try. Everything takes 5-10 minutes, there's no blood involved, and no one cries.
This has never once been my experience.
The standard instructional video starts with "Step 1 - remove the old stuff by simply unscrewing it", and that takes me an entire weekend and seven trips to the hardware store before I finally give up and just Dremel it to death. #lifestyle
- I own close to a million tools, and I'm always missing the exact right one. I just had to buy extra-long Torx bits from the hardware store last weekend, because of course I did.
- I'm always hunched over a project, or wedged beneath it. There's literally no other way to replace a bathroom faucet unless you remove the floor.
- My lights are never bright enough, or they never shine far enough, or my big dumb head produces too big of a shadow.
- My gloves rip the second they come in contact with anything metal, plastic, or wood.
- My hands and/or body are always covered in blood. I just received a puncture wound IN THE TOP OF MY HEAD from a fucking nail in the fucking roof of the fucking attic.
- Every screw is stuck with rust, every removable thing is jammed or broken, and everything eventually requires me to destroy it to proceed.
- Every piece, part, and product I deal with is non-standard, e.g. extra-long supply lines, extra-wide drain attachments, extra-high voltage wires, etc.