This weekend tested my mechanical and general contracting skills, let alone stretched and worked muscles that I had forgotten I possessed. My mother and grandmother recently bought a house in the next town over. It has great bones but needs a few things to bring it into the 21st century. This weekend I took out some baseboard heating in order to install a door directly from the garage into the main house. Thanks to the invention of something called a Shark-Bite fitting, the average, everyday homeowner can get themselves into or out of some serious plumbing issues without the use of a torch and solder. I was able to remove the base board and close the heating loop, and put water back through the system. Unfortunately the spray of water from a pinhole leak stopped that project in it its tracks. Thankfully this particular baseboard is on its own zone and in an extra room so it wasn't any big problem to leave the whole zone shut down until I can get back over there with another fitting.
I am lucky to have several generations of experienced contractors in my family, not the least of which is my father. His knowledge base is extensive and I will often pick his brain for little things like, well anything wrong with the house or any huge project which I have decided I can tackle without the help of a professional and then realize I shouldn't have. He is also great in assuring me that there are many things that I am perfectly capable of handling/fixing/repairing even though they scare me. He introduced me to the Shark-Bite fitting and with them I was able to replace and repair several corroded copper pipes in my basement on the first try with no leaks. Had that repair not worked there wouldn't have been any water at all in the house.
A contractor has, however, been enlisted to install the new garage door since I have never attempted nor will I ever attempt to work with that huge spring which is under an enormous amount of pressure. Electrical work which involves working in the circuit panel itself is also something that I will not attempt unless I receive additional instruction. The very simple reason - electricity bites.
Building projects around the farm have become old hat now. I over-build just about everything and rarely I actually manage to get a completely level, square corner, but the projects are functional and almost always weather tight. The roof is finally getting put on the rabbit shed. I did not install the rafters and I am working with a lot of salvaged wood but it will be weather tight and will keep both the rabbits and the pig out of the weather this winter. Next weekend we will finish sheathing the roof and square it up so it will be ready for metal roofing. The forecast, budget and whether or not Little man's father gets his deer will determine whether the tar paper and metal roof will go on during the following week or wait until Thanksgiving weekend.
I might actually get my garage back before snow flies!