FM Frequency: Facility Assessments and Project/Budget Planning
- A rotten sill on an external storage room door needs to be replaced. The drainage problem that caused this was corrected, so this is mainly a cosmetic repair.
- I think one of the attic ventilation louvers is loose and needs to be secured. This would be a simple job if it weren’t 20′ above sloped ground and if I didn’t hate ladders!
- A hand rail on the deck is a little loose. Some simple bracing between the support joists should tighten things up.
- The kids’ rooms need to be painted. I would rather walk barefoot on hot coals than paint!
- A minor leak in a bathroom shower required some drywall and molding removal. The shower was regrouted and the leak is gone but the trim needs to be replaced.
- I need to disconnect and remove the humidifiers attached to the air handlers. These would have been a good idea if we lived north of Virginia, but in the Carolinas, a humidifier is like your appendix; you really don’t need it, but it can certainly create one heck of a mess.
- The ductwork in the attic is improperly balanced. The system works and passed the home inspection, so it’s probably code compliant. I can manually balance the air distribution at the diffusers but, sheesh, a mechanical engineer ought to be picky about his air conditioning. I guess other duct improvements can wait until the systems live out their useful life.
- I’m not sure about the thermostat settings on the attic ventilators. Of course, they are installed where even a guy who loves ladders would have a hard time reaching them. I much prefer natural draft ridge vents along the top of the roof. I guess this can be changed in a few years when it’s time to replace the asphalt shingles.
- There are a few lights that still need their conventional bulbs replaced with compact fluorescent lamps (CFL). I read that CFLs shouldn’t be installed in fixtures with dimmers, so I’m changing those from 75 to 45 watt bulbs to conserve energy.
- I still need to figure out what is connected to that mysterious switch in the laundry room!
- For some reason, there is no hose bib at the front of the house near the driveway. While this would qualify as a great excuse to not wash the car, my wife insists on watering flowers. I need to run a cold water line through the crawl space and install a freeze resistant hose bib; then I’ll consider washing the car.
- The kitchen and laundry room sink faucetsneed to be replaced.
- A few of the outdoor, motion activated flood lights don’t work consistently and need to be replaced. I’m not sure why this happens, but I’m glad my dog’s bark resembles a breed three times his size.
- As I mentioned earlier, the yard is in less than ideal condition. The prior owner wasn’t a yard person, so there is much to be done. Our neighbors probably wish this was making more rapid progress, but I intentionally decided to postpone an aggressive landscaping effort until year two because of other priorities. We’ve already done a lot of trimming, and the turf will get more serious attention this fall.
- After mowing the weeds (I mean my lawn) yesterday with my old mower and a heat index well above 100 degrees, I’m going to suggest we consider outsourcing the yard chores. I’ve been cutting grass since I was 12 years old, and in about four more years my boys—little do they know—will begin their landscaping entrepreneur training and take over for their old man.
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