Sunday, November 1, 2015

I can but should I? - Working on a Two Story Home

As you all know, I have a Venice.  (Love it!) 

It's much taller than my old house which looks like this:

Why do I show you this?

Because I use to do ALL the work on this place. (Then my husband came along and did some too)

At any rate, it gave me the mentality that I really can do all the house repair and anything I want to.

But should I?

Forward several years and some time in my New Home....

I can easily do things like painting the multiple bedrooms and getting in the attic (by the inside access instead of climbing on the roof)

Here's a photo of my girl's bedroom. :) Love it!  (By the way, Walmart sells this Glitter Gloss that is 100% worth the costs. It makes the room glow in sunlight)

We do more "repair" type things with this new home than the old home and ladders are a MUST.

With the high ceilings, even light changes need a little extra boost.

I found myself in contemplation when presented with the challenge that the upstairs dryer vent needs changed every couple months.

This requires a very LONG ladder and a lint grabber on a long stick.

It's the only problem I have with the upstairs laundry room, but it's a pretty big one.

If I twist the wrong way I plummet.  Even just climbing a ladder sometimes leaves me in weird positions while trying to get the lint out of the extra long dryer hose that is trapped between the walls of bedroom 4 and the laundry room (for some of you it's a closet).

This inevitably leaves me in need of my Wexford Chiropractor friend and a pack of ice.

As much as I love climbing ladders and fixing my own things.  The inside of a huge house is big and challenging enough.

There are so many things I still want to do so I feel that risking my back and my ankles and challenging my big ole' butt on and extension ladder is likely not the best idea.

It's time to do one of two things:

1. Build a deck so I can get to the vent without plummeting two stories (it will be just one)
2. Hire someone to do the work for me.

I think I'm going with #2.  For goodness sake, I pay the neighbor boy to come and pick up dog poop.  I certainly can hire someone to climb a ladder and get rid of lint for me.

What would you all do?

Do any of you face the crazy high upstairs laundry vent issue?

How do you handle it?