The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


January 3, 2014

LEVINE: Looking forward to '14


Your welcome in advance, son.

Sharing the home repair: I’m awful at handyman work.

I tried to replace a faucet a few weeks ago and by the end of my six hours of work, I broke several parts of the faucet and still hadn’t removed the original faucet.

A plumber came over the next day and removed and replaced two faucets in about an hour. There went my excuse that it was a one-in-a-million faucet that couldn’t be removed by anyone. Thanks a lot, plumber.

It still shocks my wife that my grandfather owned his own plumbing and heating business and that I don’t know anything about that sort of work. Some people know who the Heisman trophy winner was in 1993 and some people know how to rewire a home.

Who would have thought that telling people Charlie Ward won the Heisman wasn’t as valuable as knowing how to fix a toilet? At the age of 10, I could have sworn that knowing sports was as valuable as gold. How things can change.

In our household, it’s actually my wife who knows a lot more about home repair. She takes time to figure out things and while she doesn’t know how to do major repairs, she’s pretty handy when it comes to the everyday issues.

But with having to care for two children, she’s been handing over those duties to me lately, and I’ve realized how much I don’t know about home repair.

Wiring, plumbing and insulating take a sort of patience and skill that I just haven’t learned yet. So to make 2014 a year where my home stays upright, I’ve decided to share my tools and work with my wife on these repairs.

Of course that will mean that my 3-year-old daughter and 6-month-old son will have to care for themselves, but we’ll practice our best parenting skills and turn on the television to keep them busy. I hear that’s a great parenting technique.

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