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We redid our kitchen, the whole, thing last summer. Already the hood over the cooktop went out. FYI, it’s a Kitchen Aid and it cost big bucks. It was on warranty so we got it replaced for free. ┬áThe repairman showed us the internal fan was made of plastic and didn’t hold up. The replacement cooktop also has a replacement fan of plastic. Are you kidding me? The repairman said the new one will go out too.

Over the weekend our kitchen sink faucet was leaking and there was water by the ton under the sink. We went all weekend unable to use the sink or the dishwasher. The plumber came on Monday. He showed us the nozzle of the faucet was loose and we could have screwed it tight in two seconds. That was the whole deal,me being a moron when it comes to fixing things. The repairman cost me $120 to find that out.

Easy come easy go.

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  1. James Righthand

    Can’t win em all.

    My MacBook is the last one made of all metal components, and (knock on wood) it’s still going strong. My wife’s is one of those new models, plasticky and light as a feather, and it’s been at the Genius Bar more often than I care to recall. My 1989 Toyota Van runs like a champ.

    Sometimes it’s better not to throw the old for the new.

    Hey what do you think about Vernon Davis? Should he be permitted to throw the old out for the new? Your boy thinks he’s indispensable, that the Niners won’t win more than 6-8 games without him, and that he has the leverage; furthermore, he’s stated that Vernon deserves more money, even though he’s already paid as the #3 TE in the league, right where his performance puts him.

    Do you have an opinion?

    June 17th, 2014 11:56 pm

  2. Brett

    Grab a wrench and just dig in Lowell. You will figure it out eventually.

    June 18th, 2014 7:57 am

  3. Brett

    Then again…you may cause it to become FUBAR. No matter…it will still only cost you 120 to get it back in working order.

    June 18th, 2014 7:59 am

  4. CohnZohn

    James, I’m planning to write a column on Vernon Davis today.

    June 18th, 2014 8:28 am

  5. Dennis

    It is probably a lesson that might have been better learned earlier in life. You would have had more time to recover your $120 investment.

    The older we get the more we get into the “mind is willing but the body is weak” territory. My wife won’t let me fix half the stuff I used to because I am more apt to spend a lot more money and time in physical therapy trying to fix it. And yes you can end up in physical therapy fixing a leak.

    So if it is any comfort my wife thinks the $120 was money well spent.

    June 18th, 2014 9:07 am

  6. Streetglide

    The plumbing should have been rock solid a year out. Call your contractor and tell him he did a crap job with cheap materials and you want you 120 bucks back.

    Then see if there is a trade school or JC that has home care courses and take a few. A man should be able to keep his house in order. Plus it’s a good excuse to hang out at used tool stores, some of the coolest places on the planet.

    Vernon is on his way out to a bad AFC team. He’s too bald for the Niners anyway…

    June 18th, 2014 9:17 am

  7. Steve the cat rescuer

    Lowell,

    I offer a friendly suggestion, to wit, get a copy of Reader’s Digest Fix-It-Yourself Manual, along with some basic tools: a pair of pliers, vise grip pliers, an adjustable wrench, a crescent wrench, Phillips head and slot head screwdrivers, a claw hammer and maybe a ratchet and socket set. This should serve you well for basic repairs. For plumbing problems you may also need a hex head wrench set. All this will cost you less than $50. If you run into difficulty, consult YouTube; you can find very detailed videos about repairing almost anything there. Then come back in one year and we’ll see about reissuing your man card.

    I will grant you this: most modern day goods are made of cheap crap and cost a lot.

    June 18th, 2014 12:03 pm

  8. chris

    hey you may fell like a moron but your learning the basic handyman stuff……..and no need to take home care courses, you can find solutions to almost any home problem on the internet. There’s tons of forums where people tell their experiences and how to fix minor things like your faucet. Also you had mentioned the annoying robo calls. If you have Uverse voice all you have to do is go to the ATT website, log in with your password and go to home phone and manage features…..there’s call blocking for up to 20 numbers and it works great for reducing the robo calls.

    June 18th, 2014 12:18 pm

  9. CohnZohn

    Steve, I would like a man card.

    June 18th, 2014 12:19 pm

  10. Frank in Minnesota

    …I am glad there is somebody out there like me! Actually, we are not alone….I think…..

    June 18th, 2014 3:45 pm

  11. B-Rad

    Don’t feel bad, a water leak can cause ten’s of thousands of dollars in damage
    if left unattended long enough. You prevented that.

    Look, so what if you can’t do plumbing? You probably couldn’t retrofit a
    nuclear reactor either but neither could I, or rather I wouldn’t get
    close enough to do it, but same difference.

    If memory serves, this is the same crummy Kitchen Aid hood that you were
    successful in changing the light bulb that burned out a week after you got it.
    CONGRATULATIONS ON THAT!!!

    Well, to be completely accurate, congratulations to you, Mrs. Zohn and
    Grant, a great 3 person light bulb changing team! Credit to you, though, for
    knowing your limits.

    Each of us have things that we can do and each of us have things
    that we can’t do. No need to be embarrassed, I’m sure Mrs. Zohn
    still has a lot of respect for you.

    Still, a 5th grader would know enough to tighten a damned
    scr………………….well, never mind.

    June 18th, 2014 4:17 pm

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