Posted on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 11:20 pm
Um, so that previous post? Yeah, um, it didn’t quite work out like I’d planned it.
The 2nd, 3rd and 4th items in the list worked like magic. We did indeed get the appliances ordered (they’re being delivered tomorrow), get the tile/grout sealed, and dumped off a carload of stuffs. In addition to all that, I was able to successfully hang and install a ceiling fan. I’m amazed, personally, as it’s quite possibly the first mechano-physical task I’ve ever been able to complete.
Unfortunately, I underestimated the difficulty of the first task. That is, hanging blinds.
Oh God, did I underestimate hanging blinds.
You know, one would think that sticking four screws into a wall wouldn’t be all that hard. But please, let me assure you, it is. No, but seriously.
I spent approximately 4 hours (badly) attempting to get the first one hung. I tried with a power drill (it stripped the screws), I tried with a screwdriver (OMG I can’t fucking turn this thing any harder), I tried drilling a leader hole first (seemed like it worked for a bit, but still resulted in the same endpoint… failure). I gave up. Let it be known that blinds and me don’t mix. I think it’s the tight corners and no room to maneuver the fucking [screwdriver | drill | magic voodoo blind installer].
Long story short, after the aforementioned 4 hours attempting to get the first one hung, I decided that $118ish ($4.30 times exactly 26 linear feet of blinds) was absolutely worth it to have Lowes’ installer guy do it for me. I’m done. I have been officially pwn3d by my blinds. I am not ashamed to admit this. I gave it my all, and I failed miserably. There comes a point when you simply must defer to the experts. That’s what I’m doing.
Like I said… I did hang a ceiling fan. So that’s a step, right? Sweet mother of God, if this is homeownership… just kill me now.
By the way, the connector plug between the fan base and the light fixture underneath looks suspiciously like a motherboard power connector. That made things a lot easier. I can deal with that. Because seriously, if it plugs into a motherboard, I can make it my bitch.
Also, the screw holes were already done for me because the home came with standard-issue light fixtures. Take those off, insert ceiling fan in place, rinse, repeat.
Home ownership… um… not all it’s cracked up to be, as it were. I’m sure I’ll change my story in a few weeks when everything is done and we’re living nicely and comfortably in my new house… but for now… God I wish Management would take care of this shit.