It’s been slightly over 2 years since we moved into our place in HH and coming to 4 years since we signed our S&P. Time really flies! Especially so when there’s a big house to maintain on your own.
It’s kinda of funny that we actually manage our home without hired help. Considering that neither of us did much housework when we were living at our parents’ place previously. The trick, we’ve realized, is to put everything back exactly where we found it after we are done. I suppose this is pretty easy advice to follow since we don’t have kids. Lol.
Anyway, I’m writing this post because other than the mundane, there have been some more interesting things that’s happened which actually warrants a post.
So, the other day, big storm took down our TV antenna, which also smashed a couple of roof tiles in the process. Boo. Considering that we hardly watch local TV, I don’t really understand why we even bothered to install the TV antenna in the first place…but, well…I guess when it came to a new house, the general consensus was to install everything! :P
Yeah, so the wind blew the antenna down and we kind of left it dangling on the roof for a week or 2 before seriously looking into fixing it. In fact, we would just have left the blasted thing there for longer if not for the fear of it dragging more tiles off. It was the weekend when we finally found some time to look at it, and this being Malaysia, it’s REALLY hard to get a handyman to come by on the fly. It’s a near impossibility – the country is too big, and the people are not as
money hungry pro business as the folks in Singapore.
That being the case, we ended up fixing the roof ourselves. It’s not as hard as you’d imagine, and it was good fun. Yes, climbing 3 stories up was scary, but that’s exactly what the roofers have to do, and they weren’t born different from you and I.
The cost to us was just a tube of silicon and 3 pieces of roof tile..which is also next to nothing. :P If you EVER need to go up to your roof, be sure to do it in the early morning. If not, once the sun’s out, the roof tiles can literally cook the skin off your hands. Oh, and the corner tile shop along Nusa Bestari just after the flyover stocks the HH grey roof tiles. You need to get the right match for your tiles else they won’t fit.
Apart from replacing the tiles, we took down our antenna and decided not to install another one (we have astro anyway). From the way the antenna was secured to the roof, I am pretty sure that every house’s antenna will be blown down at some point. The equipment is just too big, and placed too precariously to be able to withstand multiple storms over a long period of time. Just disasters waiting to happen, IMHO. :P
In addition to the roof, our water tank also gave us some trouble. We got home after a long day at work (on a separate occasion) and within 30mins, we heard the pipes in our house creaking and cranking…and then wooooooossh…water gushing out from one of the pipes at the side of the house. And again, we couldn’t call anyone to come take a look because it was already past 10pm.
We ended up turning off the water mains for the night after climbing into the attic and checking there was no burst pipe. It was pretty dramatic to hear the pipes in your house creak like crazy in the middle of the night. Haha…luckily we are not superstitious people, if not I would have surely thought the house haunted. LOL!!!
Anyway, closer inspection of the water tank the next day indicated that the water float was broken. it’s kind of weird that the float would break since the house is pretty new (2 years) and neither me nor the hubs are OCD clean freaks (we bathe the average number of times as a normal person). The metal part connecting the float to the chain had just rusted off – maybe the water in JB is super acidic or something. The repair was really simple; just change the float! The float cost only rm3 and changing the float took less than 10mins!
Apart from these 2 instances, we’ve had to DIY our house a fair bit. Some of our friends thought we were crazy to try repair the house ourselves…but personally, I think most landed home owners do quite a bit of DIY themselves. And you probably should expect to have to get your hands dirty at some point if you want to live in a big space.
Our next project is to re-waterproof our RC roof. The flat top design of the roof is not great as it collects leaves and other organic debris which clogs up the pipe and prevents the outflow of water, which in turn affects the waterproofing. Wow..I think I sound like I’m a contractor after rereading what I just typed. Haha.
More home improvement projects to come! :)