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Translating Contractor to English
"It's very awkward when it sticks like that!"
Tags:trap, traps, trap door, trap doors, trapdoor, trapdoors, stick, sticks, sticking, clamp, clamps, clamp down, clamps down, clamping down, kill, kills, killing, killer, killers, haunted house, haunted houses, serial killers, spike, spikes, iron maiden, iron maidens, home repair, home repairs, stick, sticks, sticking, sticking door, sticking doors, nuisance, nuisances, mistime, mistimes, mistimed, time, timing
The Emersons at Home
Tags:emerson, ralph waldo emerson, human soul, one thing in the world of value, value, valuation, valuation, valuations, active soul, active souls, poet, poets, practical, practical concern, practical concerns, impractical, practicality, home repair, home repairs, diy, do it yourself, head in the clouds, space cadet, excuse, excuses, manual labor, manual labour, husband, husbands, division of labor, division of labour, household, households, writer, writers, author, authors
"Well, we found out what's been clogging up your drains!"
Tags:drain, drains, clog, clogs, clogging, monster, monsters, tentacle, tentacles, plumber, plumbers, plumbing problem, plumbing problems, clogged, clogged drain, clogged drains, bathroom, bathrooms, home repair, home repairs, home maintenance, basement, basements, kraken, giant squid, giant squids, squid, squids, octopus, octopuses, giant octopus, giant octopuses
New Coat of Paint at the Sistine Condos
Tags:condo, condos, condominium, condominiums, sistine chapel, painting, paintings, paint, paints, michelangelo, apartment, apartments, flat, flats, paint the ceiling, painting the ceiling, housework, chore, chores, ceiling, ceilings, home repair, home repairs, fine art, fine arts, renaissance, italian renaissance
"My goodness! It's a check from George Bush for a hundred and fifty thousand dollars to fix the screen door."
Tags:hurricane, hurricanes, hurricane katrina, katrina victim, katrina victims, george bush, george w. bush, president bush, fund, funds, funding, stimulus, stimulus check, stimulus checks, screen door, screen doors, home repair, home repairs, restitution, damage, damaged home, damaged homes, donate, donates, donating, donation, donations, fundraising, fundraiser, fundraisers, disaster, disaster relief, relief program, relief programs
'Bill, in the country it's a CELLAR not a BASEMENT! I won't come down 'til you use the proper term.'
"Watch out for the fourth step."
'Fred's not sure who to call first: 911 or the plumber he should have called in the first place.'
"Just clean out the gutters, Tony, and point the chimney."
Tags:barber, barbers, barbershop, barbershops, haircut, haircuts, hair cut, hair cuts, hairstyle, hairstylist, hairstylists, hair, hairdresser, hairdressers, gutter, gutters, maintenance, house maintenance, chimney, chimneys, handwork, handyman, handymen, absurd, mason, masons, masonry, home repair, home repairs
"It's a major fixer-upper. How's your marriage?"
Tags:fixer-upper, fixer-uppers, diy, do-it-yourself, strain, strains, repair, repairs, home repair, home repairs, test of marriage, marital test, marital tests, stressor, stressors, stress, stresses, couples therapist, couples therapists, couples therapy, real estate, real estate agent, real estate agents, estate agent, estate agents, apartment hunt, apartment hunts, home, home buyer, home buyers, new home, strong marriage, good marriage
"Well, you with your going on about the importance of insulation!"
"No, this is not the plumber. This is his chauffeur."
"We have to stick around - the fire guy's coming between twelve and two."
Tags:repairman, repairmen, wait, waits, waiting, nuisance, nuisances, plumber, plumbers, repair, home repair, home repairs, inconvenient, inconvenience, arrival time, arrival times, waste of time, wastes of time, wasting time, time window, time windows, fire, invention of fire, caveman, cavemen, neanderthal, neanderthals, cable guy
"No, I'm not Swiss. Just a bad accident."
Tags:cheese, cheeses, swiss, swiss cheese, swiss cheeses, hole, holes, cheddar, cheddar cheese, cheddar cheeses, accident, accidents, bad accident, bad accidents, drill, drills, drilling, home repair, home repairs, do it yourself, repair, repairs, repairing, assumption, assumptions, assume, assumes, first glance, first glances, disabled
A repairman has a small box marked 'Useful Screws' next to a huge box of 'Useless Screws.'
Introducing...The Creeping Draft
Tags:draft, drafts, drafty home, drafty homes, cold, freeze, freezes, freezing, cold weather, shiver, shivers, shivering, unexpected, unpleasant, unpleasant surprise, unpleasant surprises, surprise, surprises, surprising, chill, chills, chilly, sweater weather, fall, winter, winters, gust, gusts, subtle, subtlety, building, old building, old buildings, construction, constructions, old house, old houses, home repair, home repairs
"Lady, what's going on down there is an affront to the very idea of boilers."
Tags:boiler, boilers, hot water, water heater, water heaters, repairman, repairmen, repair man, repair men, home repair, home repairs, home maintenance, home care, home cares, heat, heats, heating, heater, heaters, super, superintendent, superintendents, bodge, bodges, bodge job, bodge jobs, complicate, complicated, overcomplicate, overcomplicates, overcomplicating, overcomplicated
'Rick, I think something is wrong with the septic system. The toilet is flushing kind of slowly.'
'Letting him buy the stupid guns was the only way I'd ever get him to paint the house.'
"You've got a real fungus problem. You'll have to move out until it's taken care of."
Tags:old lady, who lived in a shoe, living in a shoe, lives in a shoe, lived in a shoe, foot fungus, foot fungi, foot infection, foot infections, fungal infection, fungal infections, athlete's foot, athletes foot, trichophyton rubrum, fungus problem, fungus problems, move, moving house, moving, moves, home repair, home repairs, home maintenance
'Darn power walkers went right through the house.'
"I aways thought it would be stylish to live in a house with high ceilings."
Tags:high ceiling, high ceilings, luxury, luxuries, luxurious, luxuriousness, home maintenance, home repair, home repairs, do it yourself, doing it yourself, stylish, stylishness, home repair expense, home repair expenses, deferred maintenance, deferred repair, deferred repairs, procrastinate, procrastinating, procrastination, crack in the wall, cracks in the wall, difficulty, difficulties, unforeseen consequence, unforeseen consequences, home owner, home owners, home ownership
From time to time, Carl struggled with plumber's block.
Tags:plumber, plumbers, plumbing, bath, bathroom, tool, tools, home repair, home improvement, home improvements, home repairs, plumbing disaster, plumbing disasters, mental block, mental blocks, inspirations, inspiration, muse, muses, remodel, remodeling, diy, do-it-yourself, fix-it, roadblock, struggle, struggling, obstacles, writer's block