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WHEN WORK BECOMES ART

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WHEN WORK BECOMES ART

I accompanied my husband to a job on Saturday,  mostly so he could have the  company but also to help him with the fetching.  The first item on the day’s agenda was to remove an old water heater and replace it with a new one. Now don’t think I’m biased just because he is my husband, but his work is like a piece of art.  Who would have thought that copper pipe coming off a water heater, could look so beautiful.  He makes sweating a joint look easy. He can sweat an upside down joint and it looks the same as one that is right side up – the solder isn’t all bunched up, dripping or on one side only.  He really does a very neat job.

Next was the leaking toilet.  It was just one of the bolts that was loose and that’s where the water was coming from.  The toilet is about 20 years old and he could have just tightened the bolt and been done with it, but instead, he rebuilt the insides completely.  No more leak and the toilet flushes like a new toilet.

Finally, he installed 3 GFIC outlets one in the kitchen, and one in each bathroom.  This should have been the easiest of the three jobs, but it wasn’t. Replacing the electrical outlets for the bathrooms proved much harder than anticipated because of the size of the wire and the size of the new GFIC outlets. The outlets that he removed were smaller in size as were the receptacles they sat in.  The GFIC  outlets were larger and once he got the wire on them it was difficult to squeeze everything into the electrical boxes in the wall.  He also found out that one of the circuits has a bad ground. So, that is something that will have to be referred out to an electrician.

All in all we were there from 8:00 am until about 2:30, and got to spend time together, albeit working!

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About Mme Jocelyne

Hi, I'm a transplanted northerner–(born and raised in New York to French immigrants–Oui je parle Francais)-living in Florida for 20 years. In the 70's I worked as a realtor in the Bronx – City Island to be exact. Then I started a family and didn't keep up my license. I aspired to a career in architecture, so I went to New York Institute of Technology for three years, moved to Florida and finished my degree at the University of Florida in Gainesville. After 10 years of working in my dream career I sustained an injury to my shoulder. This injury never healed because I was constantly on the computer doing cad design. I finally decided to make a career change – something where I could use my training as an architect. Needless to say, I was worried – where will the money come from? How will I be able to afford my career change? But, I put my faith in God and went for it. It’s the best move I ever made, other than my husband, children and dogs.

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