Hey everyone! It’s Cho, your favorite Survivor recapper on the internet! I really enjoy engaging with Tamara’s community here so I decided that in between seasons, we would try a new series featuring me and my home renovation projects! If you love Tamara’s Tomato Talks, you should feel right at home here! My partner Eric and I live in an old historic home that was newly renovated. While beautiful and full of charm, once you own a home, you realize there is always more work that can be done. Ever since I’ve known my partner, he’s always had a huge to-do-list. Only the Lady of the Manor would have a longer to-do list for her interns. If you know me at all, you know I am no fan of manual labor. I get out of bed at 10am every morning. I don’t use hammers. I wear scarves on a regular basis. Suffice to say, I haven’t had any interest in helping Eric out with his projects until now! With no experience whatsoever, I’m excited to embark on this new journey with him. From throwing together a set of stairs to building a new backyard patio, I’m sure I will learn many things along the way. Life is too short to not learn new skills.
Hopefully this series of posts will enlighten and inspire you to do work on your own home or simply enjoy reading about me struggling with a set of pliers. Regardless, I’d love to hear your feedback in the comment section. Over time, you’ll get to know our house better and the goals we have in mind. Do give advice on our future projects or even lessons you’ve learned from completing your own!
Because Eric has little hope in me, and rightfully so, he wanted the first project to be a “small one”. We wanted to move our thermostat from one side of the wall to another with the goal of creating a better placement for art pieces. If this is sounding like a huge first-world problem, you’re exactly on the mark. Art is very important, and the placement of such is a part of that. Placing it in line with the light switch just makes everything look a bit more uniform don’t you think? We want to hang a larger piece of art that covers most of the wall. What types of art do you have in your home? Projected time to take was 1 hour plus or minus 30 minutes. Spoiler fucking alert: it took us 3 times that amount!
We started off doing the basics like unscrewing the switch plates, finding the stud and measuring where exactly we would set the new location for the thermostat. I think I looked really good holding the power drill. I felt so butch! Have you used one before? In our home, we love to use smart devices due to the convenience they add to our life. With Nest, we can control the temperature from our mobile devices as well as monitor our home with cameras. After drilling a hole in the wall, we retrieved something called fish tape which would later be used to connect the two holes in the wall. All I could think of was my childhood of eating disgusting fish sticks. Am I the only one who has cravings for them from time to time?
After unwiring the thermostat, it was time to feed it through the new hole. We used electrical tape to connect the thermostat wires to that of the fish tape. We fed it through the basement hole by pulling up from the first floor. As I pulled, I noticed that the tape snagged onto something. Fearing that we would lose the thermostat cord if I pulled harder, I gave the cord to Eric. If he pulled too hard and lost the cord, at least he couldn’t blame me for it. Lo and behold, he pulled too hard, and the thermostat cord was ripped from the fish tape. In my head, I dodged a bullet except for the fact that it then took TWO MORE HOURS to reattach the fish tape with the thermostat cord!! My darling Eric has a lot of patience with me in particular, but to hear him cuss like a sailor for two hours straight was both hilarious and scary at the same time.
After finally getting the fish tape through to the basement, we had to once again connect it the thermostat cord and pull it back to the first floor. This time we were successful! I literally yelled with excitement when I saw the black electrical tape pop through the hole on the first floor! After struggling for 2 hours, I felt as amazing as Kathryn Calhoun should feel now.
Everything was smooth sailing after that monumental success. It was simply a matter of reconnecting everything we had undone before. Due to the sheer amount of time it took for us to simply move the thermostat 2 and a half fucking feet, we ran out of time to properly clean up the old spot. Can you tell how happy I am?! We did have a bit of time to apply some joint compound into the holes left from the old placement. That was kind of fun, because it reminds me of silly puddy!
So what was meant to be a simple project to start this series of blog posts ended up being a nightmare. Is this what owning a home is like? Have you had a similar experience with a project in your home? If you liked this post and would like to see more like these, do let me know in the comment section below!