Some Things Are Hard To Practice

One of the best things about computer programming is that as soon as you learn a new skill you can start practicing it. All you need is a computer and a spare weekend or two.

Plumbing, on the other hand, requires an actual problem to solve. You can’t practice fixing pipes if there aren’t any broken pipes to fix. To a wannabe handyman a house full of functional appliances is actually almost frustrating.

Which explains why I was bizarrely happy to hear the telltale dripping of a leaky faucet. Finally, a chance to develop some practical maintenance skills! And overall it went pretty well considering that the leak is gone and I still have all my fingers.

Now I’m back to waiting, patiently hoping for a new fixture to spring a leak so I can pull out my wrenches and reference manuals and come one project closer to mastering the challenges of maintaining a modern home.