Replacing Bathroom Exhaust Fan

I am embarrassed to say that I have put off replacing our bathroom exhaust fan for almost 10 years. The previous one made loud screeching noise, but I was not confident to do it. In the past few days, it bothered me enough to look up YouTube and tried to replace it. To my amazement, replacing the fan motor took 10 minutes. All I had to do was unplugged and popped out the out motor and put the new one in. I am beating myself up for being such a sucker.

Nutone Fan Motor Assembly cost $15.

Toyota Sienna 2011: Check Engine Light

Just spent a ton of money. Here’s the breakdown:

  • Diagnosed: $105
  • Replaced thermostat: $255 (labor: $233, part: $22)
  • Performed coolant flush: $110 (labor: $73, part: $37)
  • Replaced alternator: $700 (labor: $475, part: $225)

Total cost: $1,225

This is my second time at this shop. Its price is fairly high. I don’t think I will go back to it.

The Toilet Debacle

One of our toilets clogged up for several years now. I used to have to plunge it every once in a while, then every week, then several days. So I decided to replace it once and for all.

The job was quite simple. All I had to do what place a toilet over the damn hole. Yet I took me a whole day with three tries and several trips to Home Depot and Lowe’s. The first time went almost smoothly, except the color was wrong. My wife wanted the biscuit color, not white. I didn’t care much, but I don’t want to hear her complain for many years to come.

Home Depot only stocks white so I had to go to Lowe’s to get the biscuit color. The second attempt failed because the wax was broken and the water leaked. I had to unassembled everything and tried again with a waxless seal gasket.

The third attempt was getting better but the toilet was not secured tight. I had to open it up again to tighten up the flange.

I must admit I am terrible at this. Given how much time and energy I had spent, it was worthwhile just to pay $150 for the installation. Then again, I have learned how to do it through my failures. The next time will not be as bad.

After my second failure, which I followed the instructions from the toilet’s manual, I looked up on YouTube. This clip is simple and helpful.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Kohler Highline Classic Biscuit: $285
  • Oatey PVC Flange: $12
  • Sani Seal Waxless Toilet Gasket: $12

Duct Cleaning with F.H. Furr

The last duct cleaning was done when we first moved into our house, which was 10 years ago. Today, we have another duct cleaning service by F.H. Furr. Its inspector recommended the service and we figured we might as well do it before the new baby come out.

Service cost: $455

Preferred Partner Plans with F.H. Furr

Just signed up the annual service plans with F.H. Furr.

Plans cost: $167
Scheduled 25 Point Cooling Inspections

Still need to schedule 28 Point Heating, Plumbing, and Electrical Inspections.

Toyota Sienna 2011: 120,000 Miles

I just created a category called Maintenance to keep track of all the maintenances. I keep lose track of all my receipts and I don’t remember what I have done. So this blog will keep everything in one place.

Our Toyota Sienna 2011 is reaching 120,000 miles and here are what we have done:

  • Replaced 4 Michelin Premier tires: $800
  • Replaced rear break pads: $155 ($60 part & $95 labor)
  • Tuned up: $400 ($85 Spark plugs, $15 air filter, $15 cabin air filter first time fit)

Total cost: $1355

Still need to replace shocks. These auto mechanics are milking everything they can.

Life is Full of Maintenance

I was at the dental office today to get my teeth maintenance. While the dentist worked on my nasty teeth, I realize that everything in life that you own needs a maintenance.

Your damn house needs a maintenance. If you are suck at housework like me, you will have to pay big bucks for all the maintenance. From the water pipes to the toilet, maintenance costs a fortune. Our HVAC is leaking water. There goes more maintenance.

I took our older mini-van to the dealer for an oil change on Monday, the technician recommended several maintenances that would cost almost two grants. Now I have to shop around to get lower price for a maintenance.

At work, I have to keep a maintenance of our CMS and server. Everything needs to be kept today to make sure that our sites won’t get hack. A huge chunk of my time is to maintain the content of our websites.

Relationships required maintenance as well. Our marriage will break if not well maintained. Our interactions with the people around us will lose if we do not keep in touch. Life is so full of maintenance. How do we get out of it?

I am contemplating on deactivating all my social media so that I don’t have to maintain those interactions anymore. In the near future, I will try to get rid of all the cars so that I don’t have to maintain them anymore. Once the kids all grown, I’ll buy a smaller townhouse so that I won’t need to maintaining the landscaping. The less dependent on all of these things will free me up from all the maintenance.