Dreaded tasks

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I spent the weekend doing stuff I just really dislike. Chores that probably really need to be done and I can do so that I don’t have to pay someone else to do them, but chores that are not a pleasure to do by any means.

The washing machine (front loaders really do suck, don’t buy one even though they are being pushed like hell) hasn’t been working all that well as of late, so it was time to clean out the filter and rebalance to see if that helped. Disassembled, adjusted, cleaned, water everywhere (there’s no good way to keep that from happening), and then rebalanced (never mind the fact that the house isn’t level or square). All of that to find out that, other than cleaning out the filter) that it pretty much operates the same as before all that effort.

Cool. I hate life.

Then it was the dryer. Time to clean out the dryer vent.

Shop vac, cleaner brush tool, drill, duct tape, and hours of effort. Good lord! There was a ton of lint in there! CLEAN OUT YOUR DRYER VENT AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR! Anyway, that part was relatively easy. But, as I was putting it all back together I realized after starting the dryer back up to blow some of the remnant lint out of the line that it wasn’t pushing air like I expected…which means it was disconnected some place under the house. Damn. So, another 30 minutes getting ready the supplies I would need under the house and then moving everything in the way to get to the crawl space. Sure enough, disconnected. So, I put that all back together and got it all cleaned up. Not it works like it should.

Today I am sore and stiff.

I am too old for this crap.

I truly hate doing these kinds of chores. I am also cheap, so paying someone to do them isn’t even a consideration. I just suck it up and deal.

But seriously, why does it always have to go sideways every time? There is always an issue. Always something that needs to be repaired or adjusted after doing it. Why can’t it just go smoothly and with zero hassle?

Anyone else hate certain chores or tasks that they do because they don’t want to pay someone to do it? What are they?


  1. Curt · January 24, 2022

    Replacing faucets. I bought four new faucets two years ago. Since then, I’ve only replaced two, and each ended up becoming a multiple-day chore with several runs to local hardware stores for missing tools and parts. The other two are still waiting in their boxes. Any return period ended a long time ago, so I hope they work when I finally do install them.


    • backuphill · January 24, 2022

      Oh, yeah, that task is one that almost always has more than one trip to the hardware store. I feel your pain!


  2. G. J. Jolly · January 25, 2022

    My husband does those chores for me. I couldn’t do them. First, I’m not mechanically inclined. Second, I’m disabled. Maybe I could still do it despite the physical hassle, but it would take me twice as long even if I knew what I was doing. If I didn’t have my husband, I’d go to the laundromat.


    • backuphill · January 26, 2022

      Thank goodness for the husband then! I guess we are good for a thing or two, because no one actually WANTS to visit a laundry mat…because that’s the “People of Walmart” before there was a “People of Walmart.” LOL


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