Waiting On The Mail

by Josh on November 4, 2006 · 2 comments

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Blame for the slow progress on my nursery project can fall on no one but me. But, on a few other small house projects, I’m enjoying the opportunity to blame shipping time for my delayed results.

During my recent bulb purge in which I replaced dozens of incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent ones, I made sure to swap out the old bulbs in my dining room and living room chandeliers. Because the fluorescent bulbs aren’t dimmable, I also need to replace the rheostat switches on those two fixtures. I’ve wanted to start restoring the push-button switches that would have been original equipment to the house, so I ordered a pair of reproduction switches and wall plates. They’re in transit, so this project is waiting on the mail.

After a summer of open season on pigeons, I’ve concluded that the world doesn’t have enough bb’s for me to eliminate the birds roosting on my roofing. Deterence is a more humane approach that I hope is also a more effective way to solve my pigeon problem. Particularly troubling are the birds that hang out on the roof brackets over our son’s bedroom window. Droppings from those birds fall on the windows and into the backyard. I ordered some bird spikes to install on the brackets, but the vendor I chose ships from England. The spikes are on the way, but this project is waiting on the mail.

Finally, I took the opportunity offered in a recent flyer from our county to buy a home test kit for radon gas. Actually, I bought a pair of tests so I can have a confirmation of the results. Radon doesn’t get the same attention it did a few years ago, but it is a remarkably common problem. I decided it was better to know if I have a radon problem, even if the potential cost of mitigation is high. The tests arrived in the mail a few days ago; tomorrow I’ll pack up the first test and send it off to the evaluation lab. Once the test is out of my hands, I’ll be waiting on the mail to get my test processed and the results returned.

With all the incoming packages, I’m not making much progress on those projects. At least I’ve got more than bills to look forward to in my mail this coming week.

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ben November 4, 2006 at 8:48 am

where did you buy the reproduction switches? Almost all ours are originals but there are a couple modern switches I’d like to replace.

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Josh November 4, 2006 at 10:39 am

Ben, I updated the post to include links to my vendors for the switches and bird spikes. The push-button switches are made by Classic Accents and sold though several online sources (at various prices), including direct from the manufacturer. Beware: the switches aren’t cheap, but their charm is pretty irresistable.

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