So our soon-to-be renter came up with a great proposition for us --- if she would supply a dishwasher, and agree to leave it when she moves out, would we be willing to pay to have it installed in the house? Sounded like a no-brainer to us, so I whipped out my cell phone and called my handy-man (why yes, as a matter of fact, I DO have him on speed-dial --- you want to make something of it?)
So Mr. Handy-Man-Boss-Man and Mrs-Probably-Crushes-Beer-Cans-With-Her-Forehead** came over yesterday morning to look at the kitchen and decide how/what/when would be the best way/place to install the dishwasher. Should we take out this cabinet? Take out that cabinet? Put it in the old refrigerator spot? Etc. This was pretty much the conversation that followed, word for word:
Handy-Man-Boss-Man: I think as long as you get an extra-long hose, the drainage will run to that space just fine.
Tough-Girl: Do I need to run a new electric, or just use the existing outlet in the cabinet?
HMBM: Use the outlet in the bottom cabinet and for the top we’ll tack the extension to the underside of the cabinet. Kristie, would you like us to install a shelf a few feet above the dishwasher to hold a microwave?
Kristie: Ooooh, pretty!
HMBM: Just make sure you get a 3/8th valve.
Tough Girl: You think 3/8th? Or 5/8th?
HMBM: I think 3/8th, as long as you get a 3-tap extension cord.
Tough Girl: I’m going to need a splitter for the hot water line.
HMBM: You can just pig-tie the line if that’s easier.
Tough Girl: You think a j-hook would work for the drainage?
HMBM: Oh, yeah, a j-hook will work fine. Remember to cut a hole in the 1/12th wood for the cord from the microwave.
Tough Girl: You want me to secure the 1/12th with 2 by 4 or 1 by 2?
HMBM: Oh, 1 by 2 will be plenty. Just make sure you round the edges and sand it so it looks nice.
Tough Girl: You want me to get a left splash for the wall-side?
HMBM: Yep, that should take care of it. And don’t forget the connector kit with a 3-mip elbow joint. Kristie, what do you think?
Kristie: Ooooh, pretty!
I mean seriously. Do I have ANY idea what they’re talking about? No. Just tell me to whom to write my check and it’s all good. Don’t make me feel like a moron because I don’t know the difference between a three-quarters pig tie and a two by four j hook drainage splitter. Or WHATEVER.
**Ms. Tough Girl and I were chatting before Boss-Man showed up, and she mentioned that she was going to night school to get her IT certification; that she only does this handy-man gig to pay the bills in the meantime. Then she told me that she has her masters degree in psychology, but that private counseling, which she did and she loved, unfortunately doesn’t pay enough unless you have your PhD, which she doesn’t want to get right now.
So, great. She’s handy, technical, in tune with her inner child, probably could analyze MY inner child, and could kick my inner child’s ass in arm wrestling. Geez, I feel like a loser around her.