December 5th, 2004

Something I've never understood

Why do most women "go stupid" at the idea of doing basic home repair? Why is it scary to them?

A few days ago, I went to turn on the tap in the kitchen, and the handle broke off in my hand. Cute. I jammed it back in to turn the water off, but once I saw the broken plastic stem, I figured out it was a replace rather than a repair job.

I trotted off to Home Depot and picked out a replacement, and read the instructions. I also picked up a basin wrench for getting the old one off.

Today it took me all of about 45 minutes to disconnect the water lines, remove the old faucet, and get the new one in place. I need to pick up shorter supply lines, or it would be back back in service right now.

The job wasn't hard, it wasn't particularly messy, and it wasn't scary. I didn't even mess up my brand new manicure. Nobody ever taught me how to do this-- I just read the instructions that came with the replacement and used a little common sense. Now, I'll grant you that I've been allocated more than my fair share of IQ points, but that shouldn't make much of a difference-- most plumbers aren't Rhodes scholars.

And yet, I suspect that most women in my situation would have called a male friend or a plumber to deal with the job. Why? What is it about our culture that makes women want to avoid simple repair jobs?

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In other news, I've discovered that my cable service includes a showtunes channel. I can't belive it took me five whole days to ferret this out.