DIY During Quarantine. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Plenty Stay-at-home orders have inspired many people to take on do-it-yourself projects and tackle their own home repairs. But sometimes a toolbox and YouTube videos aren't enough to prevent disasters.

DIY During Quarantine. What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Plenty

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We all have our own special talents. And during this pandemic, many of us thought that those skills might lie in taking on home repairs and do-it-yourself projects. But some of our listeners have figured out that DIY may not be for them.

MEGAN GLASSCOCK: My name is Megan Glasscock. I'm from Pensacola, Fla. And here is my mother.

CHERYL GLASSCOCK: I'm the mother. I'm Cheryl.

M GLASSCOCK: And we have a very, very exciting installation-of-the-day story we have for you.

KENNETH MCNAY: Hello. My name is Kenneth McNay, and I live in Morrisville, near Raleigh. I noticed that the retaining wall between my and my neighbor's townhomes was sagging in the center.

VICKI NOVIKOFF BARNHART: This is Vicki Novikoff Barnhart in Galveston, Texas. My built-in microwave beeped nonstop, morning, noon and night, really loudly for six weeks.


M GLASSCOCK: So I decided, to save on toilet paper, that I was going to be the good daughter and get bidets for both of our bathroom.

C GLASSCOCK: And mind you, Megan knows nothing about plumbing.

MCNAY: I took some time to remove all of the stones, to level the ground with paver rock and sand and then put everything back straight.

NOVIKOFF BARNHART: Anyway, somebody suggested that I turn off the breaker. But the breaker box is this big, old thing mounted outside on the brick. It's way up high, and you have to take the whole back of it off. It was a big hazard to even do that. Then this other friend of mine told me I should hit it with a hammer. And I said I could get electrocuted if I hit it with a hammer. And I wanted to just get a gun and shoot it, but I didn't have a gun.


M GLASSCOCK: So basically, the bathroom was taking on water. I was playing bucket brigade, and my mother rushes to shut off the water to the house.

C GLASSCOCK: And I get out in the yard, and it's dark.

M GLASSCOCK: It's 8 o'clock at night.

C GLASSCOCK: I can't find the valve. I have the tool to use - turn it off, but I can't remember how to do it. So I reach down my hand, and I start turning this wheel. And all of a sudden, all this water bubbles out of the ground.

MCNAY: My neighbor expressed excessive anxiety that we should've had a professional do it, that we should've had a permit and was concerned about the safety warnings on the bags of stone and sand.

NOVIKOFF BARNHART: And finally, the guy came after six weeks and replaced it. And he said, I'll just put this old one out on the curb, and somebody will pick it up, I promise you.


C GLASSCOCK: I come back in. The water's still running. So I get on the phone to turn the water off, and there's no answer.

M GLASSCOCK: (Laughter).

C GLASSCOCK: I go back out in the yard. And by then, the yard is flooded.

MCNAY: During the next weekend, she completely reversed my work, taking away all the stones, taking all the sand and the gravel out and then putting it all back with a sag in the middle. She returned all of the paving gravel and sand to my porch in Ziploc bags.


C GLASSCOCK: So I sit down, and I have a thought that if I disconnect one of the hoses that's in there and just connect it back to the toilet, it will stop leaking.

M GLASSCOCK: And it does.

C GLASSCOCK: Well, a lightbulb.

M GLASSCOCK: (Laughter).

C GLASSCOCK: So I went in there. I disconnected one hose. I connected it right back to the tank where it was supposed to go - and no leaks.

M GLASSCOCK: Oh, and the next day, we did get the bidet installed.

C GLASSCOCK: (Laughter).

NOVIKOFF BARNHART: And then two days later, I was outside, and I swear I heard that noise. And then I knew it was my microwave. And it was at a neighbor's house. And then a full day later, I was out there, and it was still on. It was still beeping. And just yesterday, somebody posted - about 10 blocks from here, they posted, does anybody hear that beeping? Do you know what it is? (Laughter).


GARCIA-NAVARRO: That was do-it-yourselfers Vicki Novikoff Barnhart, Megan and Cheryl Glasscock and Kenneth McNay.


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