Hi. I'm Zanne. I'm originally from California but I've moved all over the country and then lived overseas in Singapore (4 years) and Guam (5 years). I'm currently stuck in Louisiana. I live with my widowed disabled mother and my younger brother on a 32 acre farm. We have two cows, four dogs, and fourteen cats. My father was an avid DIYer who served in the Army and federal law enforcement before retiring at 55. He passed away a few years ago and I've been trying to keep things up as I was the only one in the household who used to help him with projects. We were like two of the three stooges sometimes (he'd pick up a board and go to turn and thwack me in the head or we'd bump in to each other, or he'd splatter paint on me when we were painting together). It was still good quality time though. He passed away suddenly and unexpectedly during the middle of a bathroom remodel. I have yet to finish the project, but I'm hoping to make some more progress soon. I don't have the same level of knowledge nor the hand strength he had, so things are a bit more challenging. I initially joined in on the plumbing forum and Chris invited me over here as well since my projects go beyond just the plumbing. (Thanks, Chris!) I like to watch DIY programs, House Hunters, House Hunters Intnerational, Income Property, and various things that have information on what to look for in homes and what to avoid and how to do things or how NOT to do things. I've been trying to brush up on the local plumbing codes here. I also like to play with computer graphics and I play Sims 3 (although I mostly enjoy the building aspect). I find introduction posts to be awkward. And I'm sure you've noticed that I babble a LOT.