As a newer homeowner, here's some lessons I've learned:
1. Home inspectors don't catch everything.
2. Turn off the water before disassembling a faucet.
3. Measure your PVC pipe before tackling that new garbage disposal install.
4. If you fail to measure that pipe, you won't want to brave a blizzard because its 1/2" short.
5. I hate plumbing.
6. Snowblowing in the wind: An exercise in futility.
7. If your wife won't let you buy a toilet plunger because "we can get one when we need one", try to convince her that's not good reasoning. Its embarassing for the house guest who creates the "need".
8. If swearing is not your vice, and you wish to keep it that way, avoid plumbing, dryer vents, and all other projects requiring tools.
9. Replacing outlets is easy, anyone can do that.
10. Replacing ceiling fans seems to be more difficult for me.
11. A Dremel is quite useful.
14. Don't cheap out on an electric drill.
15. Forget flowers, dinner, and cards. Actually finishing a long promised project around the house scores just as many points with the wife.
16. Its easier- and maybe even cheaper- to replace an entire doorframe and door rather than one piece, should a dog choose to eat half of said frame.
17. Pop in the garage in the winter = a mess on your clean new door and frame.
18. Store unused potatoes in your small basement laundry room with high humidity. Then watch em' grow and take over a small, forgotten corner.
19. Measure twice, cut once.....I'll still screw up.
20. Measure three times, cut once, tweak the cut a little.....still wrong.
21. Measure four times, cut once, return to hardware store for more wood, call father and father-in-law for advice, measure 6 times, walk away, eat some toast, return, measure twice more, cut once ever so delicately......ahhhh there we have it!
22. Your wife has the best opinion on decorating.
23. I hate plumbing.
That's all for now!