Having trouble getting things done around your rental units? Just don’t have time to wait on a call back from the professionals? In the spirit of Halloween (and thinking outside the box), MassLandlords staff contacted the three witches from “Macbeth” to learn what spells, incantations and potions might be used to avoid hiring a plumber, electrician or contractor. Despite their busy schedule this time of year, they were all too happy to help (especially after we promised to show them around Salem). Here is what they said.
For a Clogged Toilet or Other Plumbing Troubles
Double, double toil and trouble,
Fire burn and cauldron bubble,
If the toilet clogged it be,
Recite this rhyme at half past three:
If your problems reside in the kitchen, never fear:
The kitchen sink is clogged, declare!
With children’s paint and clay; beware
Of what you place inside the pipe.
Instead, shout this before dawn’s light:
Reese’s, Skittles, candy bags,
Be gone, too, these drainage snags!
For Holes in Drywall or Horsehair Plaster
Now see those holes on yonder wall,
A black cat scratched in from the hall,
But spackle is a cost too high,
For holes in walls this trick do try:
For glass repairs, try this:
If window panes be broke and leaky
Fix them up with something sticky
Onto breaks this poultice leave
And have a draftless Hallows Eve.
Red as candy apple shell,
Fix the cracks and all be well.
Remember: Always Dress the Part
While you’re waiting on those incantations (or Instacart delivery of candy corn), don’t forget that looking the part is half the battle. To really get into the spirit of things, dress up like the plumber you wish you were, grab your trusty newt, and get ready for a Halloween that can’t be beat.