May 14, 2009

Home 'Improvement', Lauren

Timeout to bask in a moment of self-satisfied pride. ~*~ Thank you.

I fixed the stupid door to the trash can cabinet! As you may recall, it plagued me with not closing properly – always hanging open a couple of inches. I had tried a few days ago to mess with adjusting the hinges, but it didn’t work and I got distracted.

Tonight, I was going to figure it out. I started with the usual fiddling around, and then I thought, “Ooo. I could post about this,” so I got my camera. Taking a picture made me notice this:

This is the picture taken after I cleaned.

See how that little doohickey is not parallel to the thingy? That’s the trouble. The other cabinets have parallel infrastructures. (I’m trying to wow you with my technical jargon.) I tried the first thing they teach you in DIY school – force it. Forcing it back into place didn’t work, but I figured it was because it was still hanging from the cupboard and I was at the wrong angle. I took it off the cupboard, laid it on the countertop, and continued to try and force it back with the flat end of my you-should-never-be-without-one 6-in-1 screwdriver. (If I get you one for Christmas, it’s because I love you.)

Still not working. Next up: property-value-lowering dismantling! I think it’s really a testimony to Lloyd’s powers of concentration that with all this clanging and muffled swearing, he did not look up from his computer screen once.

That is broke. Fix it.

Out came the roundy part of the hinge, and lo & behold – there’s a broken spring! I knew it! Well, I didn’t know it, but I knew something was wrong. Luckily, I had bought some replacement hinges for the other cabinet door that gave us trouble, but never got around to fixing. Popped those hinges in this door, and it’s as good as new. Much cleaner, too – the door to the trash can gets mighty disgusting. I’d never notice it if it wasn’t for the internet.

The end. By the way – I figured out how to label stuff with Photoshop. Double win!

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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5 Responses to “Fixed!”

  1. Brad Said on:

    You are exceedingly crafty.

    But I’m surprised that you didn’t take your normal route and light it on fire. In fact, it’s been a while since you burned anything. Are you okay?


  2. Deanne Said on:

    You are my hero, Lauren. Will you come to my house and teach me to be DIY? I have potential, I just know it!


  3. Peggy Said on:

    You’re amazing Lauren! You & Brad have inspired me today to accomplish something…I can’t wait to see what it is!! 🙂


    • Deanne Said on:

      Good for you, Peggy. I don’t think I’ll accomplish anything. But please tell us all about it, and we can bask in all of these wonderful accomplishments!


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