Who’s that tapping at my door?

July 6, 2012


Lloyd got sick over the 4th and has been sleeping a lot yesterday and today. (So have I – but it’s by choice. This is my vacation, and that means lots of doing’ nothing and resting and recharging. I might as well pretend to be sick!)

Anyway, one of the new Lincoln Lutheran teachers had to bring her iPad over so Lloyd could do his voodoo on it. He told her on the phone that he was sick, but ‘someone’ would be here when she dropped it off. I thought that was a curious phrase, as Brad was gone for the day. I guess I’m the ‘someone’ – like an employee.

She came over when I was watching my after-nap television, but all I heard was a tapping noise, so I ignored it. I heard it a little later, and sure enough – she was at the door.

She said, “I tried turning that knob, but nothing happened.” I chuckled at her youth and obvious inexperience, then went to demonstrate how to ring the bell.


Nothing!?!?! But, but….. my cool doorbell! It can’t be broken – it’s tied to my personality!

I tried just putting the screw in, but the bell still wouldn't ring.

It turns out that a screw came loose, as well as a spacer. I found the screw, but there’s no telling where that little brass spacer is. It was time to make do – my favorite thing.

The screw was right by the door. I almost threw it out.

Snip snip snip – I cut a piece off of a drinking straw and all is well.

I’ve often wondered what makes the ringing sound, and apparently turning the knob turns the gears inside that make two nuts whirl around and strike the inside of the bell.

Whirling nuts - drink name or band name?

Fascinating! And now I need a nap.

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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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6 Responses to “Who’s that tapping at my door?”

  1. Lauren's dad Said on:

    You are creative!


  2. Brad Said on:

    I love it when things work out like that. When I successfully fix something complicated, it makes me feel like some kind of genius or something. But my idea of “complicated” includes battery replacement. 🙂


  3. Mark Said on:

    You and Keren and Phil apparently paid attention to dad when he took stuff apart and fixed it. I do not have that gift, or that much of an attention span. Well done!!


  4. Peggy Said on:

    You’re amazing! I never try to fix things. I would only break them more. In fact, I’m known for my unintentional way of destroying things. Especially at work. The maintenance men would so love to have you in my place!


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