Friday, April 29, 2011

Jack of all trades? Can you fix just about anything? It's easy if you observe.

How do you fix something when you’ve never fixed it before and you don’t know how?  Sometimes I wonder how Army daughter could be as high ranking as she is.  I suppose all her common sense goes to that and then there's little room left for anything else.  Her car is at the shop getting repaired.  It's been there for a couple of weeks because the local Ford dealer can't quite figure out what the problem is.  I spoke to the mechanic at work and he said it may just be one of those problems where you have to try one fix and if it doesn't work try another and another until your process of elimination is over.  Anyway, she wanted to take the grandkids out to the school, which although is the most local "park" it's still over five miles away.  OK, she could borrow my truck. Just be careful.  She's usually a good driver and none of the girls want to be put into the same category as their brother who totaled my car a few years back. 

When she came back she said there was a little problem because she hit the garage door.  Actually it was the trim around the door that she hit with the mirror as she was pulling in the garage.  She ripped it completely away from the wall.  She kept proclaiming that she was really sorry and that we better call her insurance company to pay for the repair.  What????

Fix it yourself, I told her.  How?  First look at see the nondamaged side to see what it's supposed to look like.  The rubber trim was pulled out of the wood.  The trim is held on by nails.  Go into the garage and get the same size nails.  Then pull out the old nails and put new ones in.  Don't nail them all the way in with the hammer or you will mark the wood.  You can use another nail to push them in, or get a punch out of the toolbox.  Just remember to look at what's there, how it was put together, then recreate it.  It's not really hard to do most home repairs. 

The other day she tried making coffee.  My coffee maker isn't that hard to use.  We've gone over it several times and to make it really easy, I have two of everything so as she removes something she can replace it with the identical part.  There are five parts to making coffee.  Part 1. Add the beans.  You open the top and take out the grinder.  Notice how the lid attaches.  Take the clean grinder.  Put beans in up to the line.  Put the grinder lid on.  Put it back into the spot the grinder goes in - the same spot you took out the dirty grinder. Part 2. Put in the filter. Take out the old filter with the used wet coffee grounds in it.    Notice the three pieces to the filter system: the top and bottom of the filter container and the mesh filter.  Put the mesh filter into the filter container.  Put it back in the same spot you took the other filter out of.  Look at what you just removed.  Set up the clean one the same way.  Part 3.  Take out the coffee pot and lid and put in a clean coffee pot and lid.  Do not forget to put on the lid to the coffee pot.  You did notice that the dirty one had a lid on, didn't you?  Of course not.  Part 4.  Pour the water in up to the 12 cup line.  Part 5.  Press start.  Since you didn't put the lid on the coffee pot the filter isn't going to be able to drain the coffee out the bottom.  Did you not notice that the lid has a little hump in it to push on the plug of the filter?  No?  This means the coffee is going to come out the top of the filter and spill out over the counter and floor.  Am I just a little frustrated???

I guess I've gotten used to fixing things myself.  It saves money and often time, and it makes me more self sufficient.  I suppose that's why Army daughter and her husband would rather be in an apartment in the city than "banished" to the countryside as they are now. 

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