Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I Did It My Way - Or "Necessity Is the Mother Of All Invention"

Just a quick update on the, ahem, broken terrace screen door handle from Sunday.  Check out my previous post, if you want the full story about how the gigantic hairy fanged wasp attacked me and I went screaming through my screen door, shattering it into.....okay, so this is turning into the "I caught a fish this big" story.  I did make that trip to Home Depot, tonight in fact.  I bought a new door handle for around 10 bucks and Carl, this nice older gentleman who was trying to help me figure out what size screws I would need, took his box cutter and opened the darn package right there. Gotta love Carl.  I was very happy with his decision because I didn't want to make multiple trips.  Turns out the screen door handle people, decided for once to make it a little easier and supplied three different lengths to accommodate different door widths.  Trouble is they put this one piece in the package that you had to measure against your door and subsequently shorten the metal piece by taking two pliers and bending the extra length off.  Yeah right!  Needless to say, I didn't have the pliers that the instructions said I had to use and thanks for not having that information on the package door handle people!  But, necessity is the mother of all invention!

In my determination and quite frankly because of my absolute stubbornness to get this done, I had to come up with something that worked.  Ding, the light bulb (or was that the microwave), went on over my head. I wasn't going to be beaten by this piece of metal! I was going to win! So,I decided to saw off the extra metal piece.  With what? You may ask.  With my jewelry saw that I got when I took soldering 101 at FIT.  The other options of either going back to buy pliers at Home Depot or trying to bribe one of the maintenance guys at work to help, were not looking good to me and I didn't want to wait anyway.  The jewelry saw worked like a charm!  I don't know what you would have done. I'm assuming most people don't have jewelry saws lying around.  A regular saw would have been a bit overkill if not ludicrous. Can you imagine if the instructions on the door handle said to get out your jeweler's saw to shorten this piece of metal?  So, I'm taking credit for this DIM (Did It Myself) project. It's the little things that make me happy. 

My getting chased by a wasp and freaking out sturdy new shiny terrace screen door handle! (I just have to touch up with some white paint).

I know it's not particularly sexy, but I'm in love!!!!

Thanks for Stopping by and Stay tuned for more Creativity and DIM!


  1. First time poster here at your blog --- please keep it up! I'm enjoying the reads.

    1. Thanks so much! I appreciate your taking the time to comment!