I fixed this and that

Mr. Aitch’s leaf blower/vacuum fell over in the garage earlier this year.  He didn’t realize it at the time but the knob handle cracked.  Later when I was vacuuming some leaves and after laying the blower on the ground, I grabbed the handle to pick it up and the knob section came off in my hand.

I tried to glue it but that didn’t work.

I thought about Sugru ( which looks awesome) but I didn’t want any flexibility on the handle.

Enter Oatey Fix-it Stick™ Epoxy Putty*.

When the outer light grey material mixes with the darker grey core, it is pliable for about 5-10  minutes before it begins to harden.

I cut off about an inch and mixed it together in my hands (wearing disposable gloves) until it was a uniform color.  Then I set the knob handle back in place and squished the soft putty around the broken sections bonding the two pieces together.

Voila!  The Fix-it Stick™ hardens quickly and securely. It repairs leaks, holes or cracks in a wide range of materials. It is lightweight and is as strong as (if not stronger) than the original!Fix#2… We have an original Mr. Coffee Iced Tea Pot™ from the1980s.  It still works great, however……the handle cracked 20-some years ago.

I never replaced the pitcher but continued to use it with the tea maker.  It worked but we just couldn’t hold it by the handle so we just transferred the iced tea to a different pitcher.

Oatey Fix-it Stick™ to the rescue again.

This does not come in contact with any food or drink and works perfectly for this type of repair. Though not necessary I still transfer my iced tea to another pitcher that isn’t as tall and fits in our refrigerator better.

*I am not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Oatey. I received no compensation for this product.  I use it, like it and thought you might as well.

 

 

Hey

I’m still here.  I haven’t knit one stitch since Monday.  Mr. Aitch’s niece is expecting in July and the baby shower is next month so I’ve got a pair of baby booties on the needles.

Anyway, I’ve been working in our walk-in closet this week making a double hang section for clothes where a single hang section is now.  No eyes have been poked out nor fingers lost so it’s a win-win so far.  Sorry, no work-in-progress pics of anything.  Maybe next week.

Have a great weekend!

An easy fix

In my previous post you saw the broken top of a hanging shoe holder. This is how I repaired it.

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All the materials were found around the house.  And by house, I mean the basement.  Didn’t have to but anything for this fix.

We (and I mean me) saved pieces of the hardwood flooring we had installed in the last decade.  Those pieces have come in handy over the years.  Some pieces are damaged such as the tongue was split or the piece was too skinny or narrow on one end but were saved anyway.  So I dug through the dwindling pile and found two pieces that were almost the correct length of the shoe holder.

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One piece was about an inch too long so I cut it with a hack saw.  We (and I mean me) need a circular saw and a chop saw but that’s beside the point.  Gotta use what’s available, right?  I sanded the rough edges.  Didn’t want anyone to get cut or a splinter in their hands/fingers once it was in place.  The finished side of the flooring is facing down.

I found some small pieces of pine also left over from another project for the cross-pieces and cut them to the width of the shoe holder.

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Drilled holes through the cross-pieces to prevent the wood from splitting, down through the broken plastic and into the piece of flooring.  The cross-pieces were close to the hanger part as that would get the most pull when hanging.

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Since I only had ten screws, I just used one cross-piece on each side of the hanger.  I might get more screws for more cross pieces for each end to make it more secure.

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Ta-da!

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The finished repair.  Not pretty but it works.

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Saved a bundle

We noticed some frozen veggies in the crisper drawer in our freezer-on-the-bottom refrigerator.  They are not suppose to freeze.  Frozen romaine lettuce is pretty disgusting.

After several Internet searches, I found a fix to problem.  A frozen defrost line in the back of the refrigerator.  So you ask: If the freezer is on the bottom, how come the defrost is up there?  The ice maker and water dispenser are in the upper part so we can get water and ice through the door.  The water from the defrost cycle from the ice maker couldn’t get down to the evaporator pan as it was clogged with ice so it ran into the bottom of the refrigerator, pooled under the crisper drawers and froze.  The veggies in the crisper were sitting right on top of ice and froze, too.

I watched a couple of YouTube videos on how to repair the frozen line and keep it from happening again.  Only time will tell if the fix worked.

Figured I saved a hundred dollars.  Or two.  That’s a bundle to me.