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Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Just Hand Me Those Power Tools!

Our front door handle fell off.

It happened before... a few years ago. The door was still under warranty. The fix-it guy came and screwed the handle back together in less than five minutes. No fuss, no muss, and no money.

So, I called the lock people and they said there is no more warranty and it will cost 250 NIS (about $60) to come fix it! I noted that was a little outrageous for five minutes of work.

Then, the secretary mentioned that I could fix it myself.

OK, now we're talking!

In less than a minute, I learned what size Allen wrench to use and how to fix the handle myself.

No problem. I own Allen wrenches. I even know where they are. (no small feat, given the state of disaray in my home)

I was so proud. I could do this!

Except.... I could not.

The simple instructions did not work. No matter how much I tightened it, the handle kept coming apart.

So, I bit the bullet and made an appointment with the fix-the-door people. (I tried to negotiate a better price, but the best I could do was 230 NIS, which is still outrageous for five minutes of work.)

Then, I had another idea.

I called our local hardware store. The store owner, who also is a fix-it guy, told me to bring in the handle.

Sure enough, the handle was totally broken.

So, I bought a new handle for 60 NIS (it even came with its own Allen wrench), and fixed the handle myself... in less than five minutes.

So cool!

Please daven (or send happy, healing thoughts) for RivkA bat Teirtzel.

With love and optimism,


Batya said...

You never cease to impress and amaze.

Anonymous said...

You're the best for women's lib - and a wonderful role model for your kids!!!


Ilana said...

That's just great!

Rahel Jaskow said...

Woo-hoo! You rock!

Sarah said...

So funny... our door handle fell off yesterday, too!!!!!! But, I humbly admit that the man of the house fixed it.
I have been known to use power tools, though! :-)

RivkA with a capital A said...

Today, it occured to me that the same size Allen wrench might fit the other door handles in our home... it did!

So I went around fixing all the loose door handles in our home!!


(So, the paradox is that I am the one who bought all our power tools, but I am still intimidated to use them!!)

Anonymous said...

when something in the house needs repairs, we always go first to the local tambour b/c the owners are so knowledgeable and helpful. most of the time they tell us what to buy and how to do the repair. they save us SOO much money on repairs.