Category Archives: Hardware

Coin Cells…

Ah, the joys of parenthood. If you’re a parent with kids who have toys that take somewhat unusual batteries, you surely know my angst. Or if your kids just tend to leave toys on, thus draining said slightly unusual batteries.

And this is not even the first time I’ve resorted to preemptively buying a bulk lot of batteries from Amazon or eBay…I need to make a bunch of blinky lights…

Ok, I Know This is Picky…

I will freely admit I can be particular about parts for projects I do.  I can obsess to near madness about finding a part or source for a part that is exactly what I want. Here’s a couple pictures to illustrate that

These a just some ordinary door stops, but a very heavy/solid example that I have always used in my past homes. Well, my new house needed some door stops replaced, and it turns out that Home Depot near me no longer carried these exact ones. So I went online.

Here’s a slightly more specialized door stop that I tracked down from a small east coast hardware store, online of course.  It’s a nubby door stop, for hallways and such where you want to prevent doorhandles from hitting walls and such.  Seems silly, but they really do well, and I may have ordered several extra, stashing them in one of my boxes of hardware in the garage, for future use.

Fixing a Lamp…

My daughter’s lamp stopped working a little while ago, and it’s a fairly nice touch dimmer lamp from Pottery Barn Kids. Shouldn’t be too hard to fix, right? Nope, turns out the controller they used is fairly specific in size and specs, and there is basically only one place to buy them from. Someone on eBay, who I’m fairly sure ran into the same issue and discovered that the only place to buy the controllers was direct from the manufacturer in China, in bulk wholesale quantity. So now he sells them on eBay, and I bought 4.

Here’s the parts…

And here’s the finished result…

Here’s reassembling the base containing the controller…

Caulk

 

I know, another sexy post.  But this is one of those things I wish I’d realized years ago.  Buy and use a quality caulk gun for you DIY projects.  I don’t do caulking often enough, fortunately, to just be good at it.  So for the last caulking project I had I went looking for a good quality caulk gun, instead of the like $3 specials.  Found this one at Lowe’s (pretty sure this is the same one), but I think you can find one at most decent hardware or home centers.  So much better control, wish I’d done this years ago.

My New Toy…

Here she is, in all her glory.  Why is it that most guys tend to make machines feminine and call them by a girls name.  After shoveling 6″ of snow four times in the last few days I finally had enough.  I’ve been wanting one for a couple years and I finally pulled the trigger after trying to toss all of the snow over the berms that developed on both sides of my driveway.

Here it is squeezed into my wife’s suv, handle folded down.  Should get to try it this weekend, as we have snow forcast on and off thru Wednesday next week.

Snow Blower First Use

So here it is.  All I ended up getting to use it for this year was to clear off the third driveway space where my wife had piled snow so I could drive into the garage without having to shovel first.  Oh well, at least I got to test it, it works, and is ready for nest season.