We are looking at moving to higher Arizona country with- get this- TREES! As part of the process, we have to get our house ready to sell. We’ve lived here over fifteen years, so we’ve got a lot of home improvement project ideas that seemed beautiful but died on the vine.
Yesterday, while my husband was at work, I got the crazy idea to clean some windows that have wood shutters installed on them. Window cleaning isn’t my forte; some would argue things look worse when I’m done (kind of like most home improvement projects I attempt :))
When I opened the shutters in our dining room, the magnetic pieces just popped off, broken plastic pieces resting in the sill. Apparently ten years of Arizona sun was too much for the plastic parts. I opened the rest of the shutters and as expected, more closers popped off. I counted twenty of them.
I did some research on the internet so I could have a name for the “magnetic closer thingies” (they are called “magnetic catches”). I saw a pack of ten for $7.98 so I was happy this project wouldn’t cost too much. However, when I got to the store, they only sold them individually- for $1.32 apiece. Ouch.
As soon as I got home, I started the process of changing the catches. Of course, the new ones were about 1/8 inch wider than my old ones, so one new screw hole needed to be drilled for each catch. Sigh. I had to wait for my husband to get home because I don’t even know where he keeps the drill.
After he charged the drill overnight, he wanted to show me how to put the drill bit in. I asked him just get it ready and I wouldn’t need to remove it. He did and left for work. Right after I watched him drive away, the drill bit broke.
You don’t think he’ll notice, do you? 😀
The moral of my story: don’t ever clean windows. It’s more trouble than it’s worth!
Do your projects ever go like this, or is it just me? It’s probably just me….