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# 208434 12-Feb-2017 00:10
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So. I started small and fixed a few minor things around the house (doors that rattled when closed), and attaching my WAP to the ceiling etc, which seems minor I know, but anyone who knows me well, that is a major step forward. 

 

The door handles on our internal doors are pretty cheap and some of them have an odd problem where they aren't smoothly moving as you pull down the handle. It's kind of like it's catching internally multiple times over the movement. 

 

Anyone got any ideas on how I can fix that without replacing the handles, which I wouldn't try any time soon :) 

 

Today I built my wifes new office chair. Tomorrow a new outdoor flatpacked cabinet. 

 

I feel so manly :) 

 

 


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  # 1718801 12-Feb-2017 00:28
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I've had locks do that when the hole thru the door was slightly wrong. The mechanism was hitting the wood as it swung over. Pics of the types of locks would help to.




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  # 1718857 12-Feb-2017 10:17
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Just pull them apart, the cause of the problem may be quite obvious, or remove them from the door and see if the problem is still there when you move the handle.





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  # 1719119 12-Feb-2017 22:12
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So. I started small and fixed a few minor things around the house (doors that rattled when closed), and attaching my WAP to the ceiling etc, which seems minor I know, but anyone who knows me well, that is a major step forward.

 

 

Like you, I started small as well. Just a few harmless things, fixing doorknobs, replacing washers, that sort of thing. Then I got given a Mitre 10 gift voucher, and started buying more tools. Pretty soon I was doing concreting jobs, snorting cement through rolled-up blueprints, buying questionable construction materials off dodgy back-street dealers. Then it got really out of hand. I began mainlining earthmoving and construction jobs, living off a heady mix of sawdust, diesel, and liquid nails fumes. Soon afterwards my marriage broke up and my kids no longer acknowledge me. Then one day some guy called... Tump? Tramp? called me about a wall he wanted built.

 

 

That was then, this is now. I've been in rehab for six months, with only a small box of popsicle sticks and some PVA glue. Some day, they're going to let me onto the Lego.

 

 

So just remember, if some sleazy guy offers you a cordless drill and some nails, just say no.



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LOL. 

 

Well, I had a fantastic day. My 7 year and I (mostly him since he was so keen) built a BBQ unit. Was pretty much large lego  but was awesome watching him put it together. My wife was very impressed with me. 

 

He helped me mow the lawn and a bunch of other stuff. :)

 

 

 

 


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  # 1719174 13-Feb-2017 07:49
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What age are the door handles? You may find that graphite powder or WD40 helps. 


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  # 1719204 13-Feb-2017 08:29
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Recently put together an outdoor storage box, my new office chair and....... thats about it.  Im no handyman around the house :-p





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  # 1719213 13-Feb-2017 08:49
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Haha, I replaced the lamp holder on a standard lamp this weekend.

 

Oh, and I cleaned the letterbox (actually, I had to stick a new number to the letterbox, and needed to clean where it was going to go - whilst doing that I cleaned to whole thing. I always thought our letterbox had a black 'roof' - turns out not so - it is white, just gone black with ti-tree gunk).


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  # 1719231 13-Feb-2017 09:34
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Door handles are really not all that complex. They are pretty much the same the world over. Mitre10 do have a simple how-to guide on the project. https://www.mitre10.co.nz/guides-and-advice/guide/how-to-change-a-door-handle

 

Be careful with starting down this track of home DIY... My father got me hooked and i'm now building a deck after renovating a bathroom and insulating the house... My biggest piece of advice is to make sure you finish the projects 100% before starting another. My wife can attest that 90% complete doesn't actually equate to 90% satisfaction ;)


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@Neb's addiction post aside (humorous as it was) I am glad to see you getting your son involved. Nothing more frustrating than having to "get a man in from the village" ( To The Manor Born reference) even to do the smallest maintenance task. Of recent times I have been tearing my teenage sons away from their gaming to assist with everything from tap washer replacement to driveway paving. They grumble, but it is for their own good!




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Dingbatt: @Neb's addiction post aside (humorous as it was) I am glad to see you getting your son involved. Nothing more frustrating than having to "get a man in from the village" ( To The Manor Born reference) even to do the smallest maintenance task. Of recent times I have been tearing my teenage sons away from their gaming to assist with everything from tap washer replacement to driveway paving. They grumble, but it is for their own good!

 

It's been a little of my own doing over a period of time. My FIL is a builder/architect and he has pretty much done everything for us. They are round all the time and I have traditionally worked very long hours, as has my wife, and it's been both more cost effective, and time efficient to get people in.

 

I am not hands on inclined at the best of times anyway, but having a few basic tools and skills. I don't see myself plumbing or paving ever, unless I retire, but I am trying my best to take opportunities.


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  # 1719234 13-Feb-2017 09:42
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neb:  So just remember, if some sleazy guy offers you a cordless drill and some nails, just say no.

 

 

 

Yep, the DIY is a gateway drug for sure.


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The "get the son to help" phase has turned full circle, here.  46 yr old son brings his old Alfa Romeo he is working on to my place so I can help him replace the Alternator with a modern one! I might add it took FAR longer than the job would suggest. 

 

Next, I am up for helping with adding in relays for the headlights!

 

Been a long time since I did any work on cars. Not sure I want to start over on this 'hobby' though.


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  # 1719259 13-Feb-2017 10:35
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CRC 'lock and hinge lube' is a good first response to any door latch issue.





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  # 1721552 16-Feb-2017 21:14
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Well today I dug a large tree stump out. Wasn't quite rotten but it was annoying me. Not a short stump, it was as tall as me.

 

Husband said he'd chainsaw it later, after he got back. nah, I dug and dug and then when he got home he pulled the top and I lifted with the spade (by standing on it) and voila! No chainsaws needed.

 

 

 

(He went off muttering sarcastic comments about superwomen).


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