MIAGD: Fixing the latch

MIAGD: make it a great day

I replaced a latch on the front storm door all by myself. The fact I knew what to order was a complete amazement of myself.

The hardware store, to me, is a fascinating place filled with all sorts of interesting items that go way beyond my love for PVC. I can literally spend hours in Lowe's, or Menards. I actually find it exciting to learn about things I had never considered.

Until I moved to The Haasienda on Shroyer Road, I was always blast with maintenance man who came to fix each and every little thing. Once we were moved into the house, I was determined to learn how to do things for myself, and to teach my sons: they needed to learn these things, too.

I am, by no means, a skilled carpenter, but I certainly know how to build shelving, and other items as needed. My grandfather, Leroy Barmes, and his father, Virgil, were skilled carpenters. I have no aspirations of acquiring their expertise, but I can hold my own for what is needed around the house.

When we moved to 3159, the latch portion of the storm door never worked. The door wouldn't close, but never latch. I finally decided that this was something I could accomplish – after 14 years.

And, I did.

I examined the handle on the storm door, matched it up to what I found on Amazon.com, placed the order, received the package, took off the old door handle, put on the new door handle.

I did have to put signs on the door to remind others, including myself, that the door no longer simply pulled open without depressing the button on the handle.

This may seem quite simple to many folks, but for me, each of these little tasks become a deposit in my confidence bank account. They are important reminders that with some common sense, information, and some pluck, very few tasks are beyond my capability.

Go, Ye, therefore with confidence, and attempt/accomplish something you've never tried.

Make it a great day!

About Wright Flyer Guy

Darin is a single adoptive father, a teacher, playwright, and musical theatre director from Kettering, Ohio.
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