We are becoming much more settled in our new house, we are even starting to call it home, it is starting to feel that way.
It is interesting what you learn when you have to remedy things in a home. Creaking doors, lights that come on when no one is there… doors that slowly close on their own.
Hey, don’t watch cheesy shows like ghost hunters late at night and then expect to check out some of those things, or even turn off basement lights… I am just saying…
Creaky doors were easy, we squirted oil on the hinges. Pssst be sure to have a rag handy for when it drips.
Lights that come on by themselves were fun also, we have outdoor sensor lights, some inside too, that come on when motion is detected. So when the lights pop on, in a fenced backyard, we all peek out the windows to see who the trespasser is. Then do rock paper scissors to see who gets to check. Seems it is the wind a lot of times, but there are tiny screws on the sensors to adjust them so they are not so sensitive. great… hsp lights, but I digress.
Doors that close on their own are very annoying, I checked too, there are no ghosts closing them… I don’t think. hmmmm.
But I fixed them, well Megan helped. It is good to involve others in tasks, it makes them feel wanted and needed. 😉
Mostly a door that closes on its own means the door is not “hanging” true. This can happen with sloppy installation or the building settling. Either way when a door is half way closed…. slowly closing oh so quietly so you don’t know it is doing so… and you turn and walk into it… it messes up your day. Tis worse when automatic defence mechanisms trigger and the door ends up smashed against a wall with a hole in it…. ok well a dent. psssst don’t sneak up on a martial artist.
So I googled this, as it is hard to fix dents in doors and get door knobs out of walls….. just saying.
It seems the fix was pretty easy, you only need a flat screwdriver and a hammer. woooot I have a hammer.
Using the screwdriver you pry up the hinge pin, you can gently tap it out with the hammer. Then put the pin on a firm surface, like a brick or cement block and whack it with the hammer…. well tap on it, I whacked it. You want to dent it or bend it. Then carefully tap it back into the hinge, test the door. If it still closes on its own do the next hinge pin. Some doors took all three pins to be smacked before the doors stayed in place. I think the doors see that you mean business when you start swinging the hammer…. so they just start to behave.
But woooot, all the doors behave now. You can call me Miss fix it. hmmmm well I may not answer, but you can call me that, I have a hammer too you know.
Oh Oh and we found out that we can cook a lot more than we thought in our pressure cooker. We made macaroni and cheese last week. hmmm or was it the week before, in only five minutes, from scratch, it was so yummy. Very cheesy and very creamy. Google recipes, there are lots. It takes longer than that just to cook the pasta normally. I know that has nothing to do with fixing doors, but I just wanted to pass that along with out making a full foodie post because it was so yummy.