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Two Kids, Two Cats and No Clue
Saturday, 26 January 2008
WD-40 to the rescue!
Topic: Two Kids

On Tuesday the garage door wouldn't close.  Figuring that there was snow or ice jammed up in the track, I disconnected the opener and closed it manually.  It still wouldn't close the next day when it was 40 degrees out and the sun was beating on it, so I feared the worst.

Enter my trusty can of WD-40.  Spray the rollers, spray the hinges, and viola!  Problem solved.

Feeling greatly empowered, I hauled the WD-40 and a screwdriver upstairs to see if I could fix my baby daughter's mobile.  It had stopped spinning a couple weeks before, and when new batteries revived it, I stopped worrying about it.  And a week later it stopped spinning.  So I took it apart and poked at the gears.  It started spinning again, so I shrugged and went on with my life.  And two days later it stopped.  So this time I not only took it apart and poked at the gears, I sprayed the living daylights out of them with the WD-40.  Three days later it's still spinning.  Guess I can go on with my life again.

It never ceases to amaze me that my kids have turned me into a mechanical engineer, electrical engineer and seamstress.  I rewired the mixer that shorted out in the middle of making cookies.  I fashioned a new part for the infant swing out of a coat hanger when my toddler broke it.  I've sewn back together many a beloved stuffed animal, but the highlight has to be the time I completely gutted a musical pull toy after the string inside broke.  I swore profusely and vowed I would never do it again, but when my spouse broke it a month later of course I tore it apart and swore profusely again.  (At the manufacturer of course -- don't they realize how rough husbands are with their kids' toys?!)

I've become a jack-of-all-trades for my kids, and I love it.  I may rarely leave the house without them, but they've broadened my horizons in ways I never imagined. 


Update:  the mobile stopped spinning the very next day.  I took it apart, again, and discovered that the gears are jamming up at one point.  I can't see anything obviously wrong, and I can't get any closer to the gears without taking out a screw that is oh-so-inconveniently located underneath a circuit board.  I decided the ability to play music and project stars onto the ceiling trumped the ability to swing little stuffed animals around in a circle and disconnected the motor.  She's 5 months old -- we're not going to be using a mobile much longer anyway, right?

And the garage door is jamming again, albeit intermittently.  What the hell is up with that?!  Guess I'll do a closer inspection this weekend when I have an extra pair of hands around.  It's hard to fix things in the 15-minute increments I have available during the week.   I hate to do a force adjustment because I have nightmares about crushing small children, but as my spouse pointed out, that door was installed 10 years ago and things do shift and settle.  I guess that's what the infamous 2x4 test is for: preventing the crushing of small children.  Is there a charity for that?!  Wink

Posted by kyal at 9:04 AM MST
Updated: Friday, 1 February 2008 4:21 PM MST

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