Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Je Suis MacGyver

Putting an entirely new house together comes with some challenges.

First Challenge:  Shower

Our shower room has a shower and a sink.  The shower has a shower curtain and liner, but the way that the basin of the shower is shaped, the curtain doesn't really keep the water in on the sides.  It falls down on the outside of the basin and runs off onto the floor in front of the sink.  This is less than ideal.

Flat Sides Cause Run-Off

You would think that there might be some sort of solution for this poor design.  However, that would require me to go to a hardware store or the French equivalent of a Home Depot and try to explain this problem to someone in French.  As I don't yet know the words for flat, run-off, and "block the water!" I was required to innovate.

What supplies do I have that might help solve this problem?

Vinyl Shelf Paper


Some Super Glue to Prevent Leaks

Now the water is re-routed into the basin.  Seriously, who designed this shower basin?!

Second Challenge: Kitchen Cabinets

Our kitchen cabinets are not the highest quality.  They are quite wobbly and not quite aligned properly.  Sometimes this misalignment causes drawers and doors to bump into each other, causing loose connections.  In one specific case, the cabinet door hit the utensil drawer and the drawer front came loose from it's sides.  This was held together by dowels.  Additionally, the slide that the drawer goes on was not connected fully on the front side.  Every time it got opened, it put a little pressure on the slide and it broke.

Broken Drawer Removed along with Broken Left Slide

 What supplies do I have that might help solve this problem?

Sticky Pad in Place of Broken Drawer Slide

Look! an IKEA Bag Clip, My Favorite Kitchen Item

Pliers to Modify Clip Inside

Screwdriver to use as Smoothing Chisel

More Clip Moidifications

Stick Clip on Side and Secure with Screw 

After reinforcing the drawer with some wood glue on the separated dowels, the cabinet was back in working order.  I also added screws to all of the other drawer slides so that they are all more stable.

Still a little out of alignment, but functional

More Challenges?  Bring them on.  Or not.  Living with completely working household items is also quite nice.

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