I put up a lamp over R’s desk today. The cord was way too long, and rather than just tying it with a cable tie and forgetting about it, I figured out how to shorten it.
The lamp is one of these:
So I looked at the hole where the cord comes out and thought, Maybe I can just stuff the cord in there. I tried, but I could only get a few centimetres in.
So I opened the back of the metal part that attaches to the wall and had a look. Inside there was a white plastic box that was screwed shut.
If it can be screwed shut, then it can be unscrewed and opened, I reasoned. So I opened up the inside of the lamp. Inside I found more cords and what I assume is some sort of LED-friendly transformer. I also found a bunch of empty space. So I filled it:
Then I mounted the lamp on the wall beside R’s desk and patted myself on the back for a job well done.
I took apart our sukkah frame today. The walls actually came down (and got washed, folded, and neatly stowed in a plastic box) the day after Sukkot ended, but the frame has been up this whole time.
I couldn’t find the ladder I had used to put the frame up. A normal person might have gone looking for the ladder; I am not a normal person. I thought about it for a minute and then figured out how to take down the sukkah without needing a ladder at all. And if I can take it down without a ladder, doesn’t it follow that I could put it up without a ladder next year?
Bear with me for a moment while I write a note to myself:
Next year when you take out the sukkah frame, assemble it as follows:
1. Assemble the north wall (two posts and top beam) and attach the first ⅔ of each north-south ceiling beam as well.
2. Use the partial ceiling beams to push the north wall frame upright. Secure posts by screwing them into the fence.
3. Assemble the south wall (two posts, top and bottom beams) and lay it out on the ground, with the bottoms near the base of the north wall.
4. Attach the last ⅓ of each ceiling beam to the other ⅔. Then attach the free end to the south wall assembly (which is still lying on the ground.)
5. Before you raise the south wall into place, attach the bird netting to the ceiling.
6. Attach the 2×3 to the wall of the house with the blue concrete screws. The anchors are already in the brick.
7. NOW raise the south wall into place. Attach the south-west post to the 2×3 with pipe clamps and screws.
8. Anchor the south-east post with a concrete deck block.
9. Give yourself a pat on the back. You’re awesome.
One more thing got taken apart today, but it won’t ever be reassembled. Our fancy corkscrew died. The arm wasn’t moving like it was supposed to, so Mr. December started to fiddle with it.
“Do you have a hammer?” he asked. “I think if I just tap on this part I can get these cogs to line up again.”
We went down to the makery. Several taps of the hammer later, it wasn’t looking good for our corkscrew.
“Uh, sweetheart?” I offered, “Maybe this metal piece with the snapped-off edge has something to do with the malfunction…”
I was right. Of course I was—putting stuff together is my area of expertise. So is online shopping, which comes in handy for replacing things that get broken, if a replacement is needed. Most of the time, though, I can fix things—or even improve them—by taking them apart.