Sunday, August 23, 2009

Six Screws and Fifty +/- Tools

You will get a big laugh because after all was said and done, I did. In a previous entry, I went through the steps in making one of two shades for the utility room. I shorten the ties and I like the look now. And, read to the end for I have a tip to share.

In preparation for the second shade, the object was to remove a pleated shade and its hardware involving 4 screws and mounting two brackets for the new shade involving 2 screws. Sounds simple, doesn't it?

I needed a step ladder to climb up on the higher bar stool. Just try standing on that bar around the bottom of the stool to climb on top of it! And, yes, yes, I know there is a ton of dust on the drill bit tool box, but it's place is in the barn.

A collection of tools on the washing machine.

Another collection of tools on the window. BTW, are you suppose to dust windows ledges hidden behind a shade? lol

Without writing a book, the problem was trying to find the proper size flat head screw driver to remove the screws in the pleated curtain hardware. Next, find the proper size Phillips screw head to keep from stripping the head of the screw and then getting the screw all the way into the oak window casing. TIP: Stick the screw in a bar of soap so it will screw all the way in.

This is the new bracket and you have my permission to laugh. BTW, after the last screw was done, I took a nap instead of starting on the second shade. As Scarlett O'Hara would say, "I'll think about that tomorrow."

Until next time, God bless.

8 comments:

Lily said...

Looks like a good day's work to me. And no, you're not supposed to remove the dust from the window sills... That will upset the balance of nature!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think you were smart to take a nap. It really helps to be rested to see the funny side of things. ;-)

DJan said...

Sticking the screw into the bar of soap was brilliant! Did you think that up by yourself? I agree with Lily: please leave dust alone on window sills... it adds character.

Lynn said...

DJan, did I think it up? Yes and no.

I was totally at wits end when the thought occurred to me. Then, I remembered doing that to stubborn diaper pens when my boys were babies. lol So I got two new screws, stabbed a bar of soap, and voila! The screws went all the way into the oak, which as you know is very, very hard.

Jane said...

Patent your screwing tip before somebody else does! :)

Brenda said...

I love Scarlett's philosophy and totally agree with it.

I used to be pretty handy with my tools, not so much any more.

Pollyanna said...

I recently hung cornices in our family room. I had everything measured and the brackets were up for all three windows. I put the cornices on the brackets and they fit beautifully. The problem? I hadn't made the cornices wide enough to get up between the end of the cornice and the blinds with a screwdriver. I couldn't take the blinds down because I wouldn't have been able to get them back up once the cornice was screwed in place. I ended up having to take the brackets down and turn them 90 degrees. Something that was going to take me a couple of hours turned into a three day affair :)

astrogalaxy said...

Sometimes, I do also like to fix things around the house. But I find drilling one of the toughest.
So I think you've done a great job and it looks pretty too.