Friday, September 25, 2009

How many engineers...

It will just take a few minutes. Most things that go wrong start with just such thinking just so you know... Last nights brain storm was to install a lever lock on the powder bath door. It's the one room that the boys just won't stay out of. Connor loves to unroll the toilet paper, and Ryan, well Ryan likes to shut the door - generally shutting both of them in the bathroom in the dark.

So, a few weeks ago while shopping for a shower gift for some friends I picked up a couple of locks. And last night I decided to install one. So I pulled it out of the box, read the directions and proceeded to install it. I peeled the tape backing off the sticky stuff carefully maneuvered the lock around the lever handle and positioned it just so then pressed it firmly in place.

After about a minute I decided to try it out. Pull the door shut, set the lock, and open it. Only, the door wouldn't actually shut with the lock installed. Apparently our handles are too close to the edge of the door and the lock hits the door frame and does not allow the door to close. Oops. Kevin and I then spent the next 30 minutes trying to get the thing off the door before it had time to really stick. Only once the sticky stuff makes contact, despite the advised 24hour curing period, it sticks. Really, really well.

After sawing at it with fishing line we did finally manage to get it off. The door still in once piece. Though while looking at the lock while Kevin tried in vain to get it off I realized that it was probably a good thing that the door wouldn't close. Turns out the lock is pretty much a one-way lock. You can get in, but you couldn't have gotten back out. Why would anyone design a lock like that?? That's just asking to be locked in somewhere.

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