Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2009 - Out with the Old and In with the NEW!

There comes a time in each person's life, when you have to get rid of the old and install the new. Being known as a very non mechanical person, I have to admit that I have pleasantly surprised myself this week. Periodically, I take an inventory of what needs to be done in my house, and then I rank the items in order of importance. As a year long goal, I have decided that I need to replace each and every door knob in my home before 2010. I calculated the approximate cost of calling the handyman and having him replace the knobs. At $30 and hour, before supplies, I estimated that for him to replace all the door knobs in my house, I would pay him, conservatively, over $300. Ouch! Add in the cost of the knobs, and I could practically buy a new torch set up and oxygen concentrator. Almost, but not quite. So, I thought, what was the worst I could do? My guess was ruin a door and/or discover I really couldn't change a door knob. This is pretty much what each door knob in my house looks like. I think they are all originals, and my house is about 35 years old. It's time for a change. Out with the old and in with the new.
The trip to Menard's proved fruitful. I bought 2 closet/bathroom door knobs. Then, I came home and began my work. I searched the internet before I started on the ways to remove an old door knob and the way to replace a new one. I didn't have to drill any holes in my doors, I just had to take off the old knob and put in the new one. Seems easy enough to me. I found the drill that I could use with screwdriver bits. Did you know these drills are reversible? I found that out after I pulled out the manual screw drivers. One little switch was all it took. The hard part was taking out the plate on the side of the door. It took a while. Those plates have been in there for a long time! I'm also glad that I researched this task on the internet. The directions that came with the door knobs were written in 3 languages, and they were very hard to understand. The directions ran into each other, so I was trying to rely on the pictures. The only problem was, the pictures were for a different type of knob. Oh, well. An hour later, I had installed not one door knob, but two brand new door knobs. They work, too! I was so proud of myself. The only problem that I encountered was that there was the same piece left over from both door knobs. I couldn't figure out where it went. I still don't know, but, if they knobs work and turn and fit, I'm okay with it. Take a look at my new door knobs! I'm so proud!

What a difference, and no ruined doors! I was so happy with my work that, today, I went back to Menards and bought 3 more door knobs! This time, they were the kind you use in the bedroom and bathroom, and they have locks! This should be fun. I just hope I don't have any left over pieces. Oh, well, if they work, who cares?


Ramblings of a lunatic mom and lampworker said...

You go girlfriend!! I'll never forget the time I switched the propane bottle for my torch and then one time set the torch up all by myself. That feeling!!

Good luck with all the others. You can do it.

Deb said...

Well done Ms M! See I told you that you could do it!
The new ones look pretty darn spiffy too ;o)
Just remeber the tip about there being a bar (usually) in the locking ones - that's a piece you dont want to have left over ;o)

Maggie said...

Good for you Mallory!

You'll be an expert by the time I hopefully buy a house this summer. Hmmm, what can I tempt you with to get you to come to California and help me with handyman chores?

Rita'z R-tistic Ramblez said...

Good job Mallory!! What a pain it can be if you don't know chinese!! It always seems instructions for everything are written in a language better understood in anything but English. Hugs!!!