Fix It Strikes Again
guys! Herman has shown me a new side to his jack of all
trades. It started like this: I have horizontal blinds covering
the front windows. They are Venetian style but made of natural
wood. And they are painted white.
one of the strings was virtually shredded on one of the
blinds, making it impossible to be raised all the way. And
no matter how hard you tried, it looked uneven. Now, this
was driving me nuts. This was just about the time that Herman
tells me he is going to take a trip to Wal-Mart to find
a replacement string. I decided to ride along.
original blinds cost me about $100 apiece, so they were
worth trying to save. Plus, the supplier I got them from
no longer carried them. So, into Wal-Mart we go. Herman
makes a bee-line for the fabric department. I’m like,
“Why are we going here?” Herman was convinced
this was where the string would be found.
first, I insisted we try the window coverings department.
Which we did. And they didn’t have any extra strings.
According to Herman, not just any string would do. It had
to be about the same thickness as the original, or the blinds
would still hang crooked. I hate anything crooked in the
into the fabric department we went. And you know what? They
actually had several different thickness strings available.
Herman picked the closest one in size to the original and
we waited for the service lady to clip and mark the string.
we got home, Herman went to work in earnest. I was skeptical
at best, but Herman felt certain he could repair the blind.
And much to my amazement, after painstakingly cutting one
end of the old string off and tying the new one to it to
feed it through the old holes, he managed to put new string
where the old frayed one was.
true test was putting the blind back up and hauling the
slats up to see if it would hang evenly. I was amazed when
it did. I have new found admiration for Herman and his fix-it
ability. He even cleaned off the top of the blinds housing,
which never gets dusted because it’s out of sight,
out of reach and therefore out of mind.
I can add this to Herman’s talents (and now, of course,
his responsibilities!) I just need to get him to work on
dusting off the other blinds tops. And then there are the
dirty ceiling fan blades. And we have 17 foot ceilings in
our living room. That sounds like a whole other story!
Spira, a native of Cleveland who pursued an acting career
in NYC and Los Angeles, now pursues free lance writing from
Caroga Lake here in Fulton County. Previous columns may be
accessed at her web site www.kathrynskorner.com"