I’m trying to fix a small bolt to the door of the canary-coloured caravan (here-on-after referred to as the C3) and I just can’t do it! How can a fiddling little thing like this completely vanquish me? It only cost a couple of ££. All it needs is 6 screws screwing in – so far I have managed to screw in 2 – halfway… I’m now having a cup of tea and moaning at the computer (OV is busy!)
I went to find a screwdriver – huh – where was the one with the right size end? And it had to be Phillips too. Then I just couldn’t get the thing to go in, so I went off to find the electric screwdriver – working on the theory that I’d be more likely to find the right size ‘bit’ and that the power tool would be stronger than me (the board door is VERY hard). The power tool is ‘wireless’ and the battery was flat. The place where you store the recharger was empty. I went to OV. He poked around in a drawer full of odd bits and pieces and drew out a plug which looked possible. I set the thing to charge. Two hours later I tested it. IT WORKED! I took the tool out to the C3 and tried it on the offending screws. It tried to work – it truly did! It huffed and it puffed and it…. died. I now have 2 scews 2/3 of the way in and 4 lying on the table.
Perhaps after a cup of tea…….


About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset - but have had to leave the countryside at a little distance, having moved into town.
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4 Responses to Bleurgghh!

  1. Mary Robinson says:

    Have you tried making a hole with a bradall first? You could even try an old fashioned hand drill!

  2. apthomas says:

    Ah dear Mary – I was ahead of you there regarding the bradall – we don’t own a hand drill and the electric one terrifies me (it’s an OV tool, definitely!)
    In the end I coaxed 5 screws in, but the first I tried succumbed to the onslaught and gave up its middle – so next time I am passing with a hammer……!

  3. Susan in TX says:

    I can’t tell you how many screws I have hammered into things because I didn’t have the strength to screw them in properly and dh was out of pocket. I feel your pain, but it made me chuckle just a little to know I was not alone in the “lack-of-power-tool-prowess” world. 🙂

  4. apthomas says:

    We are a noble band, we who hammer in screws! Stuck-in-a-book has a functional set of bookshelves which very much rely on that approach! Bodgers forever!

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