42. Fix-it Skills


There is a branch of scientific inquiry called thermodynamics, defined below.


The branch of physical science that deals with the relations between heat and other forms of energy (such as mechanical, electrical, or chemical energy), and, by extension, of the relationships between all forms of energy.

One of the most important laws in the study of thermodynamics is the Law of Entropy.  The basic definition of this law is that fundamentally speaking, things break down or fall apart.  My dad the science teacher taught me that.

Something else I picked up from my science teacher father is the skills needed to fix those things that succumb to entropy.  Combined with my innate spacial awareness ability, this means that I’m the family handyman (or handy woman, if you want to be more PC).  Here’s a list of some of the things I’ve fixed since I got married.

    • toilet: repaired, after my son dropped the toilet paper holder into it, and replaced, when my daughter decided to balance her solid glass paper weight on the shower curtain rod and it fell and broke the toilet bowl.
    • shed doors: my son decided it would be fun to break in, now the doors are sort of hanging open.  I still have to fix them from time to time.
    • skillet: noticed that the bottom of the skillet was bowed.  A few strikes with a claw hammer fixed that.
    • Sleep Number bed: disassembled and reassembled during our move.
    • washing machine: sometimes things get caught in the pump.
    • Pilot holes for slat edgesfront step: the original step on our house was too high.  After much discussion with my husband, I built a new one.
    • sink: the bathroom and kitchen sinks both have needed rudimentary repairs.
    • car battery: when the car didn’t even rev, a friend came over and directed me but I did all the work.
    • closet doors: I can’t count the number of times I’ve fixed closet doors in one way or another.
    • shelves: when we had our previous apartment, we were given a set of metal shelves.  I’ve put them up and taken them down any number of times.
    • pantry: my mother-in-law bought us this wooden pantry.  I was the one who put the thing together.

Finished cabinet drawer repair (with Cimmy)

      • cabinets: I put those plastic child proofing latches on the cabinet doors beneath the kitchen sink, and repaired a cabinet drawer.

Tool organization (wide shot)

      • peg boards: I installed two peg boards in the house, one in the kitchen and one in the entryway closet.
        • car fluids: I’m usually the one who checks the oil levels in the car.
        • flat tire: Thanks for teaching me how to do this, Daddy.

fence section backyard side

      • fence: built one from some boards my husband bought me when our son was getting into other people’s yards.
      • tSteading the legsable: it wiggles, it wobbles… it gets fixed.  Daddy provided the materials and pre-drilled the pieces.
      • fuPutting in shimsrnace door: my son was flipping the breaker switch on our furnace, so we needed a door installed.  Guess who did most of the work on that one?

I should mention that this list isn’t comprehensive, since I couldn’t remember everything I’ve been able to build or fix since I got married. Seriously!  Anyway, thank you, Daddy, for teaching me that some things which break down can be fixed.

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