Thursday, February 27, 2014

Farm Chore du Jour: Doorknob Repair

This morning I found the doorknob on the store broken. Since Brett was a work, Sarah and I decided to try to fix it ourselves. After all, we needed customers to be able to enter the store.
 
Peeking through the hole in the door after we removed the doorknob.

You may be thinking that doorknob repair isn’t really a farm chore. That is true. However, when you own a farm, you have to be a handyman (or handywoman in this case) or you’ll go broke hiring people to fix all the things that go wrong on a farm.
The insides of a doorknob

Neither Sarah nor I had ever fixed a doorknob before, so we weren’t aware that the springs inside would cause pieces to fly out when we took it off the door. We nearly lost a couple of critical parts. It was a lot like doing a jigsaw puzzle to get it back together. Then we found the cause of the breakage in the hole that the doorknob fits in… two loose screws.

Between the wacky weather we’ve been having and the fact that the building is 83 years old, I guess they wiggled their way out of their intended places. There was no sign of vandalism.  

Thankfully, we had enough mechanical ability between the two of us to be able to put it all back together before our first customer arrived.

Success!