Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Handy Me

I feel handy! Normally I leave the home improvment or home repairs to Prince Charming. But since what I "fixed" is not used by him often enough for it to bother him, I figured I would do it.

The little light under the microwave that shines on the stove top has been out for a while. By "a while" I mean more than 6 months. Maybe longer....Well today I decided HOW HARD CAN IT BE ??? Probably mounting a new microwave would have been easier......

So I dig out a phillips head screw driver & remove the screw that holds the cover. Icky! No matter how clean you are, there ARE dead bugs in there. Yuck. Anyway I thought there would be a screw in bulb. Turns out there are 2 prong type halogen bulbs. They came out pretty easy. Went to Lowe's and after looking through the asortment & matching the prongs & matching the little spring in the bulb, I come home with 2 halogen bulbs. You can't TOUCH those things. So? How's THAT gonna work?

Well, let me tell you! I had to nearly lay on the stove top to stick those jobbies IN. They only go in one way. One went in with no problem. The second was more challenging. It probably took less time than I thought, but I was in a very uncomfortable position. Got them in, re-screwed the light plate in.

And? Viola! LIGHT. Under the microwave! We use it as a night light. (During the summer / warmer months you certainly can NOT cook with that light on - or you get willing protein volunteers - later to be dead bugs!) I'm glad I got it done.

On a good note, I don't know what I did right, but I finally got my longarm machine to stop breaking the thread. I took the presser foot plate off & cleaned that area. It was much more clean than I anticpated. Rethreaded again. Now I have to readjust my tension. AND......I have a whole row of quilting to frog stitch.

A. Whole. Row. It's 95 inches wide. Pretty sure it would never come apart, but I have spent way too much time on this quilt to leave that row in it, so I'll frog. Frog & frog some more. But when I get it done, it will be worth it.

That's what I keep telling myself anyway..............



Barb said... certainly are the handy person...but don't tell your husband, he may leave these little jobs to you for now on.

Glad you got your longarm working good again.

Chris said...

I commend you. As much of a pain as these things are, it's good to know how to do stuff like that. Since I've enever heard of "halogen light installation" lessons, I guess you have to learn by doing.