So here we go -- Manning Up. I'm a lot handier than people give me credit for. Honestly, I act like a damsel in distress about half the time because I know I can get someone else to do it. Manipulative - I know, I know - but hey - it works! But recently I've discovered that I actually like to do manual labor. I find it to be very therapeutic and relaxing.
Yesterday I took in my dilapidated screen to Orchard Supply Hardware (O.S.H.) in hopes of getting an instant replacement. But alas! OSH does not carry pre-made screens. Oh no, no, no! They sell kits so you so you can make it yourself. YIKES! What was I to do?! I did my best attempt to be a pathetic girly girl so that I could have one of the employees build it for me. Sadly, it did not work. :( However, one gentleman did go above and beyond helping me - so I got as much out of it as I could but still had to build a screen all by myself.
Ch-ch-check it out!
|Easy as 1-2-3 - ha! Yeah right.|
|Easy to build - NOT. False advertising!|
|Assemble all the materials.|
|...including this fine toothed hacksaw. Intimidated yet?!|
|Measure the length of the sides of the old screen.|
|Breaking out the hacksaw -- feeling dangerous!|
|Feeling cornered... (lame joke, I know :P)|
|Add corners to perfectly hacksawed metal sides...|
|Part deux of corner adding...|
|Assemble all the sides together and...|
|Ta Da! A well shaped window screen frame. Yay me!|
|Time to add the metal thingamabobber boos to one side of the frame to ensure a snug fit.|
|Actually I forgot to put this in first so I had to take apart the frame with the help of some dude walking by. He felt really bad for me. I made sure to sound extra pathetic and weak ;)|
|Screen time! Put the screen over entire frame with 2 inches to spare on all sides. Place rubber string thinger in place...|
|...using this fine tool that the OSH team let me use to make things easier for lil ole me. ;)|
|Sweet Jerry from OSH inspecting my work. 'Wow, you've worked with your hands before haven't you?,' he says, 'not everyone can do this.' Best compliment ever! Thanks Jerry! :D|
|Jerry shows me how to cut the excess screen and lets me use his razor to finish the rest.|
|All done! Look at me Ma! I'm a man!|
And that concludes this portion of The Man Show. Thanks for watching! :)