Friday, October 28, 2016

Fixing a Broken Lid on a "Sip" by Swell

If you bought a Sip by Swell from Target, congratulations, they are really a great product.  Insulated well, they keep your drinks cold or hot.  If you were unfortunate enough, however, to try and disinfect the lid by boiling it, only to find that the lid no longer stayed tight, well, I'm sorry for your loss.

I spent way too much time trying to figure out why the lid was broken, turns out the entire plastic assembly inside became disconnected from the metal casing, not just the top of it.  So, yeah, the screw part is plastic, not metal.

I thought then that I could just remove the metal casing to fix it, but during the process of trying to remove the casing with a pair of "long nosed vice grips" aka pliers, I luckily crimped the side sufficiently to lock the metal casing in place with the plastic threading.  So, voila, repaired.

I'm not sure if it counts as serendipity.  I mean, I did try to get a repaired lid, that is, top, but not a repaired top in this fashion.  Maybe the Persian Princesses of Serendip would know.  Have a good one!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Salvaging: Safety First

So, I cut myself the other day salvaging parts from an old dishwasher somebody left on the parkside.  It wasn't that bad, or at least that's what I tell myself.  I should have been wearing my work gloves, but it was one of those cliche thoughts, "What could go wrong?"  I mean, I don't like being paranoid, and it really did seem unlikely that I would generate enough force to put a 1/8" deep cut in my finger just from pulling off the electric motor.  Before you ask, yes I unscrewed it first.  Maybe it was from doing it at 5:30 in the morning.  It was dark.  Maybe it's like the darkside.  It's dark so the metal is more dangerous.  Maybe it was like my cave moment.  Or maybe the dishwasher was cursed!

I guess my hand hit the metal framing at the bottom and that was enough to cut it.  I was dumbfounded when I looked at my finger.  Blood was flowing.  My first reaction was to try to put pressure on it, but I decided to let the blood flow a little bit to make sure any dirt or crud would come out.  I mean, it was bleeding pretty substantially, but I had enough sense to know that it wasn't so bad that it wouldn't stop on its own.  I busted out the first aid kit when I got home, and put antibacteria cream on it and a bandage.  Now, of course, I wear gloves over the bandage, even a pair of vinyl gloves for when I do dishes, and, of course, the lesson here is, always wear gloves when doing your salvage jobs!