Tuesday, February 17, 2009
I saw this random hair-do on one of my favorite blogs (HELLOmynameisHeather) and bribed Ginger to sit still for it. Pigtails and braids are great, but they can only take you so far--this 'do is made of knots. Which is her hair's natural state. You're supposed to use Trash Ties, which I don't have, but I'm really excited to get some. I think it turned out pretty cute and silly. Not your usual pig-tails.
Sunday, February 15, 2009
We went to the Valentine's Build and Grow workshop at Lowe's over the weekend. It was our first and it was AWESOME! And free! Ginger built a cute jewelry box and hammered all the nails herself; without hitting my fingers once. They gave us the materials, tools, candy, and a patch for completing the project. If we go next time we'll get an apron to sew the patch onto. What a sweet deal and a great hour spent with my daughter.
Unfortunately for Lowe's, Ginger told everyone she saw afterwards that she had made a jewelry box at Home Depot. I think its okay, though; this workshop was really popular. We got there on time and all the chairs were already taken. People started sitting on the floor, which is where we ended up. Thanks Lowe's! It was a lot of fun!
Thursday, February 12, 2009
The true story was that one of the garage door springs broke. There are two springs per door and they help the motor lift it. The sound that I heard was the sound of the broken spring swinging down and hitting the inside of the garage door. Metal on metal.
We found out quickly that without springs, garage doors are REALLY heavy. We were running late for a party when this happened and the car was trapped. Luke had to hold the door up (and hold his breath) while I drove out.
We found out from the friendly folks at Home Depot that you should never replace just one spring (will cause a ratcheting effect when the door lifts) and that you must know how much your door weighs in order to buy new springs (if you get the wrong weight spring for the door, you'll burn out your motor). But finding out how much the garage door weighs is surprisingly easy: just put your bathroom scale under it. Wa-hoo. Ours weighed 100 lbs, and we needed to be within 15 pounds. The closest spring weight was 110 lbs. so that's what we got.
(The old springs. The one on the left is the broken one. You can see it doesn't have its loopy end anymore)
We made some mistakes while we tried to replace the springs, and now the right things to do seem really obvious. For instance, these are springs we're dealing with. When the door is down, the spring is stretched and taut and dangerous (if they break, or come unhooked). When the door is up the spring is relaxed, it's easy to work with (wait, wait, Physical Science 110 is coming back to me...something about kinetic, no potential? energy...maybe not).
(Two new springs installed. You can see the safety cables running out of them in to the left)