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Household spring repair kit

Cut to length plastic rods
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A set of flexible/compressible plastic rods in varying diameters. Cut to length as needed to temporarily replace a broken compression spring in applications like door latches. Most households have enough spring-loaded latches and other gizmos to make these worthwhile repair items to keep on hand.

That's the short version. The long version, how and why I came up with it:

Yesterday morning my shower door didn't close properly. I took the latch apart and saw why - a small spring inside had broken. I ordered a new one (link) and it'll be here tomorrow ... or the next day, or whenever.

But I wanted to fix this one, at least temporarily, so I can use the shower. So I asked my wife for some of her earplugs*. I squished one into a flat disk and stuffed it in where the spring had been. It didn't spring back with enough force so I squeezed in TWO earplugs and it was perfect. I think it's actually better than the original design as the rebound is slightly softer (and quieter) than with the metal spring. I probably won't install the new latch until/unless this "temporary" fix fails.

*She keeps a bunch of the (cheap) disposable, replaceable kind in her range bag. Mine are (expensive) custom fitted ones as I spend more time at the range than she does.

kdf, Oct 26 2020

Shower door latch ... https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000FKDL06
... there's a metal spring inside, behind the nylon part [kdf, Oct 26 2020]

Dulce et Decorum est https://www.poetryf...ulce-et-decorum-est
Comes across just a trifle ... bitter and cycnical, perhaps ? [8th of 7, Oct 27 2020]


       I'll bun that [+].   

       Your spouse puts in range time? I'll bun that too!
whatrock, Oct 26 2020

       What, doesn't everybody?
kdf, Oct 26 2020

We've had several exchange students stay with us over the years and it blows their minds when we take them for a drive into the bush just to pop off rounds at targets.

       Jeez people, get a Playstation or something! I've never understood the North American obsession with shooting guns for "fun". It's a waste of good ammo.
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 26 2020

       I've never understood anyone's obsession with video games.

       We never let our kids play with toy guns either, because we wanted them to understand that guns are NOT toys.
kdf, Oct 26 2020

       For me, it's mostly escapism (well, it was... mine died a few months ago...). I can explore places and do things that I can't in the real world. And it doesn't use petrol or ammo (yes, my favourite games mostly involve shooting, but I generally take a "only kill for survival" philosophy. And there aren't enough non-gun-based (but not sports) games around).   

       Back on topic, I do like the idea. Any way to do tension springs in a similar manner?
neutrinos_shadow, Oct 26 2020

       // Any way to do tension springs in a similar manner? //   

       Rubber Bands?
scad mientist, Oct 26 2020

       And [+] for pointing out a new use for something.
scad mientist, Oct 26 2020

       neutrinos_shadow, thank you for straying back on topic*. I think scad_mientist has the right idea on tension bands - though getting something just the right length and tension for many applications won't be as easy. I've seen kits of assorted tension springs at hardware stores, and passed them up on the basis of "I'll never find the one I need, when I need it." Cut to fit compression elastomers seems easier.   

       *PS I didn't really need to explain how/why we have earplugs in the house. It's a true story, but explaining that detail was just for fun, to see who would react...
kdf, Oct 26 2020

       I like the idea. I fix things with little homemade inventions temporarily all the time.   

       //I've never understood the North American obsession with shooting guns for "fun". It's a waste of good ammo.//   

       It's not just fun, ammo does little good if your firearm isn't sighted in. It's also about teaching gun safety... and it's fun!
Especially just after Halloween for the annual pumpkin shoot. The bestest most biodegradable targets there are.

       I know what you mean, [kdf]. I mean look at all the slaughter and mayhem being caused by people who grew up with toy cars.
Voice, Oct 27 2020

       Exactly! People without the proper training and temperament shouldn't be allowed to use guns OR cars. For both, I favor testing and licensing for the users, and registration of ownership - be it guns or cars.
kdf, Oct 27 2020

       // What, doesn't everybody? //   

       No. An occasional bit of social trap-shooting with a 20-bore, or a few shots with a low-recoil black powder muzzle loader out of curiosity, but not "regular", no.   

       However, spending endless hours at local community group committee meetings that are just talking shops and achieve nothing is absolutely fine ...   

8th of 7, Oct 27 2020

       Obviously, the solution is to take your 20-bore to the community group committee meetings. The committee would have to yield the floor (or hit the floor) when you want to speak.
kdf, Oct 27 2020

       Her 20-bore is a trifle ... underpowered ... for what that bunch of worthless windbags deserve. Something around the 16mm calibre (or slightly larger) by all means, but perhaps sporting the magical name "Oerlikon" on the breech ...   

       As to what we'd like to say to the committee, "T'dr'duzk b'hazg t't !" sums it up nicely. They wouldn't understand, of course, but since they struggle with momentous decisions like "Tea or coffee ?" it hardly matters.   

       And it wouldn't change the outcome; nothing they do ever does, so there's a precedent.   

       But go off to the range for a couple of hours, and the atmosphere of sullen resentment can be cut with a knife ...
8th of 7, Oct 27 2020

       With that battle cry, you'd be better off wielding some dwarf battle bread. Or at least an axe.   

       Afterthought - how do you say it in Klingon?
kdf, Oct 27 2020

       Axes we got. Everything from hatchets and tomahawks up to felling axes, Lochabers, Partisans and Halberds.   

       As to battle bread, we know someone whos fruit scones could usefully be included as shrapnel in cluster bombs ...   

       In Klingon, "DaHjaj 'oH QaQ jaj latlh Hegh vay' ! ". It is normal to spit after shouting (It MUST be shouted) as a gesture of contempt and/or defiance.
8th of 7, Oct 27 2020

       I prefer the dwarf version; it makes clear who's supposed to die. It is always glorious for the other man to die for his country - at least the survivor says so.
kdf, Oct 27 2020

       "Dulce et decorum est ... "   


       Patton (George S.) had it about right: "You are not here to die for your country. You are here to make some other poor sonofabitch die for his ..."
8th of 7, Oct 27 2020

       I knew you would go there so I had this queued up...   

       "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori, sed dulcius pro patria vivere, et dulcissimum pro patria bibere. Ergo, bibamus pro salute patriae."
kdf, Oct 27 2020

       "... an' ... an' ... an'I'lltellyouanotherthing ... notherthing ... you're my beshtest mate you are ... eh ? Hic ... "
8th of 7, Oct 27 2020

       //see who would react//   

       Since you asked, the biggest problem I have is with the lead pollution. Even low-power rounds such as a .22 short splash into smallish drops when they strike a hard object, and supersonic rounds disintegrate into fine dust. I'm well aware that lead has spectacular advantages - it's dense, soft, and cheap - but heavy metal pollution is appallingly intractible and insidious.   

       On the other hand, your "founding fathers" were right - it is insane to give up one's means of defense to one's only predator.   

       Slightly back on topic, rubber bands have been used to supplement or replace gun springs. I did this myself recently (and yes, the projectile was steel, not lead).
spidermother, Nov 02 2020


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