Friday John Ku – AKA TGIF

funny friday


Friday is here and with it another week of reading writing and arith— No hold that. The only arithmetic I did this week was when I had to buy new stainless steel screws at the lumber yard. That’s a story for another day.

Well, that’s not fair to dangle that one out there is it? Okay here’s the story. I opened one of our outside doors facing the Gulf and one of the hinge plates came away from the wood. The screws that had been holding the plate in place rusted, and the screw heads simply fell off. When I inspected the rest of the doors I found all of them in a similar condition.

What I had to do was drill out the old screws and put wood back in the holes so the new screws would have something to hang on to. A total of eight doors needed to be fixed. Each door had three hinges and each hinge had eight screws. That’s a total of  8 doors x 3 x 8 = 192 screws. I had to have a Brinks Armored Car employee walk me to my car with the 192 screws made of gold…er stainless steel. The process took a while but now it will be my wife’s next husband who will have to deal with this problem again. Here is a photo of one of the hinges finished. I was too perplexed to take a before shot.

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Which finally get’s us to this week’s JohnKu that talks about a stitch in time.

Prevention by John W. Howell © 2015

Temporary things,

By nature need nurturing. . .

For maximum use.


  1. Fun haiku – “temporary things’ includes we humans, right? We’re temporary, and we need a LOT of nurturing.

    1. You are so right and yes humans are included.

  2. John, you were working on multiple levels with this one. Well done.
    But EIGHT doors? That’s a lot of s… never mind. I’d better watch what I say if you and Dan get together. 😉 Just kidding. Have a fabulous Friday my friend! Hugs.

    1. Yes, Four of them are French style leading to a deck surround. It is a lot of s… 🙂

  3. Sounds like a Bob Villa week. How do you put wood back in the holes? Glue or putty?

    1. Glue. A bunch of it along with a dowel.

      1. I was thinking either that or putty, but putty never strikes me as solid enough for screws.

      2. You would have to use a product called “Plastic​ Wood.” Dries hard as wood.

  4. That’s a lot of broken golf tees too. That’s the method I use for the fill wood.

    1. Good method. Nice hard wood

  5. First, you scared me John. You promised a stainless screw tale when you commented on my post and I thought you were going to leave me hanging at the cliff. You do have a tendency to do that. I was also wondering if you were going to ask us how many of the hinges, doors and screws were going to St Ives.

    Seriously, that’s a lot of work, but it appears to be a well-done repair. A hat-tip to you for sure.

  6. “Now it will be my wife’s next husband who will have to deal with this problem again.” You crack me up, John.

    1. Thanks, Jill. 😀

  7. Goodness. That is a lot of screws. I would’ve thrown some sort of tantrum for a bit before I fixed it.

    1. A titanium tantrum

  8. Hex-heads – you betcha… and to think they still sell Phillips headed screws.

    1. I pulled Phillips and sunk these one​ and a half inch beauties. TAKE THAT RUST. These doors​ will be the only thing standing after the hurricane

  9. Next week, Ode To An Allen Wrench…

    1. Or a platitude to a plane

  10. Gee, that salty air really does a number on doors, doesn’t it? Glad you discovered the problem and repaired it!

    1. Would be funny to push a door open and have it fall on the deck. (almost happened)​

  11. Good job John. I’m pleased I didn’t have that task to do. I would have made a mess of it. No doubt it took a lot of time. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks Guy. You as well.

  12. You can do anything! Good job! That salt air is hard on those temporary things that need nurturing. Have a good weekend.

    1. Thanks You as well.

  13. I think you’re right John. Those walls will fall before the doors do (knock on wood that you never experience that). Have a great, labor-free weekend.

  14. Oh my goodness, that’s a lot of s… Oops. Someone’s already used my line. 😀 😀 😀
    Fabulous JohnKu. 🙂

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