DIY and Shamgar? What?

You know, sometimes blogging is about cool projects or innovations we discover. The point of today’s blog, however, is to let you know that life is not always about creating the grand and beautiful. Taking a cue from Shamgar , sometimes it’s about the little things and starting where you are, using what you have, and doing what you can. But to be clear, I am just talking about DIY, not killing Philistines with an ox goad. (Judges 3:31)

Our house is 11 years-old and some parts are starting to let us know that. The other day, I noticed that the buttons on our dishwasher (which is only about 6 years-old because I fell on the door of the old one) were not sitting in place correctly. The culprit was the plastic face plate, which eventually completely came off. It was totally cosmetic but the cost of repair? You don’t want to know. After having a chat with my friend, Jennifer, who fixed her own ice maker, I decided to put my Chics With Tools money where my mouth was. So, I ordered the parts online and the hubs fixed the dishwasher in just a few minutes. No, I didn’t do it, but that’s okay. That’s more Page’s thing and I am cool with that. 

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The same day, my husband had another annoying repair to make, also in the kitchen. As our younger son was earning some money by cleaning the kitchen chandelier (yes, I have a chandelier in the kitchen), it literally came apart in his hands. A nut that connected the bottom to the top just broke. What? How? Don’t know. The temporary fix was zip ties. One of the electricians who was working in the garage said it would be cheaper to buy a new light fixture. Uh, no. So, Page found a nut in the lighting department at Lowes, rigged it to work, and repaired it for less than $3. Props to the hubs! 

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My accomplishments this week were in the Chics With Tools Makery. I didn’t get a lot done but I did manage to make a rack for our long pieces of wood. There will come a day when we don’t have a scrap pile. But for now, we do, so I used 2”x4”s from the rack that used to hold the same wood and bought some casters at Harbor Freight. We can wheel it wherever it needs to go so we can keep it out of the way. I also made a bin for our shorter pieces of leftovers. It too was made from scrap wood and casters from, you guessed it, Harbor Freight. (I'll paint or stain everything later.)

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So, despite not having accomplished something major this week, I feel really good about what we did get done. We didn’t go spend a pile of money, in fact, we saved ourselves hundreds because we started where we were, used what we had, and did what we could. 

Who knew you could apply a sermon on Shamgar to DIY?