Sunday, July 29, 2012

Jury-Rigging household skills

All right. I fully admit that, between Calmer Half and myself, if a half-disassembled carburetor appeared on the kitchen table - I'd be the culprit. Why yes, that was an oil filter cutter serving double duty as a paperweight until it could go out to the hangar. Still, I can cook, clean, and mop up with the best of housewives.

On the other hand, when it came time to repair a fraying hole in my work shorts, I had to screw up my brain and think... "What would Jeannie do?"

I may have some talents and creativity - but I have lived with a woman who can mentally design and sew a dress from scratch and fabric scraps in time to inform me "You unexpectedly got the night of the costume ball off? No backing out for lack of dress for you! Stand there for the final fitting, and put this on!"

So I pondered, and then headed to the craft store, where I found a heat-bond adhesive I've seen her use, and carefully cut scraps of denim from a ragged pair of shorts past saving to patch size. (Did you know you have to buy fabric by the yard - unlike Aircraft Spruce & Specialty, they don't seem to sell dollar patches in the fabric section.)

Everything looks like a go for assembling and repair. Except - I don't have a clothes iron to set to "medium, no steam." ...Or... wait...

One run to the hangar later, the hobby iron that shrunk my doped fabric was pressed into service. Guess I'll soon find out why the instructions kept stating "Do NOT use your wife's iron on your aircraft project!"

For now, I can wear these shorts in to work tomorrow. Yay! I'm no Jeannie, but she's taught me enough to survive in a pinch.


  1. Why do I think this is not going to end well?

  2. Actually if you go to the fabric section of Walmart they have iron on denim colored patches in a variety of tones to match however faded your shorts are.

  3. LOL, that must have been fun to watch! :-) But better than bare ass hanging out of teh shorts!!!

  4. MSGt B - why would you ever say that? Perfectly safe, I assure you. Now here, hold my beer while I put the finishing touches on...

    AlaskanGeekArchitect - Walmart, eh? Walmart trumps the craft store? Now I know, and knowing is half the battle!

    NFO - help up for the first day back on the job, so it's been good so far.

  5. Hah!

    They also have "fat quarters" for quilters. Sometimes in some really crazy patterns. :p