Sometimes it’s best to just go redneck.

I built all the Lair’s cabinets – under Neighbor D’s watchful eye, but still – my work. So of course it’s imperfect at best. And one side of the overhead cabinets has been sagging for some time and getting worse. One joint in particular was not built nearly strong enough. I knew how to fix it but couldn’t really see how to push it back up into shape so I could make the repair. It would take considerable force at a really awkward angle.

Finally occurred to me that I possessed exactly the right tool, right out in the Jeep…

jack
Worked great!

I’ve got it nailed and glued back into place, but I need to bring home a couple of brackets from the Big Town when I go there Wednesday. Otherwise I’ll probably be doing this again in a few years.

I was joking with Landlady over coffee this morning that the Secret Lair is suffering schizophrenia: I never did finish anything in the main cabin, but I’ll be bringing home a whole bunch of trim for finishing the addition in the Spring and I’m obsessing over colors. Someday after I’m gone somebody’s going to break in and wonder, “Did two different people live here?” 🙂

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8 Responses to Sometimes it’s best to just go redneck.

  1. Charlotte boord says:

    Necessity is the mother of invention. You’re brilliant!

  2. Ben says:

    Except perhaps for that chunk of firewood, I see nothing “redneck” in that picture. A bottle jack is a perfectly legitimate tool.

  3. Mike says:

    I see the outback mantra of improvise adapt and overcome is alive and well in the gulch, nicely done…

  4. Norman says:

    Joel, that’s not “redneck,” it’s a “field expedient.”

  5. Anonymous says:

    I have also, however, heard the term “Afro engineering” used for such a case. Although it is no longer politically correct to tell the truth about fourth world culture, so “redneck” it is these days…

  6. Joel says:

    🙂 It’s always okay to make fun of rednecks. Which is irrelevant, since I’ve rarely met a redneck not perfectly happy to make fun of himself.

  7. Who...Me? says:

    Actually a bottle jack is a time honored tool used in the carpentry trade to jack up all manner of sagging structure, including whole houses.

  8. no will will wonder if two people or one schizophrenic lived there. will just assume that you had the occasional lady friend stay over.

To the stake with the heretic!