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Jon Freeman De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021 (1198* d) RE: De-clutter & Fitness in a Pandemic: 2021 29 Sep 21

Not much achieved here lately but I did fit a new lock to the porch door yesterday. Mumís wanted to go back to enable services to enter the house via keys kept in a key safe outside. A problem there has been mum finds getting down to lock/unlock the bottom sash lock difficult and weíve just been pushing a bolt across instead. Of course the bolt canít be undone from the outsideÖ I had a look on Amazon and decided this door/gate lock met our needs best.

One thing I didnít notice in the pictures is that the fully retracted side of the bolt (either way) sticks out by more than an inch from the casing. I was aiming to fit the casing to a piece of wood barely wider than the case and, to avoid having the bolt sticking out so people could catch themselves on it, I had to get the hacksaw out and cut the bolt down to size. Fortunately, the bolt seemed to be a plain mild steel and it wasnít that hard to get through but I cut it a fraction too short and the bolt could get caught on the metal casing as a spring in the casing pushed the bolt up.

Printer to the rescue there. It was easy enough to do make a bit of plastic to fit inside and keep the bolt aligned so that it runs smoothly. I also found the trim ring that goes the keyed side was too wide for the space I had so wound up drawing and printing a trim that would fit. All done now. Nothing too hard but what Iíd expected to take me about 20 minutes wound up taking me a couple of hours.

Iíve just unpacked our weekly groceries and have a couple of nice looking cauliflowers so Iíll be making cauliflower cheese for tea tonight.

On pianos, mum has a Kemble Minx which I think (although some others don't like them...) is a very nice sounding compact upright. I wondered a couple of times whether mum would have been better of with a Yamaha Clavinova but she never wanted to go electronic. Unfortunately, mum doesn't have the arm movement to play now.

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