Friday, March 6, 2009

Update On The Monster, Killer, Horror Bolt and Lock

Update: I know you have all been anxiously waiting to hear the status of the monster, killer, horror bolt and lock. The points on the bolt have now been filed to razor blade sharpness. Instead of cutting like a knife, they now slice like a razor. *sigh* There are seven other points on the bolt, and they have all been filed down to the precision of a surgical instrument. I know, I know, someone meant well, but what is that saying --- the road to h*ll is paved with good intentions. Oh, yes, I should know that by now... Oh, goodness, yes...

Unfortunately I don't have very big hands. My pinky ring is a size 2-1/2 -- believe it or not -- so when I slide the bolt, my hand gets sliced. The bolt sticks, and it's almost impossible to open it without forcing it. It's even more difficult to close it once it's open. One of the residents in our building -- of the male persuasion -- is putting forward a motion to the council to have the bolt removed. It seems I am not the only one whose hand has been sliced. After the eighth time it happened, I thought perhaps I should complain bring it to someone's attention.

I don't want to sound sexist, but some things do fall under the bailiwick of male expertise, and this bolt and lock is definitely a guy thing. I hope the women on the council will let the men deal with it, once and for all. Either that, or hire Mag Ruffman the "Tool Girl". She would fix it. It's a garbage shed, folks... There is nothing of value in there. If anyone wants my old, used coffee grounds, egg shells and Kleenex, they're welcome to them. Bottles, metal, newspapers and cardboard items are placed in the blue recycling bins -- unlocked -- so what is the point in locking up unrecyclable garbage?

Sometimes I just don't know...

15 comments:

Miss_Nobody said...

Eh.forget about fixing it,remove it lol and the next time you confront it wear gloves,dragon hide :D

Just Breathe said...

You know, Jo, there must be something universal about sh**y locks on garbage sheds! Ours has one too! It has yet to cut anyone but has locked a few kids inside. And if anyone out there knows why the garbage shed needs to be locked, I would love to know the reason. Perhaps it keeps the pesky racoons out as they are fairly adept at opening unlocked doors?
By the way, thank you for your kind words. Blogger still won't let me respond to comments on my own blog. Pooh.

Lorna said...

I would go and remove that blasted thing and toss it into the lake. (Oh am I littering?)

Then when people complain that the lock and bolt are gone I would clap my hands to my face and say OH MY! They might look at me in an accusatory way, but they wouldn't be able to prove anything.

When they do replace it, if they are bats enough to do so, they will probably know well enough to replace it with an easy to use lock.

If they insist on putting blades there, I would go and break it off in the middle of the night and toss it. Then they would have to fix it again.

By that time they will probably be more interested in getting something that will not anger anyone to destroy it.

Lorna

greenpanda said...

Well, it's not that men are better..... just that they are more willing to learn how to do it than women. Oooh gee, now I sound sexist.
Thanks for your kind comment on my last post Jo. You're more than welcome to use the title for your sidebar. And thanks for calling me wise :D

lovelyprism said...

I can't believe it takes a committee to decide what to do about a lock that is injuring people! Sheesh. I agree with Lorna, ditch it and then act surprised when they mention it.

the walking man said...

1) WD-40 is not a lubricant it is a penetrating mixture that washes lubricants away.

2) The filing necessary can not be accomplished with the bolt installed and assembled.

3) Disassembling the bolt would destroy it. So it needs be replaced and LUBRICATED if it is to be safely functional.

4) Maybe the idea is to keep the homeless out of your garbage. After all they may find that your old coffee grounds can still have some joe squeezed out of them.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

I say remove the offending lock! Just be sure to place in the correct recycling bin.

Avril Fleur said...

So, in the meantime, so that you don't keep getting hurting, please get a good pair of gloves, like some really heavy duty gardening gloves or something similar which you can get from any kind of hardware store, and wear the gloves to open that lock from now on. Please. I worked in a auto factory for three years and dealt with parts with sharp edges quite frequently and gloves saved my poor hands and fingers many times over. Plus, the gloves will help you to open and close the lock a little more easily, since you'll have that extra cushion in there. They don't cost much. Maybe $5-$10 but well worth not continuing to get hurt until a sensible decision is finally made on this issue! Which, looking at how this committee runs, seems like it could be awhile!!

white crow said...

let the guys do wat they r gud at XD.
step aside lady, dude on d business.

Arley said...

Oh Lorna, you are always good for a laugh, thank you!

Jo- That is by far the gaudiest (I doubt that is a word, but I couldn't think of a better one) lock I have ever seen. It's just garbage, not the Hope Diamond. As I said before, it's just a bunch of middle aged women on a power trip. I think you should show them where they can stick that lock!!
(Sorry Jo, I have a tendency to not be very nice when I'm pregnant, still working on that...lol)

ivan said...

How can a person so successful be so darn nice? And she is.

*¤ஐ» Battie°»ஐ¤*° said...

be .... careful
This looks scary!

momcat said...

Sabotage the lock by pouring used engine oil all over it and then leave your garbage outside the shed!

Paula Slade said...

Big ouch! I don't think that will stop any racoons (they are amazingly resilient)just people.

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