My husband, Robin, isn’t blessed with too many handyman skills. He can do basic things, like change bulbs in high ceiling light fixtures and replace batteries in smoke alarms—he still has good balance on stepladders—and he can use a screwdriver and hammer just fine. Beyond that, we usually have to call in an expert. But today he proved he’s a genius!
A few nights ago, while reaching for something under the kitchen sink, he accidentally leaned on the top of the cabinet door. That extra bit of weight broke the top hinge right in two. Of course, that meant he had to remove the door completely until he could replace the hinge. No problem. He unscrewed the broken hinge and the bottom hinge and set the door aside. Now our usually out-of-sight trash can was exposed, along with all the other paraphernalia under our sink, but that was okay—I knew it was only temporary.
This morning, we carried the good hinge he had removed to our local hardware store to buy a replacement. The clerk led us to an aisle where all the cabinet hardware was on display—rows upon rows of cubbyholes full of brackets, hinges, and screws. He and Robin tried hard to come up with a match, but the style of hinge closest in size to our hinge was still a little too large. Looked like we might have to try Lowe’s or Home Depot, and that would mean a longer trip to get what we needed. Disappointed, we headed for home.
Then Robin got an idea. Why not replace the broken hinge with one taken from another cabinet in our home? We had several cabinets that used top, middle, and bottom hinges. Maybe he could remove one of those middle hinges and use it on the under-the-sink door.
Sure enough, the hinges on all our cabinets were the same. We found a three-hinged door that wasn’t used too often on a cabinet near our back entry.
Now Mr. Fix-it has removed that middle hinge, replaced the broken hinge, and we’re back in business! Hooray! As Robin’s wise old daddy used to say, “You can’t beat that with a stick!”