Archive for December 3rd, 2016

Improvised Repairs Done Wrong

Mary’s relatives encountered this repair in a rental flat during Thanksgiving week:

Door handle - hex head bolt

Door handle – hex head bolt

Don’t have a hex bolt with the right thread? No problem: just use a sheet-metal screw, perhaps with a self-drilling point:

Door handle - metal screw

Door handle – metal screw

Those hex heads let you apply more torque with less risk of stabbing yourself in the palm, which strikes me as an all-around Good Thing. I prefer socket-head cap screws, myself, but I’ll admit they’re an acquired taste.

I’d like to think I wouldn’t do that …