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My Latest Conquest

July 23, 2008

Since the original prowess for this Blog was to share my mad skills at fixing things, I figured it was time to share my latest victory.

The Big One is obsessed with fire trucks. She loves them and can spot them from three miles away when we are outside. If we are inside and she hears the sirens she will stop whatever she is doing and shout, “WAIT! I hear somefing… a fire truck!! They are going to help someone.” And then jumps around excitedly.

So several months ago as I was driving past a children’s re-sale shop I spotted this bed outside. I am a sucker, paid $80 for it and became a hero in the Big One’s eyes. It was missing its siren light, so I called Step 2 and ordered a replacement.

The Big One was ecstatic when the light arrived. We put some batteries in and it worked like a champ for about 3 weeks. Then it started working intermittently. I kept assuring the Big One that I would try to fix it or buy a new one.Photobucket

Eventually the Big One started to play on the bed more than sleep on it, so now the fire truck bed is in our playroom and the Big One sleeps in a twin bed. Since it was now a toy and not a necessary tool for sleep, I admit I forgot all about the broken light.

Fast forward about 7 months (yes, I am a slacker sometimes), the girls were playing on the bed and the Big One asked me again to fix the light. So I gathered my tools and took the light off, changed the batteries and hoped that’s all it needed.

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This wouldn’t be a very good story if that worked. So I took my screwdriver and delved a little deeper into the light. I heard something rattling inside and discovered the problem. The little purple plastic button that you push to activate the light had become detached from the little metal plate that triggers all the electronic magic inside the light.

I dug deeper into my tool chest (junk drawer in the kitchen), found the super glue and am once again the hero in the Big One’s eyes.

PhotobucketYes, it took me 7 months to super glue the button back on. But before you start judging me, I know there are several of you who would have tossed it in the trash and bought a new one right off the bat. Now some of you may have changed the batteries and then thrown it in the trash. But how many of you would have opened the thing up to expose all the magic wires and circuit board inside to try and determine the problem? Yes, the Fixitmommy rocks! {at least in my 3 year old’s eyes}

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Karen permalink
    July 23, 2008 8:08 am

    🙂 I think I would have changed the battery and then left it on the bed, not working, for a few years. (All the while thinking, “it cant be that hard to fix it”) …but I think i lack your energy or motivation!

  2. July 23, 2008 6:31 pm

    I applaud you for figuring it out! I don’t know that I would have gone that far. 😉

  3. crumbsinmycleavage permalink
    July 27, 2008 2:10 pm

    Rock on Supermom!

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