#SOL22: One Simple Task

Replace two items.

Plan A: Gather all possible tools.

First item: Replaced in less than five minutes.

Plan B: Add some WD40 to item two.

Plan C: Patience. And a third and fourth dose of WD 40.

Plan D: Add power tools. Use the drill carefully!

Two hours invested in this one little task.

Plan E: Head to the local hardware store for assistance.

Plan F: More power tools.

Plan G: Drill out the recalcitrant object.

Plan H: The flat top falls off. Drilling out is still required.

Plan I: Matching the fasteners. No preference. ANY one that will work.

Plan J: Super Duper stuff that works on rusty items.

Plan K: Second item drilled out. YET . . . some residue remains in both.

These are not STEPS. Remember the first item was done with PLAN A!

Plan L: Forget it? NOOOOO. . . the end is in sight!

Start to finish

Two license plates

Four screws

Five hours

Mission accomplished!

When have you had to remain persistent in order to complete a task? Persistence? Patience? Or just plain pig-headed and determined to win?


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10 responses

  1. Having a Plan B is important = flexibility
    But a Plan L = GREAT persistance!
    Go Fran Go!!!
    And what would we do without the support of tools and hardware stores?!

    1. Thanks, Sally.
      I was counting off all the attempts as they occurred because I was pretty sure this was going to soon be a slice!
      Tools, tools, tools!!! Valuable!

  2. It is always good to have a back-up plan, and a back-up plan to the back-up plan, and a back-up plan to the back-up plan to the back-up plan… Thank heavens for hardware store workers who know their stuff and how to go about things.

    1. If it hadn’t been so stinking hot, I might have not been quite so frustrated. I kept telling myself that it would be a great slice.

      And AMEN to hardware store women! YES! That’s why I skip the box stores. And I tipped accordingly!

  3. I am sitting here at my desk chuckling — and looking nervously at my front licence plate which needs to be removed. Thanks for sharing your frustration AND satisfaction!

    1. Karen,
      My front plate was not even five minutes. Well maybe, from door to door. But that was all.

  4. I am a planner, but I am not sure I have that persistence. My plan would be to hand it off to my husband, and I imagine his plan might include throwing a few things. Thank you for sharing, for I will remember this when I hit an obstacle and hopefully stick it out to the end.

    1. Heather,
      Planning is my game. My issue that my plate was already six days overdue and I was sure that even driving it 5 blocks would snag me on some ticket that I could not afford.

      And then after about the two hour mark . . .
      Hell or high water, I was fixing it. And “women power” was successful!

  5. My brother, wonderful brother that he is, came over to fix a problem with the remote for my garage door opener. He came with a new universal remote and his tools. Two trips back to Lowe’s and three different remotes and a new keypad for outside synced… each worked when standing inside the garage but not from the location where they are supposed to work… so he’s researching… but warns it probably means an entire new garage door opener is needed. Why can’t simple tasks just be simple?’

    1. Diane,
      Exactly. Why do some things have to be so complicated?
      Thanks for reading and sharing!

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