Mr. Fix-it


Yesterday morning, before school, John helped me repair a screen.

Never mind that he’s just 10 years old.  He’s been helping with little projects like these for years now.

(You’re welcome, John’s future wife!)


Help put away the breakfast dishes?  Nah.  

Got your backpack so you’re ready for the bus?  Mom – I’ll get to it.

Help me repair a screen?  Sure!


This little flat-nosed screwdriver worked perfectly for the job and it was easy for John to use.

The rubber sealant had a tendency to pop out in a few spots. so we cracked open our favorite handy resource for fixin’ stuff: sugru.


I usually order a supply of sugru from Amazon in either pitch black or snow white.  If you keep them in the fridge, they can last up to six months.  Think of it as an adhesive playdough that sets and turns to rubber overnight.

The pitch black worked great over the top of any troubled areas along the screen.  Take that you rowdy sealant!

Then we realized we were missing one of these little clip thingy’s…


So, we improved with a paperclip and some more sugru.


First, we bent the paperclip to make a little handle.


Then, we snipped off the excess with a wire cutter.


And, using some more sugru we attached our new handle to the screen, like so….


Not especially beautiful or anything – but it’ll do the job.


Viola! Just like that- the screen was fixed… (and little John made it to the bus just in time!)

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Jennifer Ebeling
Jennifer Ebeling is a proud Minnesotan and U of MN alumni. Gooooooo Gophers! Each week, Jennifer produces and hosts Still Growing - a gardening podcast dedicated to helping you and your garden grow. The show is an in-depth interview format. Guests featured on the show share a passion for gardening and include authors, bloggers, professional gardeners, etc. Listeners and guests of the show can join the Still Growing community on Facebook. It's a place to ask questions, share garden stories, interact with great guests featured on the show, and continue to grow and learn. Jennifer and her husband Philip have four children, a big golden lab named Sonny, and live in lovely Maple Grove, Minnesota. P.S. When she's not teaching her four kids a new card game - or teaching them how to drive a car - Jennifer loves inspiring individuals and groups to maximize and personalize their home & garden.
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1 Comment

  1. Michele Bergh on April 7, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    You are so creative in so many ways. What great skills you are passing on to John as well as your other beautiful children!

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