One of the joys of having an older home are simple things like the locks on a door deciding that they have worked hard enough over the past 90 years and they quit. Just one small problem, it is usually on the bathroom door, which is closed, and the 4 year old is still inside. (sigh)
Daddy to the rescue! He tore open the screen, got her to unlock the window from the inside by standing on her bathroom stool so she could reach it, and then lifted her out. (The hero!)
Then comes the job of damage control: repairing the screen and replacing the lock. He removed the locking mechanism, and will hunt the local antique mall for one to replace it and match the rest of the five panel doors.
He did choose to fix the screens ASAP. Off to the hardware store for a bunch of screen and he already had spline in his workshop. After spending a whopping $4.06 he ripped out the old spline and screen, put in the new one and trimmed it off. It is now back in our window and able to keep our bathroom ventilated and bug free at the same time!
I am not sure what it costs to have someone replace it for you, but I do think $4 is a good deal less than that, LOL!
Now my dear hubby did know what he was doing, he had replaced a lot of them in college when his job was maintenance for the dorm he was in. If you are facing something that you do NOT know how to, check your friendly Internet for DIY ideas or your local Home Depot/Menard’s!
A little research and elbow grease can really save you money!