ScrapHappy March 2021: I just can’t stand it…

Many, many years ago, I built a water butt stand that steadfastly refused to do what any decent DIY project undertaken by an incompetent should do – completely collapse after five minutes. I know, that is decidedly NOT playing the game. I think I built the stand nearly twenty years ago when we installed our Window Operating Cistern *† (a hosepipe that you can open a window and pull in to fill the toilet cistern). The stand has had one or two minor repairs and this one is no exception, except it has an element of happy scrappiness to it.

You see the two bits of fresh wood that will be the new support on one side, replacing the rotten timber?

They were part of the packing around our new oven.

Some jiggery-pokery later and ta dah! Fixed. I even managed to reuse one or two of the screws. I guess when the other side goes, I’ll just order a new oven!


Reunited – water butt reconnected and looking a little like Borg‡


* Patent applied for

† Patent refused with the message “Stop sending us rubbish like this!”

‡ Alien assimilators rather than Swedish tennis players

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20 thoughts on “ScrapHappy March 2021: I just can’t stand it…

  1. Good fix, and excellent to be able to use the wood from the oven so it wasn’t lying around too long!

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  2. Nice! And functional. 🙂

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  3. I do hope your new oven lasts, and you don’t need to replace it any time soon…and therefore that the other side doesn’t give out until new random bits of wood appear!

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  4. Our little house is oh so full of ALL THE POTENTIALLY USEFUL THINGS…. oh oh…. but isn’t it satisfying when something does indeed turn out to be truly useful? LOL

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    • Absolutely! It makes you forget all the stubbed toes, cursing as you have to move it out the way for the nth time because it has been there for a gazillion years, and the millions of “why am I keeping this?” thoughts… 🙂

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  5. Going Batty in Wales

    Well done Mr S. Presumably when the other side goes you could use the packing off a different appliance or from your ‘bound to come in useful one day’ pile or even cadge a bit off me? It would, of course, be unthinkable to go to Bodger and Quibble and buy some!

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  6. well done, a truly useful something from the scraps,

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  7. Pingback: ScrapHappy December 2021: Repair, Reuse, REVIEW | writinghouse

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