Delivery Fail, and coming unhinged

We’ve had ourselves a chillier morning today! Light snow, and bitterly cold winds from the south is what greeted me this morning, when I went out to do my rounds.

Kitty loaf is not impressed.

It does look pretty, though!

Switching out the micro disk cards on the new trail cam has gotten somewhat easier. The micro disk itself has become easier to take in and out; it isn’t as “sticky” as it was at the start. As long as I have enough of a thumbnail to push the card in, to either latch of unlatch it, it’s not too bad. 😀

When I open up the camera, I switch it from On to Set Up, first. The screen turns on, and that’s when I can see if the cold is an issue. If the screen is mostly blank and barely lit up, the camera is too cold. I’ve found I can use my hands to warm it up enough that the screen will start working. Which, on days like today, can be rather hard on the hands! Thankfully, it only takes about half a minute. Then I can switch the memory card and see if there are any issues.

When I got the camera, I got 2 micro discs along with it. I just ordered the recommended ones, not really noticing that one of them was actually a pack of 2. Those are the ones I’ve been using. The problem is, when I switch cards, the camera wants me to format the new card, every time, after giving me a message that the card is “incompatible.” So all those days when I found nothing on the card, it was partly because I couldn’t see the screen and missed these messages. Once the card was formatted in the camera, it worked fine. It didn’t matter if I’d already formatted it on my computer.

I shouldn’t have to do that every morning.

Last night, I dug up the extra card, formatted it on my computer, and used that, this morning.

The camera had no problem with it. No messages, and no need to format the card in the camera!

The cheaper cards were the problem.

On mentioning this to my husband, he dug around and gave me one of his extra Micro SD cards to use. It’s a 64 gig card. WAY more than needed. The other cards were 32 gigs, and even at highest resolution while set to take both photo and video, I could probably leave the card for a week and still have room to spare. The main thing is that the card won’t need to be formatted every morning. It’s even the same brand as the new one I put in this morning, so it should be fine. I’ll know for sure when I switch cards tomorrow morning.

It still doesn’t solve the problem of the camera not really working when the temperatures dip. Once it gets cold enough, it simply stops recording. It does start up again on its own, when the temperatures rise. This is frustrating, because in all other respects, I really love this new camera! But all the features I love about it are useless if the camera simply stops working when it’s cold. At least we have the second camera that keeps working. With that one, the cold is only an issue for the batteries, not the camera itself. As long as it can get any juice out of the batteries, it will keep chugging along.

Ah, the things we have to put up with, because of one person we can’t trust.

A few days ago, my husband got a phone call. There were two things odd about this. First, the call went to his cell phone. Being in a dead zone, any time a cell phone rings is downright startling. Second, the call turned out to be from Fed Ex. They had a package for him, and needed our physical address.

As near as we can figure, this was something my husband ordered back in November. After all this time, he’s actually already got a refund on it. He had been expecting it in the mail, too. Fed Ex doesn’t do box numbers!

So he called the number back using the land line and, after being on hold for about 45 minutes, finally got through to someone. After giving our physical address, he gave them precise directions on how to find us. The person he talked to even looked us up on Google maps and did eventually figure out where we were. Just inputting our physical address hadn’t worked! He then let them know about the locked gate, so they said they would send an email in advance, letting us know the package was on the way from the city.

We got that email, telling us delivery would be made yesterday. So when I went out to do my rounds, I unlocked the gate and left it open.

The last time we did that for the washing machine repairman, the gate was open only half an hour, and our vandal showed up and tried to break it again. So we were pretty uncomfortable having that gate open, but we also didn’t want the package to just be left in the snow in the driveway, either. We kept a close eye on the security camera’s live feed!

Then my husband let me know that we could close the gate up again. He just received an email. Apparently, FedEx couldn’t find us, so they weren’t going to deliver the package. They wanted us to call about getting it.

Which means, they would expect us to drive to wherever their warehouse is in the city, to pick up a package they’ve been paid to deliver to us.

I don’t think my husband plans to call back. There is no way we’re going to make the trip. UPS found us, no problem. FedEx can figure it out, too. Even when we were living in the city, we’ve had issues with them. They would actually leave notices on our door, saying no one answered when they knocked, but we had been home and no one knocked.

I was just happy to be able to close and lock the gate. No sign of our vandal, either!

Later in the afternoon, I did take advantage of the slightly warmer day to go get the mail and pick up some more deer feed and bird seed. We’d run out of both, that morning.

One of the things I’ve noticed when heading outside to do my rounds, is that our door has been making an increasingly horrible noise. The inner doors in the “new” part of the house are still the originals, and they are wooden, hollow core doors, not insulated steel doors, as are available today. These doors are heavier than interior doors, so I do think they have some sort of insulation inside them, but I really don’t know.

The “front” door, facing the spruce grove, almost never gets used, so aside from needing to put insulation between it and the storm door in the winter, to keep frost from building up at the bottom, inside the house, it’s fine. The door we actually use all the time is not doing so well! The house shifts with the seasons, so it’s not really a surprise that the door is scrapping the door jam now, and we can hear the wood of the door splitting and cracking at the bottom. So I’ve taken to lifting the door as I close it, to reduce the noise.

How much the door lifts was quite a surprise, so when I had the chance, I took a closer look.

*sigh*

The door is coming off its hinges.

This morning, I snagged my husband to help me tighten the hinges. This is the top one.

It’s hard to see in the picture, but the screw heads are even slightly bent!

Of course, with the top hinge being so loose, the middle one is, too.

Thankfully, the bottom one is still solid, but that won’t last long if these ones get any worse.

There is a built in closest near the door, so it can’t be opened all the way. My husband held it open as much as he could for me to be able to fit the screwdriver in place. Normally, I would just open the storm door, but between the cold and the cats, that wasn’t an option. While my husband lifted the door and held it in place, I tightened the screws.

As I did so, I could tell this wasn’t going to work. The screws were barely catching on anything. Still, I hoped to at least get it a bit tighter than before.

*sigh*

As soon as my husband released the door, not only did it drop, but some of the wood split above the top hinge.

I reached up with my phone to get this picture.

In the photos, you can see there are cracks in the wood of the door frame, too.

We knew the front door needed to be replaced, and were already thinking we would replace the entire frame, too. I just didn’t think we’d need to do it because the door is falling right off the hinges!

Theoretically, we can install hinges in different locations, and that would tide us over until we can replace the door and frame completely. Given how loose the door is, we might not have a choice. Even if we had the money for a door kit now, we wouldn’t want to install it in the winter. Because you just KNOW something will do wrong and it’ll take forever to do! 😀 My brother recently replaced one of the doors of his house, and he used a door kit, with two doors and the frame, as we would be doing here. Everything was standard sized, so it should have been a simple switch. It wasn’t, and it took him days to get it installed properly! I don’t think our doors are standard sized, so I don’t expect anything to do smoothly.

This is something were I would much rather hire someone to install it, rather than doing it ourselves. It would cost more, of course, but would be worth every penny.

*sigh*

Another thing on the list that just became a higher priority.

The Re-Farmer

10 thoughts on “Delivery Fail, and coming unhinged

  1. You’re in luck! I know a fix for this issue. 🙂

    I’ve used it on internal doors (which are lighter) and cabinet doors. As you probably saw and figured out, the problem is the screws backing out repeatedly until their holes are stripped out. Using a bigger or longer screw sometimes works, but the best option is this:

    Coat a WOODEN golf tee with Elmer’s or some similar wood glue and put it in the screw hole. Give it a short time for the glue to start to harden, then use a wood chisel to cut the head of the tee off and make it flush with the mounting surface. Voila! You have “new” wood to be able to drive the screws into.

    A tiny bit of wood glue on the screws will help prevent them from backing out also. 😉

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    • What a great idea! Thanks!

      Golf tees are not an option. Even if they were available here, we would not be allowed to buy them right now. But I could probably find or carve my own pegs. I have plenty of hardwood! Lol

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      • Just keep in mind that hardwood will be tough to drive screws through.

        Wooden dowl rod should work also, and is available at most hardware and lumber stores. You just have to find something skinny enough, or whittle it down.

        I’m pretty sure that the Home Depot DIY book that I found that trick recommended golf tees because they’re slightly tapered, which means they wedge in place better than dowl would (punny, LOL).

        Using glue on anything you use should help alot though. I also got to thinking about the problem with the door being off while the hinge holes are fixed. Maybe you could seal off the doorway with some tarp and duct tape… or something along those lines while the glue sets up.

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      • re: the hard wood, yes; I would be drilling pilot holes, first. A lot will depend on what I find when I see the state of the wood under the hinge.

        re: hardware stores; the nearest Home Depot is in the city, and I’m not allowed in the local hardware store because they don’t honour medical exemptions to masks.

        My brother had suggested inserting a bunch of toothpicks. The screw would have space between the toothpicks to go in easily, while still having new wood to thread into. I don’t have wooden toothpicks, and I am pretty sure they’re considered “non-essential” right now, anyhow. Mind you, our premier declared we “earned” more freedoms and, yesterday, they added more items to the list of things we are allowed to buy, but who knows. It’s all arbitrary. Anyhow; I have plenty of wood and carving tools, so I’ll be able to come up with something.

        The door is not going to be taken down completely. With the way things have been going in this house, if we took it off completely, we probably wouldn’t be able to get it back on again without more trouble. We’re just going to do what we can about the top hinge. It’s going to be propped up from below to hold it in place while it’s worked on. With nothing but the storm door to keep the weather out, though, it’s still going to have to wait at least a few days, when it is supposed to warm up again. I do wish we’d noticed the problem much earlier! It would have been good to have caught and fixed it, before it got this bad. For now, we’ll start going out through the sun room, to use the main door as little as possible until we can work on it.

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  2. Yeah.. doors are much trickier than they appear. I’d definitely pay a pro!
    I was just out checking my garage for leaks (it’s raining!). Appears that the neighbor cleaning the drain has been sufficient. But that means the house drain is probably blocked too. I’ll probably hire someone to check and patch both roofs. I’m sure they’re due for replacement but so is everything else!

    Can you insulate the cam somehow.

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    • There are times for DIY, and times to bring in the pros! Knowing which is which is really important. 😀

      I have been trying to think of some way to insulate that camera. Right now, it’s on a fence post, which is meant to be temporary; over the summer, one of our goals is to rebuild a fallen fence inside the hay yard that is on the other side of some trees, then remove the fence that it’s on now. The camera will go on one of those trees. That, all on its own, will shelter it from the elements better. It came with an alternative mount to use instead of a strap. Using that will give more space to put something around it, to shelter it more. (we also plan to pick up a solar power kit for it, too; it has the ports for one. 🙂 )

      Until then, there really aren’t a lot of workable options. :-/ Thankfully, this has been such a mild winter, it’s not as much of a problem is it could have been!

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      • Somewhat, yet. Any wrapping can’t cover the front, and has to fit between the camera and the fence post. It it were on the mount, instead, I probably could come up with something, but then I would have to consider it would be more exposed to the wind, which will tear anything like that to shreds (like other things I’ve tried to wrap around here! LOL).

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      • I’m thinking of doing something like that when we have it in its more permanent place. Right now, it’s on a fence post, held on by a strap. Not conducive to that sort of structure. :-/ We plan to take out that fence, once we have another one repaired enough to keep the renter’s cows from getting through. That fence will also be temporary, but the camera will be moved to a tree, once there’s no longer a fence in the way! 🙂

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