Thousands of women are probably protesting that this is NOT TRUE, even as you (or they) read this.
Well. Let me be clear. I am not talking about
or what I would loosely call Homemaking, I am talking about things that are a little more technical. Things that have not come into my orbit, at least, before. But things that are not beyond my capabilities. I can wield a screwdriver with the best of them and I can even hit a nail on the head, both figuratively and literally.
But recently I needed to change my front door lock and I didn't have a clue on how to do it.
Let me explain. I live in France, so it will be no surprise to you that my front door is French. Bonjour, porte d'entrée.
...and behind the fancy ironwork...
...the lock is French too.
No surprises there, then.
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...and the barrel will simply slide out.
What he omitted to mention was that I had to take off all the fancy door furniture, and even then the barrel would not slide out, as the bit where the key slides in is bigger than the hole where the barrel goes through.
I re-assembled the lock plate (the flat bit you can see in the second picture), and screwed all the screws back in and screwed the door handles back on.
The screws that fixed the door handle plates together were strange to me. So that they could not be unscrewed from the outside, one 'screw' was a hollow tube, and the other screwed into that - but through the door, of course.
Are you following this? Or have I finally found a cure for your insomnia?
Anyway, the top fixing of the pair went together like a dream, but the bottom one refused to tighten up, no matter how much welly I used. I eventually discovered that the hollow part of this fixing had some wood shavings in it and, once I had scraped these out (and checked that there were no more in the hole in the door) it went together OK.
So now I can close and lock the door.
But with the same old lock, of course, not the new one I was planning to install!
And now it is dark. Tomorrow I plan to try again, with the help of a YouTube video I have found.
Wish me well!