Remember when I mentioned that our door was not shutting properly? I think I failed to really go into the drama of it all because it was far to freaky to think that I could see outdoors from inside my home. That I was locked IN my house because the lock and frame were so completely warped. Or that after the door frame was shored up, we learned that our door was so shoddy that anyone could just lay a little weight onto it and get into our house. Or how many numerous times we've been locked out of our house from a frozen solid door lock. Oh the agony.
Well, one exciting thing that happened when we were in PA was this.
A new door!
Our friend Kevin came over, busted in (pushing a few times with his skinny shoulder on our crummy door) and replaced our door with this sweet one! It is so wonderful. It is all that I could ask for and more. No butterfly window. No brassy handles. Little windows at the top. And a lock that is so nice that you can actually change it to three different settings so that you have basically three different locks. It was an amazing suprise and a wonderful present from our friend. I was so truly grateful.
I can sleep soundly at night.
So, has your lock ever been frozen? Frozen solid. So frozen that you have bent your key trying to get into your home? Oh, you haven't? Lucky. Oh, you have? My sympathys. Here is the advice we have learned.
Forget the lock de-icer. Doesn't work. At all. When the inside of your lock is frozen. You'll waste your money and probably get in a fight with your significant other at 11 pm. Did I mention that you're frozen out of your house? You can try to use a lighter to heat your key so that you can put that heat inside the frozen lock. This usually doesn't work. Bent keys and too many fire hazards. Leave a window open. Definalty haven't tried that one when it's -25.
What does work? WD40. It is a miracle worker. We keep a bottle on our porch and one in the truck to get our lock back to working order. Just spray. And wait a minute or two. Try key. May need to spray again. But usually, you'll get right in.
Oh the perils of living in Northern Ontario.