The Miracle Jelly
No we are not talking about the wibbly wobbly stuff that you eat as a dessert but the slightly slippy stuff that is Petroleum Jelly.
I just happened to mention to my dad that my front door wouldn't close properly, so expecting him to give me some technical blurb about how wood just expands in certain temperatures or when damp he says to put petroleum jelly on it. He actually said vaseline but when purchasing some (no I actually didn't have any) Tesco's did a better value tub, well done Tesco!!
I wasn't expecting this response to be honest and it was the last thing I thought I was going to hear for the front door. This is the second time vaseline has been suggested as an answer to a problem though as one summer while cutting my hedges ( I know, bless him) with hedge trimmers, he suggested the trimmers may need a bit of lubrication and asked if I had anything ie vaseline? Well those that know me well can imagine my face!!! 'No dad haven't got any vaseline, but I'll go and check anyway' Those that know me can predict exactly what came next........
I go inside to look what I have got instead......confide in the up most secrecy with my mum that I don't have the vaseline or any sensible products mentioned for the lubricating of hedge trimmers but what I did have was some very old (and I think it was well past it's sell by date) lubrication oil from Ann Summers (the adult shop), yep you know the one!!!! full bottle never been used, smelt a bit tropical........(I need to get out more). So I ask mum what I should do, she suggests to just give it him and don't mention what it is but it will do the job......(I think, from what I've read it does more than one job)...... so that's what I did, passed it to him and ran off. After cutting my hedges my dad raved about how good that oil was and how they've never worked so well!!!! To this day I don't know if he really knew what he used and those hedge trimmers are still going well!!!
My dad always gives me good advice but wasn't sure petroleum jelly was going to work on the front door. With one hand looking like James Herriot's in an episode of 'All Creatures Great and Small' (no we are not going there!!! I am thinking do I slap it all the way down the edge of the door or just the metal locky bit???? So I just went and slapped it all the way down the side and behold after a good half hour......I kid you not, it did the trick, super duper open and closing of door. It's amazing.
So there you go, sticking doors and lubricating hedge trimmers......choose your lubricant wisely........
bye for now........
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