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There I Fixed It

I’m sure most people have had those moments when faced with a seemingly impossible challenge and out of nowhere the answer to solve it just appears as if by magic.

Today, I had a moment just like that.

For months, I’ve been trying to arrange moving a couch from Illinois where it was being stored to a more accessible place for me. The weather was finally nice enough and I had recruited some great helpers to assist in the heavy lifting, so we decided after church today that the move was going to happen.

The biggest challenge in getting this particular sectional moved was my resistance to get a moving truck, so I was relying on my step-dad (who is not allowed to do anything strenuous) to use his truck and a utility trailer, and finding volunteers to help me move said couch at the same time running interference with him to keep him from doing any of the lifting.

It seemed like everything was going to work out perfectly with just getting the two-part couch up on the trailer, bungee it to make sure it didn’t go flying on the highway and away we would go. What we did not plan on was it being about the same temperature as the surface of the sun today, thereby risking the possibility of my couch (which has a faux leather base) to start melting/tearing from the bungee cords rubbing against it on the drive.

This could have been prevented had any of us had the forethought to bring a blanket to act as a buffer in between the couch and the cord.  No such thought had occurred to any of us. A frantic search began for coverings but came up a little short; my step-dad’s truck was clutter free and my car revealed only a couple of old towels, and a hoodie.

It is said that necessity is the mother of invention, and in this case, it is so true. We decided the limited items would have to work, but were afraid they might shift during the drive and fly off on the highway.  I wasn’t looking forward to having one of my favorite sweatshirts fly off while on the highway, so in what I consider a stroke of pure genius I realized we could “lace” the cord through the sleeves and voila, the cord would be covered with a softer surface and my shirt was no longer at risk of finding a new home on the side of the road.

I was so excited and proud of my brilliant idea (it IS a little bit of redneck engineering) that I couldn’t resist taking a picture, and sharing my discovery.

I considered submitting my idea to a website full of similar crazy fixes, but don’t think I’m quite at the level of some of the things on there.

Have you ever been presented with a challenging situation where the only way to fix it was with a makeshift item? I would love to hear about some of your “engineering” feats.

Responses (7)

  1. Melanie says:

    You know, your brother in law is the king of Redneck engineering.

  2. That’s pretty brilliant. Well done. 🙂

  3. […] they give up and just haul the couch up the stairs, which is what I had done when moving my over-sized sectional when it wouldn’t fit into the elevator, […]

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