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Fixing a Door That Swings Open

Do you have a door that swings open by itself? Does the door not stay in its place when opened partway? Well let me share this easy idea on how to fix a door swing problem yourself in just minutes.

If you have a door that swings open by itself, it is because the door jamb is not square and the door is not balanced properly. This easy fix works and takes just minutes to complete.

All you need to do is take out the top pin on the door hinge and bent it a bit to get your door to stay put. Here are the steps to take:

  • Remove the top pin from the door hinge
  • Place the pin on a flat solid surface like a board
  • Hit the pin in the center with a hammer just a few times to put a slight bend in it
  • Replace the pin in the door hinge

Here is my pin after it was bent a bit. Continue Reading →


Skyline Drive-In Moses Lake

Just want to share some old memories and history about the Skyline Drive-in movie theater that was in Moses Lake, Washington. The drive-in opened in 1952 as the first area outdoor theater but it closed around the early 1980s. It had 300 spaces when it opened and later apparently expanded to 450 spaces for cars. Located on 8 acres, the drive-in was just off what used to be the old Larson Highway just north of the Grant County Fairgrounds.

According to the Columbia Basin Herald archives the drive-in opened in July 1952 featuring Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in “The Invisible Man” and a Roy Rogers western.

Here is an original photo of the marquee sign taken around mid 1970 when the drive-in was still open.

I have many fond memories of going to the movies at this outdoor drive-in as a kid and later in high school on dates in the 1970s. It was always fun to see friends and have a little pizza along with an ice-cold pop from the snack bar during intermission.

Below is an old vintage movie poster from 1962. Continue Reading →


Earth Day 2016

Happy Earth Day

It is Earth Day 2016. This is the 46th anniversary of Earth Day. Let us all remember to honor our precious planet today and do something to preserve and protect it.

My Recycled Bags wrote about recycling, repurposing, or reusing something. Every little bit helps so on this day, take the time to pick up some litter, use a little less water, walk rather than drive to a nearby location or plant a tree.

Earth Day


Vintage Water Filter Idea

Here is another vintage idea from the old Ogden cigarette card collection. This card shows how to use a bucket with a hole drilled in the bottom for an emergency water filter.

According to the back of the card, this cigarette tip was Boy Scout Tip 47 issued by W.A. and A.C. Churchman, a branch of the Imperial Tobacco Co. The back reads: Continue Reading →


Match Lighting Tip

Lighting a match in the wind can be tricky.

Check out this vintage and useful idea for lighting a wooden match that provides extra burn time and protects the flame. I just love these old cigarette card tips. There are truly timeless.

Here is my wooden match that I cut. Continue Reading →


Aluminum Foil Box Tip

I just found out something that I never knew about Aluminum foil and plastic wrap boxes. They have these end tabs that you are suppose to push in to hold the roll in place. By locking the tabs on the box ends, it holds the rolls in place and prevents them from falling out. Oh you know what I’m talking about if you have had the whole roll fall out of the box and you had to roll it back up. What a pain, right?

Well I can’t believe after my 50 some years of life that I’m just now finding out this great tip. Continue Reading →