Sunday, October 16, 2011

shredded shredder

I've been on a tear around here trying to get rid of stuff. I'm back on my "throw, sell, or give away at least one thing a day" path. It feels good. I am clearing out and paring down. You'd never believe it if you saw my office and my closet--heck...the whole house. But, hey--progress is progress.

That's the good news.

As I was shredding receipts and papers from 2000, the paper shredder crapped out. No other words work.

I figured that since it no longer ingested what I was feeding, I might as well take it apart. If I could fix it--great! If I couldn't or couldn't get it put back together (since that is usual for me), nothing was lost. It doesn't work anyway.

So I dug in. I unscrewed the cover. Taking it apart was easy. Putting it back together was easy. However, the gear teeth that made the paper feed through broke off the wheel. Completely disassociated. How do metal teeth break off a wheel like that?


Sigh. Another business write-off.


Deb Shucka said...

I love your willingness to take things apart, even when you're not sure how to put them back together. :-)

Sandi said...

Oh boy, I could have (and should have!) written those words. I too have been on a rampage, trying to cram for stuff into a house that overfilled. I am giving things away, but it doesn't seem to be making a dent! I need to get more ruthless, but it's so hard for me.

Sorry you couldn't fix the shredder. Part of what keeps me from shredding anymore is the overwhelming pile, and that I'm fearful the shredder is already on it's last teeth, so to speak! So, the papers just keep piling up!

Congratulations on the progress you're making!