Saturday, April 6, 2013

How To Remove A Melted Screwdriver From An Oven Grate

Catchy title don't you think? I know that each and every one of you jumped for joy when you saw it.

Because now you are going to know what I know. You are going to know how to remove a melted screwdriver from your oven grate. 

It is important you know. To know how.

Because one day your oven light will go out and you will stick your head into the oven and not be able to figure out how to get the cover off.

Then you will go and get a small rachet screwdriver because you are sure that it will help you remove the cover of the oven light bulb.

Then you will figure out how to get the cover off without the screwdriver. 

And you will lay the screwdriver down while you take out the lightbulb.

Then you will walk away with the light bulb and put it on the table so you will remember what it looks like and you won't buy the wrong light bulb when you go to the store to get the replacement.

Later that afternoon you will turn on the oven because you are going to bake a delicious apple pie in a bag for the company that is coming over for dinner.

Eventually your husband or someone in your home will wonder what on earth that horrible smell is. And you will say "honey, you know our oven ventilation is horrible." And he will sigh and walk away.

Later you will open the oven to move the shelves for the apple pie in a bag, because they must be low to allow for the paper bag around the pie.

Then you will sheepishly say "well THAT'S what was smelling" as you pull out the oven grate on which the little screwdriver that you left there earlier has melted in half.

Then you will take the grate out of the oven and set it to cool on the back porch.

Months weeks days later you will notice that the grate on the back porch is rusting and the screwdriver is now permanently affixed to the grate. 

You will try to break it off. But it will bend the wires on the grate. So you will bend it back.

Then one day as you are cleaning your oven and even washing between the glass windows on the door you will decide. You will decide that this is the week. This is the week that I'm going to remove the melted screwdriver from the oven grate.

And you will be glad that I showed you how.

This is how you do it.

Put the grate with the melted screwdriver back into the oven. Place an old cookie sheet underneath the place where the melted screwdriver is hanging.

That circle is around the place where the light is supposed to be. The circle is pointed at the screwdriver.
Turn the oven on to 175 degrees.

Wait 40 minutes and realize that it isn't working.

Turn the oven up to 250 degrees.

Wait 15 minutes.

Open the oven and check to see if it is working.

The melted screwdriver will be laying on the cookie sheet. And your vision may get blurry...

Take the grate out of the oven and scrape off any extra plastic that did not fall off the grate.

Stare at the melted screwdriver for a while and try to decide if you need to save if for any reason like maybe I could make something out of it.

Realize that you are slightly insane.

Throw away the melted screwdriver.

Turn off the oven.

Rejoice. Because now you have both shelves in your oven again.

And because you could possibly be the DIY Queen of the universe.

Do you feel prepared now?

Make something wonderful to celebrate!


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Danni@SiloHillFarm said...

I am fully prepared now. I even feel like I may need a cape! You are so funny, but I could see myself doing this!!

Heather said...

Ha, ha! Once we set a plastic cutting board on a hot stove and the coil melted into the plastic. In a panic, we shook it loose, and the coil fell on the floor, melting a spot on the area rug. When the coil finally cooled, it had a huge piece of plastic goo stuck to it. Our neighbor suggested taking a propane torch to it. The coil was good as new; the cutting board and the rug went into the trash.

Lorraine said...

What a shame you took the screwdriver off the grate...I mean that was ART...I've seen less creative stuff in galleries with BIG price a huge canvas with a red dot....I mean seriously, yours was MUCH better than that!
I am filing this away for sure! When I was a bride and we lived in a 10 x 50 ft trailer with 2 kids I stored my pots and pans in the oven because I didn't have enough cabinet space.....the smell of overheated plastic handles is forever in my nostrils......see, if I had been there I would have known IMMEDIATELY what that smell was!

Colleen said...

you mount that screwdriver on wooden plaque, hang by the stove with a sign that says 'What Not To Do.' :} You now have your very own piece of modern art

Kirby Carespodi said...

Oh. Em. Gee. I laughed so hard! This is perfect for tongue-in-cheek Tuesday...we need to schedule a DIY linky party STAT!

Bliss said...

This is one of those posts that makes me feel like a bad person. To smile and giggle all the way through someone else's misfortune. Bad Bliss.


Michelle said...

ha ha! That is AWESOME! Reminds me that I need to post about how I dropped a grill on my ladder...

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Isn't it a great feeling when you decide you can just throw it away and don't have to make something out of it? Bravo on the the recovery and then the tossing of the screwdriver!

Liz @ Quirky Vistas said...

Isn't it a great feeling when you decide you can just throw it away and don't have to make something out of it? Bravo on the the recovery and then the tossing of the screwdriver!


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