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The Best of Times, the Worst of Times…

A tale of coffee woe.

Highlight of my week so far? After having some jerk in an SUV cut me off on my way to work last week, causing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him and having my nice full thermos of coffee go crashing into the dashboard. Naturally the thing shattered and well, didn’t the guy know I like my coffee black? No creamer, no sugar, no awful sounding shards of glass. Had to throw the whole thing out. >:-( And for those who know how much I love my coffee in the morning, know what a tragedy THAT was. It sounded AWFUL when I shook it, like, well, a container full of shattered glass and a now undrinkable beverage. *sigh*

Anyhoo, have been using a wimpy thermal pot that didn’t hold as much as the thermos, and didn’t keep things warm as well as the thermos, so was really looking forward to the arrival of our new replacement thermoses yesterday. Which arrived right on time. Yay. *did a little happy dance*

Not so fast. Tried to use them today. Would you believe BOTH of them leak? You pour the coffee from the top, and yeah, it comes out of there, but it also dribbles from out of the BASE. In several places. Including below the handle on the OPPOSITE side of the pour spout. Which makes no sense to me at all.

Took them apart tonight to see if we could figure out what was wrong with them to avoid having to send them back. Discovered that Inspector #13 in the Thermos Quality Control Department was apparently taking a mental nap when they inspected our thermoses for quality. The rubber rings that the glass part sits on in the base were very badly glued on, in that they were THISCLOSE to falling off the bottom of the glass, and they weren’t stuck on straight, so naturally the glass part wouldn’t stand up completely straight and make an airtight seal. Result? A leaky thermos, AND one that didn’t keep the coffee hot as long as it was supposed to since it wasn’t airtight.

So we took a crack at MacGyvering them in the kitchen tonight. Pulled off the bad glue job, and reglued the rings to the glass, making sure that they were actually put on STRAIGHT this time. Currently waiting for the glue to dry a bit more before reassembling all the parts, so don’t know if our attempts to fix them actually worked yet.

Either way, the folks at Thermos will be hearing from us. There was no excuse for sending something out with that shoddy assembly job. Thermos used to be a really good brand, but as usual, “the new and improved” things again, may be new, but are sure not improved.

EDIT: Well, several days and a few thermoses of coffee later, it looks like our dis-assembly and re-assembly of our two thermoses worked. Not a leak, not a dribble of coffee have we seen. Thermos is still going to get a nasty gram about it though. No excuse for that shoddy workmanship from a company like them. They should at least warn on the sales page that “some re-assembly required prior to first use.” LOL.

The great invention called Super Glue :)

How’s THAT for a random out of the blue thought! :)

One of my first few blog posts had to do with issues that we had with the pair of brand new Thermoses (Thermi?) that we bought to replace the one that shattered on my way to work after I had to slam on my brakes to avoid the jerk in the SUV who cut me off in traffic. http://wp.me/pLxg8-n We bought them right from Thermos, figured they’d work great, tried them for the first time, and discovered they both leaked. Took them apart, found that Quality Control inspector Number 13 was apparently asleep on the job and sent them on their way with them half falling apart and pieces glued on crooked.

Anyway, we repaired them with the only glue we had in the house, just some Elmer’s type craft glue, and they worked for a good couple of months before they started leaking again. Apparently craft glue is NOT the ideal choice for gluing together things that contain hot beverages; where we’d glued things back together ourselves, the glue was just falling apart, hence why the thermoses were falling apart and leaking again.

So I pick up a tube (just a small one, figuring we’d use it once on the thermoses and then never need it again) of some of that heavy duty “warning: bonds permanently, use care to not glue fingers together” Super Glue stuff at the hardware store, that’s supposed to be really good with things like glass, plastic, etc. Just the thing that little thermoses are made of. Took the things apart again, cleaned out all the old glue, let them dry well overnight, and then reassembled them the next day using the super glue I’d bought. And once again, we had two working thermoses, in better shape than what we’d gotten from Inspector Number 13. LOL.

Super Glue is good for lots of other things, we’ve already discovered.

Like gluing mouse chewed off parts back onto mousetraps to make them functional again.

And gluing METAL non-chewable parts onto mousetraps to make them functional AGAIN, after the mouse chews off the reglued parts after one night. Talk about building a better mousetrap. Why do they not just make ones that work out of METAL instead of this easily chewed plastic crap?

And when the strap of my one month old shoulderbag snaps off at the bottom of the purse. A couple of dabs of superglue on the strap, hold it in place for 30 seconds, momentarily panic when the glue seeps through the leather and my finger is stuck temporarily to the inside of the purse. :-O But after unsticking my finger, purse is as good as new. :)

And reglue the cushion on the base of the kneeling bench that my mom uses for gardening that had just conveniently fallen off just before we bought the glue.

All of which are still holding together nicely, after being dabbed with the miracle invention known as superglue. Yay!