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November 9, 2012

Helpful Hints from joeeze: How to tighten your eyeglass stem — with what's in the room


You know how every now and then one of the screws holding the stem of your glasses or sunglasses to the frame gets loose?

I used to get all bent out of shape until I could get home — where I have a jeweler's screwdriver set, mandatory since sometimes the screws are slot and sometimes they're Phillips head — or stop by a jewelry store to get it tightened.

Then one day last year I thought to myself, come on: there's got to be a better way.

So I stuck my thumbnail in the screw slot and twisted hard.

Lo and behold, the tiny bit of torque was just enough to firm up the screw and put the stem back into proper functioning mode.

I love that I was able to once again invoke one of the defining mantras of my life, a quote from the great Dr. Edwin H. Land: "Solve the problem with what's in the room."

Try this approach with every single thing that vexes you and you will surprised and delighted at how many problems melt away as if by magic into solutions.

Think like an anesthesiologist.

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Ooh, good suggestion, Mark!

Posted by: Nathan | Nov 9, 2012 4:34:10 PM

Or carry a tiny leather man squirt like you just had on your site the other day

Posted by: Mark A Hall | Nov 9, 2012 4:17:12 PM

Or you could carry a good pocket multitool, such as the Squirt Ps4 featured on this here weblog, thus ensuring that whatever room you're in always has the right tool.

(Full disclosure: the squirt Ps4 doesn't have a phillips head small enough to screw in glasses screws, but my glasses have the hybrid screw head with a short groove crossed with a long groove, so you can use either flat or phillips head bits.)

Posted by: Nathan | Nov 9, 2012 10:20:10 AM

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