A Mystery

On Saturday, Sylvia started painting walls in the guest room.  This involved painting around the edges where she had to use a brush.  On Monday, she would get out the roller and paint the rest of the walls.  In her preparation, she removed the two doors in the guest room.

Sylvia woke up around 2 AM on Sunday when Nellie hopped up on the bed with her.  With no doors to keep her in the basement, kitty was up exploring the upstairs (people) portion of the house during her active time.  Nellie woke Sylvia several times that night.

On Sunday, we reinstalled the door between the guest room and the living room.  Later, we retired for the evening and about 15 minutes later I heard Nellie talking as she crossed the living room.  I got up and followed her back to that door.  Nellie went through and I closed it and went back to bed.

Two hours later, I heard Nellie talking as she came toward me again.  What?  Once again, I secured the door.

The door in question.

I was on the other side of the door in the picture.  This time I gave a test push.  The door opened.  It would not latch securely.

A length of light rope secured the door for the night.  Monday morning I went to investigate.  This is what I saw:

There is something wrong here! The bolt is backward.

The bolt was backward.  Has it been there for the 13 years that we’ve lived here?  Why had we never noticed it before?

Have you ever seen such a thing?

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About Chuck

I am retired after a career in electronics and in publishing. Today, my wife of 50+ years, Sylvia, and I live in a house on a hill beside a dirt road in rural west Michigan. We enjoy living in this country environment where livestock and wild life out number the human population.

10 thoughts on “A Mystery

  1. Yes, I’ve seen locksets installed wrong. Now we have the newest one (the outbuilding Marie and I fixed this summer) that won’t open at all. I’m hoping it’s just frozen. Very frustrating.

    • You can spray some WD-40 in that lockset. If it’s frozen, you’ll need to remove (or displace) the water. I hope it’s nothing more serious than that.

  2. Of course everyone can relate in some shape or form to the nature of your find, but still… :ha:

    Sounds like Nellie’s keeping you guys on your feet over there too…speaking of which, I hope yours (foot) is healing up a-ok!

    • Nellie is quiet and shy. We enjoy the few moments each day that we have to interact with her. I just hope she becomes my nap time lap buddy. That, it appears, may take some time. :-D

  3. Hahaha! Isn’t that funny that it took you that long to figure it out?! Good thing Nellie is there to find things for ya!

    sounds like things are going well with her. I sure hope so!

    How are you feeling, my friend?

  4. How is it that the “point” of the bolt did not hit the strike plate and stop the closing of the door? So, I assume you have corrected this problem; but thirteen years? :banghead:

    • The tip of the bolt struck the strike plate where it is curved and that pushed the bolt back. It only took a couple of minutes to correct the problem. Come to think of it, that door latch never did work “right.” But I found it amazing. :???:

  5. The question we often get is, “Did so-and-so build your house?”. His reputation seems to be well known and there is never a dull day in a so-and-so built house! (Bless his heart.)