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Monday, February 9, 2015

Man of Steel

I have been called many things in my life, but "handyman" isn't one of them.

We have had a recurring problem with the inside unit of our central air and heating system. The problem is that the suction from the return vent is so strong that it tends to bend the filter which allows unfiltered air to get to the coils, and dog/cat hair gets lodged in said coils. Then the unit isn't working as effectively as it should.

After careful thought and some high-level engineering, my solution was to place a flat metal brace across the center of the opening where the filter was set. The brace would give the filter extra support and keep it from bending.


I made a trip to Home Depot for a flat metal bar and some JB Weld to attach it to the unit. I cut the bar to the perfect length and was ready to install. I mixed the JB Weld (which is a metal-based epoxy glue) on a pallet, placed it on the floor near the unit, and was ready to go.

This is where the problem started.

To see the bracket where the filter rests meant I would have to lay on my side, with my face on the floor in order to get a good view. So I did that... and put my left cheek in the middle of the pallet of JB Weld.


I guess you can add "Man of Steel" to my list of titles :)


  1. Awww, no photo? I took photos of my ugly weekend situation, but thought better of posting them out of consideration for y'all...

  2. Just tweak your story a little. No sense losing face over it ... : o )

    1. "He's here all week folks. Don't forget to tip your waitress!"

  3. will if u put in this bracket how will u replace/clean the coils in the future???

  4. That's really going to reduce the tells at the poker table. Maybe you can patent the concept.

    1. oh good point. new poker username" The Man behind the JB Weld Mask"