I am posting this because only folks here would understand my satisfaction:
Last weekend I effected a repair on the Bargman L400 door lock on our Boler
. It has been marginally functional for the last 4 years -- couldn't secure the trailer from the outside -- and as most people know, all replacement locks have fallen into the hands of unconscionable gougers living like Gollum in the more squalid corners of ebay.
After taking it into a locksmith shop where both men shook their heads sadly and offered up sympathy for my pain but no solution, I played with it for hours, tweaked and filed and cut shims from tin cans and ground one part out of a washer and finally reassembled it into a working door lock.
It's not beautiful. But I can now lock the Boler
again. It fills me with the pride normally only felt by the owner of a truly ugly dog -- and this seemed the best place to share my victory over 40-year-old technology.