43. Jimmy Fixes His Door

Jimmy lives on the second floor of a -unit apartment building. His front door has two locks -- security deadbolt, and a regular door handle . The front door also has a peephole -- tiny piece of glass through which Jimmy can out his door at about eye-level to "preview" is knocking on his door or ringing his .
The peephole is a security device, but Jimmy uses it. When someone knocks, he just opens door. First of all, he lives in a neighborhood, so security is not really a problem. , people rarely knock on Jimmy's door, so he always eager to greet a visitor.
Before you knock on the front door, you have to the button on the black screen door to the screen door. The screen door has an lock on it, but the lock has not since the screen door was installed more than years ago. This has bothered Jimmy from day . Today, Jimmy finally decided to do something about lock on the screen door. It was a , warm sunny day. Jimmy was in his shorts -- flip-flops, no shirt.
The lock was part the screen door pushbutton handle. The outside and handles were held together with just two screws. got a flathead screwdriver and loosened both screws. kept adjusting the screws, and pushing on the button. Eventually he adjusted the screws enough to the lever stayed in the locked position when pushed on the outside button. Finally, he had the right adjustment.
But now he needed to a spacer on the inside handle to maintain adjustment. He found a piece of plastic that just the right thickness. He inserted the plastic the handle and the doorframe itself, and then tightened the two screws. Bingo! It worked perfectly. could push on the outside button with all might, and the lever would remain locked. Jimmy . The screen door finally worked properly!
Jimmy had a two-year-old problem in less than an hour. was ecstatic. He returned the screwdriver to the , thinking “I'm a genius.”