Learn the art of improvisation with waste material to save moneyMembers,
Waste material do help us in a great way. We can improvise many things by using the waste materials at home. Here I would like to narrate a thing that I have improvised very recently.
Last week, I applied for a separate electric power supply service for my deity's temple. Till date I was using the service line available to the nearby temple. I got it sanctioned and power supply was provided on last Sunday. The switch and meter was provided outside the temple which is not protected for weather. I wanted to buy a meter box that can withstand any weather and save the meter and the main switch and fuse. When I enquired about the meter box available in the market, an ordinary meter box of ordinary tin material costs Rs. 1500/-. When I asked someone to manufacture a solid meter box, they quoted Rs. 3000 to 5000/-. And I was not satisfied with the model box shown to me. It was of poor workmanship.
While lying on bed, something came in my mind. I had a condemned washing machine Whirlpool's white magic that was lying on my backyard. It is a top load machine. The top's design is damn good. It has a glass door of 18 x 10 inches. I thought why not use the w/m top cover to make a meter box. I measured its size. It measured 22.5 x 22.5 inches with a depth of 5 inches. My meter box required to cover 22 x 18 inches only. I had some waterproof plywood of 3/4 inches thickness of 8 feet length. I removed the top cover, cut all the electric wires and cut the plastic portion inside to make the items visible through the glass door. I called a carpenter to make a square box of 22.25 x 22.25 inches with a depth of inches. I went to the hardware shop and bought 8 L angles, sufficient screws, I fitted the box with the L angles around the meter board and then placed the w/m top cover over it and screwed it up. Also I provided a locking facility. I covered all the switch holes and the writings on the cover with a wrapping paper.
I have spent only Rs. 1200/- (Rs. 500 for the L angles, screws, padlock, small nuts and bolts. And paid the carpenter Rs. 700/-)
OMG!. The meter box looks great. There is no such meter box available anywhere. All those who had a look at the meter box wondered and asked me from where I could get such an excellent meter box. I am sure , our members also would wonder about the box.
Have you done such improvisation in your life? If yes, narrate it.
I will be uploading the image of the meter box later as I could not take a snap of it.