Over the weekend I had some time to climb up on our roof and get a few little things done. I had neglected our gutters so it was good to get them cleaned out. The other thing I was able to do was to fix our antenna.
When it comes to television… we cut the cord before cord cutting became cool. It’s been over a decade since we’ve had cable or satellite. Our watching comes from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and over the air channels. That’s the reason we have a rooftop antenna.
I’m not sure when it happened, maybe a few months ago, but the cable that connects to the antenna broke off and was laying on our roof. Most of our channels still came in so I didn’t bother fixing it right away.
With plenty of time and a nice day on my hands, I grabbed some tools, my ladder, and took to the roof. The problem was obvious once I got up there. The wind had worked the cable loose and with it rocking in the breeze the wires eventually broke.
I had a replacement part on hand and installed it quickly. Then it was time to seal it up and attach the cable to the antenna to prevent the same thing from happening again. The tool for the job was electrical tape.
I pulled the roll of tape from my pocket. Standing on our roof seeing that black tape in my hand reminded me of my Grandpa. He seemed to always have a roll nearby… whether it was in his pocket, the seat of his truck, or on the kitchen desk by the phone.
Black electrical tape was one of his go-to’s to fix things. It reminded me of his other quick-fix item… baling twine. Twine and twine scraps were all over his farm too!
I didn’t need twine to fix our antenna but I used plenty of electrical tape. I thought about my grandpa while I worked and knew he’d approve of the job I did.
Previously, I have written about memories of my Grandpa’s pocket knife… guess you can add electrical tape and twine to the other top things that will easily bring his memory back.