June 14, 2008

Dremel Winner Numero Dos

contact_lens.jpgA fella named Robert wrote in with our second winning entry in the Dremel contest. His story follows the old question, "what's heavier: a pound of lead or a pound of contact lenses?" It's a heartwarming tale of someone who spends time planning and executing a project, only to realize that it was all for nothing.

Congrats Robert, we'll be shipping out your Dremel Tool shortly. Here's his story:

My wife was working for a contact lens company and had to keep many samples at the house. Not having enough room for the hundreds of boxes of lenses, that weighed only an ounce or so I came up with a solution. I would make storage on the inside of my one piece 16' garage door. After spending many hours and maybe a week, designing the shelving and organizing the hundreds of contacts by color, by power etc. I built the storage area on the inside of the door.

After loading the lenses according to my diagram and securing them so they would not fall out when I opened the garage door, I had my wife press the garage door remote and to my amazement the door would not open. I was stumped thinking there was something that jammed the door. I could not find anything and I tested it manually and it worked as planned.

Again I asked her to press the button and it would not open. After several attempts at manually opening and closing and not being able to get the opener to work, I released the safety lock and tried the door with the remote it worked.

It turned out that these tiny lightweight lenses added up to many pounds and caused my opener not to work. The load was too heavy.

Needless to say I was embarrassed and scrapped that project.

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Posted by Doug Mahoney at June 14, 2008 10:52 AM

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