Push me pull you door knobs

The push/lock button catches on Puffins cupboards and draws were showing their 19 years worth of wear. They had lost the plated finish with all the pushing and pulling over the years.

New and old

New and old

The last time I searched for replacements I only came up with units to replace the complete catch/lock assembly costing £8.90 each. The ten catches would set us back £89.00, which was beyond our budget for something purely cosmetic.

Recently someone on a forum put up a link to a company that supplied just the push button and rosette part, low & behold they were just £1.23 each, now we’re talking.

Locks On line

The Trident Autosleeper cupboards were the 13mm door thickness.

Replacement was quite easy, just unscrew the knob from the cupboard front.

Unscre knob

Unscre knob

Remove the two locating screw that hold the lock mechanism in place and withdraw the lock.

Removing lock

Removing lock

This reveals the rosette which can be removed by prising it out of the hole our by cutting it with a hacksaw. They can be a tight fit and you have to take care note to mark the door.

Cabinet push buttons (14)

The new rosette can by pushed into place. The lock and knob can then be reassembled.

New knob fitted

New knob fitted

We are pleased with the result.


Touching Souls

Sunday morning and we decided to go out for the day in Puffin. A campervan is not just for holidays.

Tewksbury was our destination and was only a short drive from home.

Reaching Tewksbury mid morning we parked up in the Spring Gardens car park in Oldbury Road (no Height restrictions). A market occupies the car park on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Ruby came with us and I think she enjoyed the trip, it’s hard to tell, but for such a small dog she struts about like she owns the place.

We wandered up towards Tewksbury Abbey and admired the “touching souls” statue created by Mico Kaufman in 1999

touching souls

Opposite the Abbey in Church street is a coffee shop called Caffe’e vino bar Italiano with a sign on the door saying, “cool dogs allowed”.

Ruby thinks she is cool, so in we went.

Tea, Coffee, flapjack and a dog biscuit for Ruby from the waitress.  Caffe e vino

cafe vino

Tewksbury is full of historically interesting buildings

We later drove a short way out of Tewksbury towards Gloucester and just past the Marquis Motor home dealership is a lane called Lower Lode Lane with a picnic area at the end looking out over the River Avon. The beauty of having a campervan is the being able to park up and switch on the gas heating on a chilly day, brew a cup of tea and dine on homemade baguettes.

Suitably refreshed we set of again this time retracing our steps. A detour into to Morrisons for diesel and then taking the pretty way home, taking a meandering drive through the Cotswolds.