Friday, July 29, 2011, 3:09 AM
The virtues of standard sizing has its limitations. When the designer goofs up, the following happens and has happened in my own life.
In days of yore, one day, the transit operator decided to inform the ladies, starting with me, that bundle buggies do go through the rear/middle exit due to both the door frame and buggy axle being 18-inches.
After a few tries, I dragged the bundle buggy back up the steps, seized it sideways and stomped out and down a full 14-inches to the ground from the bottom step. Phew! I was younger and stronger then.
What the designer and the transit operator didn't consider was that there are caps on the 18-inch axle to hold the wheels on making the egress quite impossibly about an inch too narrow. Now that's quite a bit when the steps are boxed in not allowing me to twist the buggy through one of the two back doors.
Some packing boxes are wisely made and others are, well, standard sizing. The outer measurements of both the packing boxes and boxes that are supposed to go inside are the same. It should be the interior of the packing boxes and the exterior of the boxes holding the goods that should allow a good fit.
My latest plaint is my new refrigerator. I had to replace my old olive green refrigerator. I set out to determine all angles including one from life's oldest lessons as a child in the former Eaton department store. The salesman told Mom and Dad before they started choosing a refrigerator, they had to know the size of the space available for the fridge.
With that knowledge in hand, I chose the only refrigerator that would fit and at that only if I had the baseboard of the niche taken out. That was due to standard sizing of the fridge to the upper walls of the niche.
Wisely, the new store sent me an unadvertised fridge that would fit without wrecking the wall and floor finishing. A much smaller refrigerator that has earned my disdain in the short period of time I've had it. Firstly, it's painfully small. There is even lots of space left over in the refrigerator niche. Secondly, they charged me more for their expertise and wisdom than for the other impossible but more spacious fridge I ordered.
Thirdly, inside the refrigerator, the shelf above sits on the lids of the jars on the shelf below if I am to have any economy of space. This is insane as all the weight on the shelf above would rest on glass jars.
This phenomena is due to the height of the jar being the same as the height of the space allowed for the slides that are built into the sides of the fridge interior. The designer hadn't allowed for the thickness of the shelves themselves.
However, when foresight is used, the tall yoghurt container does fit between shelves very well without lifting the shelf above to make it fit. However, the height between shelves doesn't allow two medium tubs. ¿¿Mores: Eat yoghurt not sauces and pickles??
It's a Catch-22 situation, my friends. Do I live with this comical situation or have the designer sacked for the entrepreneur's better economy only to have another novice designer fudge up my life?
God willing, there will be a solution. God bless and good luck shopping!