Rewind

I went back to the book fair and struck it mildly lucky. I picked up a copy of this for Rs 495/-.

Montse Stanley

Not bad, eh? I’ve just skimmed through it and like the style.

Also got a few more murder mysteries…

And in waaah! news, how does one retract a unretracting retractable tape? I got one just this afternoon in a CAT PAC and enthusiastically stretched it out to its full length of 5 feet.  Now it won’t retract! Waaaaah! Only a couple of inches in and that’s it. It’s made in China.

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4 Comments

  1. About retracting the unretractable… I’ve dealt with recalcitrant retractors before (usually window blinds). Here’s my suggestions.

    1. (make sure you understand this before trying) Pull the tape out a tiny bit to disengage the stopping mechanism (or whatever it is you do to disengage the stopping mechanism… perhaps it is pushing a button?), then, while holding the tape taut, allow it to slowly retract. If it stops, pull a tiny bit again to re-disengage the stopping mechanism, and continue this process until either the tape is fully retracted, or it seems to want to work fine on its own.

    2. Hmmm… with blinds, I can usually wind them over a few times manually if necessary to give them enough play to get started. However, the tape measure is closed, so you can’t do this.

    Grr. I could probably figure this out if I had the thing in my hands (by disassembling and reassembling if necessary), but you’re way over there in India. I hope you get it figured out!

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