Tuesday, February 16, 2021

True grittiness

My counter is only large enough to prepare a meal’s ingredients, so I cook on the floor. I set the butane/propane stove atop its case to bring it a little closer. This arrangement works fine, except the hard plastic stove feet like to slip on the hard plastic case. No accidents so far, but I knew it was just a matter of time before chili ended up on the rug and the rug ended up in a dumpster.

But I had an idea.

I bought a sheet of 80 grit sandpaper ($1.00) from a gem and mineral tools vendor in Quartzsite. Then I retrieved the spray adhesive from a bin under my bed, trimmed the sandpaper to size, sprayed the adhesive and, presto! A non-slip surface on the case. 

Not only does the sandpaper provide grippiness, it’s also heat resistant, so I’m less likely to melt the case. 

I’m so proud of myself. Until some future screwup.


  1. Smart and easy problem solve.

    Any room in your home for a pull-out or pull-up shelf just for that? Maybe a board/extension for counter that stashes under mattress or behind front seat or behind shelves? I have wondered if something like that would be used often enough to justify addition and extra set up effort in your space.

    1. I've had various ideas over the years for things like that, but none that got me excited enough to do.