Lil Fixes (Mini Frugal Tip)

I drink a lot of loose leaf tea. It’s cheap and yummy.

However, my tea strainer/tea infuser/mesh tea ball/whatever you want to call it started to develop what others called an “overbite.”

I was definitely contemplating buying a new, probably novelty tea strainer when it hit me: “Umm, you are an engineer. Why don’t you, I don’t know, solve this problem yourself and fix it?” Great idea, me!

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Tea Infuser before fix — gap allows leaves to exit

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Zoomed in — notice tea leaf attempting grand jailbreak

 

The strainer is metal with rivets…hmmm…can’t really adjust much…it does seem lopsided, though…what if I bent the lid slightly in the other direction…like so… et voila! Much tighter fit, even if it doesn’t show up so well in the picture.

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Fixed strainer has much smaller gap.

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Zoomed in — grand tea leaf escape denied!

Basically, tea like this:

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(Before) Tea leaves escaping willy-nilly

to this: 

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(After) Tea leaves that know their place.

1 minute of effort, >$5 saved. I might eventually buy the umbrella shaped strainer or the leaf strainer…but I will at least be able to hold off for a while.  😉

Any quick fixes you’ve made that gave life back to something sort of broken? 

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