(supper-making time and the oven is locked!)
…the tough head downstairs, haul the million-year-old, million-pound “Enterprise” away from the wall, swivel the gas connection to the ON position, push the million-pound “Enterprise” back in to the wall, use the floppy broken BBQ lighter to locate and ignite the pilot and… hopefully… with the help of an oven thermometer… get GOING… back in the business of cooking chicken once again!
Vegans would say it serves me right.
Yes, I did also call the repair company. Just in case the oven never opens up again, or (even if it does) because I can’t take the chance that this will become a regular thing. This time, I know it will be an expensive fix. It’s got to be something fancy and digital and it will require a new motherboard or solenoid or some other part that an oven wouldn’t even have had thirty years ago.
Almost exactly a year to the day that it broke last time (September 24th), but it was a completely unrelated thing. Apparently, this locking problem is VERY common. What I wouldn’t give for an old-fashioned, non-digital, unintelligent gas stove! I wonder if they have any on Craigslist…?