Before I was allowed to get my first driver’s license, my dad insisted on teaching me some basics about the car. As you can imagine, I was highly motivated to learn how to change a tire and a few other emergency tricks as well as everyday maintenance. A few years later, when I bought my own car, I learned even more things. With the help of my dad and a really great auto care book, I was soon changing the oil, doing tune-ups, fixing seat belts and even replacing the alternator. I discovered that I liked working on my car so much that I signed up for a mechanic class at our local community college.
Apparently I hadn’t read the class description quite closely enough as I soon found myself learning to weld. It wasn’t the class I had planned on taking, but it was great fun and I am still inordinately proud of the tool box and the beautiful c-clamp that I made.
I really enjoy working with my hands and discovering why guys like all those “manly things” so much. One area I haven’t really ventured into though is power tools. For what should be obvious reasons, all those items designed to gash, gouge and pierce intimidate me more that a little. Yet, curiously, I found myself being drawn to Shaun’s tool chest.
You see, I had to hang some shelves. I had seen it done before, but I had never actually done it myself. So, I called Shaun to ask him how to do it. He just laughed at me and suggested I look it up on the Oracle. (That’s his pet name for the Internet) I looked it up and all the instructions involved drills. It seemed as though I had no choice in the matter. (And NO, I couldn’t just wait until he got home!)
I timidly approached the drill. I held it in my hands. It wasn’t so bad… Then I found the drill bits. So far so good. I finally decided that I was just going to have to risk an arm piercing as I really wanted those shelves up.
According to all of the directions I could find, I was supposed to find the stud and do extensive measuring to get things just so. I used the stud finder, the measuring tape and the level. It just wasn’t working for me so I eyeballed it then used the level to make sure it was right. (I’m so impressed with how good my eye is!) Then I took a deep breath and squeezed the drill. Wow! That was fun! I now have three shelves, a wall mounted magazine holder, a wall mirror and a six pronged coat rack in place. I think I’m finally starting to “get” the whole Manly Power Tool thing.
Hmmm…I wonder what I can do with that round saw looking thing….