Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Handy household hints...

Sometimes ideas for posts come from unexpected quarters...like taking apart my ex's mess (media room conversion from garage; I need a garage, not a media room).

There are 8 things you need to take care of when you are working, whether by yourself or with someone else:  your two eyes, your two ears, your two lungs, and your two hands.  And watch to see you don't hit yourself in the shin with the sledge.  Haven't done that yet on this project, but there's still more to dismantle...

Sometimes the best tool for the project is the old, tried and true and not the fancy newer version that cost more and looks cooler.  Case in point:  pulling apart a construction consisting of 2x4s.  Have a pry bar with a hammer of sorts at one end, and it usually works just fine, but pulling the nails out of boards - nice, old, long plain pry bar has more leverage and makes pulling nails (why he had to use nails that bloody long, I do not know) soooo much easier.

Keep hydrated.  Take small breaks (like writing a quick blog post).  Don't go so long without food that your blood sugar drops; you'll get logy after eating and not be as inclined to resume the task.   And don't work until you're exhausted; you'll hurt yourself or make mistakes...

 If you have to work alone, get the book Working Alone: Tips & Techniques for Solo Building

And use your swear words in grammatically correct sentences. Especially when you're dealing with work someone left for you to do that will take time away from all the other projects he stuck you with.