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How to stay safe when doing repairs

To all three of my viewers, I am sorry to have missed a week of posting.

Today shall take a more serious note: How to prevent injuries while doing home repairs or building things.

Basically if you are halfway conscious and not drunk, you will probably be okay. If you don’t know what you are doing, call in someone who does. By that I don’t mean your brother or uncle who has replaced an electrical outlet once while standing in a tub of water. Use the right tool for the job. Don’t be like me the other day and use a screwdriver that is way too small, only to have it slip and puncture your finger. Not fun.  I’ve had my fair share of tool related injuries and they can all be summed up in the fact that I was in a hurry. Take your time, focus on the work at hand.

I will also note that when you take your time, you won’t end up having to fix the same thing twice. This has happened to me because I was in a hurry and had to get the job done. Just do it right the first time.

I hope these tips help you to not cut your hand off next time you fire up the table saw.

-Jeff

Fix it or Schmuck it

fixitWelcome, fellow bloggers.

Today I am going to impart some of my wisdom to you as it pertains to basic home repairs.

First things first: your tool kit shall contain the following items: 1 roll of duct tape, 1 can WD-40, and one sledge hammer. If you can not fix any broken item in your home with these items, then it may be time to head down to the local hardware store. It is extremely important that you enter the hardware store while on your cellphone. This lets the clerk know how important you are. After doing this for a few minutes, interrupt him while he is waiting on the next customer, because your problem IS more important. Be sure to describe your problem in as few words as possible. Do not bother taking a picture or attempting to draw anything out. The hardware man can guess. Note-these steps will not work at a big box home improvement store. They will be just as clueless as you.

Once you have the appropriate parts, return to your home and the swearing shall commence.  If there is no swearing, then clearly you are not doing it right. Flying sparks and/or running water are always the sign of a quality repair job.

Next week, we will cover some common injuries that happen trying to do your own repairs.