couple of months ago, I was taking inventory of my
workshop, which some of you have seen thanks to the
"Ask Al" video series a few years back.
sophomore-year college roommate still thinks they were
hysterical, and while I was trying to be serious, I am
so embarrassed by them that I will not watch them.
was much more entertaining as "The Gadgeteer"
on the Discovery Channelís "Home Matters"
program all those years ago, which reminds me that I
still need to convert all of those VCR tapes to DVDs
when I leave my personal papers to one of those online
inventory was designed to see if I needed to make
further donations to the ReStore, but it got me thinking
about the tools I use most.
if you are starting out or are looking to add on, it
might be a help.
tape measure (I have five, but a 25-footer that locks
and unlocks easily is the handiest).
have five circular saws and a table saw, but I sharpen
the teeth of my crosscut saw regularly and prefer to use
the other hand, my chop saw gets a regular workout ó
on average six or seven times a month, and more when I
am on a construction spree.
hammers of various weights, right down to a tack hammer.
I use all of them only because I forget where Iíve
left the last one on a project.
have several sets of screwdrivers of every known size,
right down to the watch set my father used at Benrusí
Waterbury, Conn., assembly plant in the late 1940s.
need just one set because unless a lens in my glasses
loosens, all I need is the one.
drill drivers are more useful, especially if the drills
are sharp and you have one battery charging and one in
enough, although my first was a 12-volt Dewalt and
drill/drivers have evolved so much in the last 20 years,
I still prefer that 12-volt original and a Dewalt
replace the batteries regularly, however.
you do, bring the used ones to the home center or an
authorized collection center for recycling.