Not sure if other people are like this but I think hand tools are really neat. Some of the ones that I have and use were my grandfather’s. (That would be the founder of the store, Clarence.)
Tools that are well made will serve you forever if you take care of them. I learned that a long time ago. When I got interested in cars and engines as a teenager I bought a great set of sockets and wrenches that I still have today.
Also, I bought a pair of linesman pliers back then when I worked as an electrician and I still have those pliers as well.
What has changed is that it is harder to find quality tools. A lot of the names that meant quality in the past were bought by bigger companies that did not have the concern for quality shown by the original. I suppose its partly our fault as consumers in general by always looking for a “bargain”. Turns out that buying cheap tools is hardly a bargain. They don’t last and they don’t work so great.
Anyway, that pair of linesman pliers is a tool that electricians do just about everything with. You strip wire, cut wire, punch “knockouts” out. You can still get a quality tool like that at Durfee’s. I noticed that we have a linesman plier and screwdriver set from Klein tools on the second floor. Klein is still a manufacturer with pride in their work. Not the most inexpensive tool you will ever buy but it might actually be the best value if you keep it as long as I have.
Well, I decided to try to plant some apple trees. This required me to dig some holes which I then filled with some topsoil and peat moss.
I also continued to cut some trees down to make room for the apple trees. Anyway, I bought an extra chain saw chain so that I could have the original chain sharpened at Durfee’s.
I bought some more primer. While I did finish the front porch and it looks beautiful, I still need to do the back porch. I’m cutting more wood and need to prime it.
Finally, I planted some grass. I have found it doesn’t pay to skimp on buying grass seed. I buy the best and mix it with a little top soil and put it in the poorer spots in my lawn. Since I’m lazy about watering I only do it in the spring and the fall.
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