Albertson’s had a good sale this week, but what it a great shopping weekend for me is the additional 10% off for veterans. Oh and some additional coupons for chicken thighs at about 70 cents per pound. A couple of 3 plus pound packages of petit-sirloins and the freezer is about full of meat for the next several months. True Value Hardware had a ‘pedestal fan’ on sale for $16.99 that I bought. I like this fan, as the round pedestal is very heavy, so the the fan does not seem prone to tipping. I prefer a solid sloping pedestal fan rather than a fan that sits on on a X of metal legs as the base of the fan. No toes getting hung up/kicking the fan base. I will buy another of these fans for the living room to help circulate cool and warm air this summer and winter. Having the correct fan in place to circulate either cool or warm air is critical for me as I no longer use any sort of “Central Air/ Heating system. Even with adding all the additional fans to move air my power bill is still much lower compared to using my old “central system”.
I did not get to help Mom much this weekend. I had about 4 hours sleep on Saturday. My attitude and emotional outlook was “problematic”. I had no desire to inflict my poopy attitude on Mom so I rescheduled for Sunday. Mom did not feel good/tired and her attitude was not conducive to getting much work done on Sunday. The day was not a total loss as I got Mom some sale stuff from Albertsons and I installed one of my old blinds in her kitchen window. Mom wants to replace the guts of her toilet but did not get everything needed for a total replacement. That is okay, as I did not bring all the tools needed to do the replacement of toilet “guts”.
Speaking of tools. Having good hand tools for a variety of DIY jobs usually does not get much attention on prepping websites. It is all buy antique hand powered tools or battery power tools and we don’t see how multi-functional a good set of vice-grips, channel lock pliers or screwdriver set can be a critical tool. I’d say if you are looking for 2nd hand tools check out your local Pawn shop. Most of the tools are “contractor grade” and can be had for a good price.
Last but not least. I will say, you should try doing a few small DIY jobs. Buy the tools as you can afford so you tackle larger jobs. Also if you think a job “in home” may be to big to tackle in a 2 days get a good contractor to do the work. If you are working in the yard or your shop take all the time you need to do the job. How do you find a good contractor? Educate yourself about the job and ask questions of the contractor. You don’t have to be an expert, just some basic knowledge about the work you want done and how that work “should” be done.
You will screw up and make mistakes, that is part of learning a new skill. Sometimes the difference between failure and success is 1/8th of an inch or less.