My Dad and I are handier than I thought

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The boys in my family have never really been renowned for being particularly ‘handy’ when it comes to building things, fixing things or really doing anything involved with tools… and to be honest, I think I’m the worst out of all of them.

To give you an indication of the confidence we have when it comes to tools and home-handy-man work… on the first day we moved into the new house, we discovered that there was hot water in the bathroom basin and laundry tubs, but the hot water didn’t appear to work in the kitchen or the shower.

So after checking the hot water system and pipes to the various taps etc. I gave my folks a call to see if they had any pearls of wisdom. Mum answered the phone, so I explained the situation and asked to speak with Dad (at which point she started laughing) and proceeded to joke that I may not have picked the best person to call when it comes to these sorts of things.

As it turns-out, the taps were just back-to-front and hot water labels were on the cold taps by mistake. Easily fixed and I felt pretty stupid for not thinking to check something as simple as that… but my feeling of stupidity was far outweighed by relief that we didn’t need to get a plumber over to fix something on the very first day we arrived.

Anyways… I digress.

A couple of weeks ago, Kristy and I purchased a cloths hoist as the new house didn’t have one, and neither of us had any idea of how we were going to mount it. So I called my Dad… and he concurred – none of us had any idea of how we would put this thing up. In fact, the conversation went a little like this:

Me: “Hi Dad… we just bought a cloths hoist but it’s currently in the box and we’ll need to assemble it and put it up”
Dad: “Really? Do you know anyone who can do that sort of thing?”
Me: “That’s what I was hoping you could help us with”
Dad: “Um… err… sure… I’m sure we’ll be able to figure it out”

And we did!!!

After a couple of trips to the hardware store to get the nuts, bolts, screws and a few planks of wood to help re-enforce the structure and a few hours worth of measuring, sawing, drilling and screwing… it was complete:

It may not look like much, but considering I don’t really own any proper tools and prior to this project the only thing I’ve constructed is Ikea furniture… it’s not a bad effort.

Let me leaving you with these parting words of wisdom that I heard recently – “When all you have is a hammer… all your problems start to look like nails”

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  1. Bravo, Bravo ! there are 2 bravo’s because one is for your dad. Im impressed – i was, in all honesty expecting to see a construction worthy of a picasso installation. Not quite sure what it is supposed to be or do but looks pretty! I have a feeling that this might be the start of a beautiful relationship between you and a box of weird and wonderfull tools 🙂 Cheers

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