The Right Tool

One of the lessons I learned from the old man (hi Dad 🙂 ), who in turn got it from my grandfather, is the benefit of purchasing the right tool for the job, when you need it. You then have that tool the next time, and the time after that and so on.

It is also worth buying quality – as much as you can afford. I have no idea, for example, how many pop rivet guns I bought (or used) over the years, and each one only lasting a job or two before failing. Once I discovered the accordian pop riveter, I was hooked, and it pops rivets all day long without failing, and is a pleasure to use to boot. Sure it is heavy, but you can put your whole body weight behind it to really drive a stubborn rivet home.

It also holds true for the caulking gun I bought a number of years ago – still a perfectly capable tool today, and working without failing, needing replacement etc.

While finishing off the post removal with the chain hoist reminded me of this – I bought the chain hoist a couple of years ago for a specific job, and it has sat there for quite a while now. But when it came to the post removal, it was the perfect tool for the job. I started using rope from a tree to the hoist, and then around the post. The rope was strong enough, but in this application there was just too much elasticity in the rope. Replacing the rope with chain, and the full power of the hoist was able to be transferred into the post. Good for me, bad for the post!

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Chain Hoist

As the force of the winch was transferred into the post, you could feel the tension in the hand chain – not that it was difficult to keep winding the winch with it – the power multiplier is quite impressive. The post got to a point, then there was that incredibly deep powerful crack sound, that only timber can make as it gives up the fight. Lumberjacks get to experience the concept on a regular basis, each time a tree is bought down by hand. There is no other sound quite like it.

One of the things I really want in the new shed, if possible. Enough height to have an I beam running the length of the shed, so I can use a carriage, with the winch attached.

Block & Tackle Trolley

 

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