I'd like to ask your indulgence for a couple of minutes to read the following in detail.
The days are long gone when the main choice of woodscrews was between steel or brass, countersunk or roundhead. You can still buy these types of screws, but they are for niche markets. The trades, and increasingly every screw user, are able to buy the modern types of straight-shanked, coarse threaded and pozi-headed screws that are meant to be driven by cordless drivers. I don’t miss the old days, fiddling with pilot holes and the hassle of using a screwdriver – bring on the Bullet Screws.
I am quite picky about the measuring tapes that I use pretty well every day because over the years I have collected quite a few from reviews and samples.
Even from a Distance – the Leica DISTO™ D510 is a Good Measure
Laser levels are a no-brainer these days. They are even easier to use, very versatile and accurate and sure beat a piece of string and a plumb bob because they don’t move around when there is the slightest air movement. They are also coming down in cost too, so what once cost over £200 is now available for less than half that.
Years ago, I returned some good quality shoes I had bought because they leaked profusely the first time I wore them out in the rain. The shop assistant looked shocked and seemed to be quite put out when I suggested that a pair of shoes in our climate ought to have some water resistant properties.
Judging from our increasingly wet weather we will have to start making the products we use more capable of dealing with the sorts of weather conditions we have on our Soggy Little Island.
A Torch for 007?
Remember when lasers were the coming thing in the trade? Some predicted that they wouldn’t be up to the job, but so many great devices have appeared on the market in the last five or so years that it is a no-brainer not to expect to use them. Increasingly, they are incredibly well priced as we follow the usual pattern that the more that they are adopted, the cheaper they get.
What did we do before lasers? Perhaps the lack of them explains some of the slightly dodgy angles I come across when I am around doing various jobs? We just don’t have the excuse any longer for sloping doorways, windows not quite at right angles or rows of tiles that don’t line up.
I guess we all managed quite well before the arrival of laser levels. A plumb bob and spirit level are capable of giving good results in the hands of people that know what to do. For myself, laser levels have been nothing short of minor miracles.