Monday, April 12, 2010

More uses for the 4 rules

The four rules work for power tools, tool, especially when you’ve got a 4-year-old helping you. Besides wearing eye and hearing protection, remember:

1. All power tools are always plugged in. (I found myself unplugging my circular saw if I wasn’t actually using it that very minute.)

2. Never hold your (although I suppose it still holds true) the tool near something you don’t want sliced, pierced, ground, spindled or otherwise mutilated to bits.

3. Keep your booger-hooks off the buzz-switch(es) until everything is lined up, and the 4-year-old is in a safe spot.

4. Be sure of what you are cutting/drilling/slicing/dicing and what is under/behind/next to/around it.

I emerged reasonably unscathed (only a couple of splinters, and a blister on my thumb. “We gotta install microwave ovens. Custom kitchen deliveries. We gotta move these refrigerators...” Sorry. Got carried away.) and with a pile of sticks approximately the correct size. Good rules to follow, even off the range.

Oh, and  I saw a bald eagle on my way in to work this morning. I love living where I that is not an uncommon occurrence.


  1. I was working on senior design last weekend, using a chop saw to cut aluminum, and those very same rules popped into my head. Very applicable for everyday situations, more than just firearms.

  2. As someone who extends his trigger finger alongside the drill (alright, drill motor), this is brilliant.

    Speaking of which, you gave me an amusing idea.

  3. Staghounds,

    I'm glad I'm not the only one. . . I thought I was a freak there. . .

    (Shorter Half)

  4. Geodkyt,

    You are somewhat of a freak -- look at your wife. But I'll give you a pass on that one.