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Yesterday I bought a reciprocating saw and a random orbit sander.

They just sold them to me. Gift card money, in fact.

I am amazed that they'll just let me out of the store with powerful electrical tools like that. Shouldn't I have to take a class? Get a permit?

It was scary to stand in front of all the miter saws and realize that I can buy one of _those_ whenever I want, too. I'm not ready for that sort of responsibility! (And also, I really hate circular saw noise even more than other power tool noise. As it is I need earplugs for things that do not bother typical human beings.)

I dunno, guys, I'm not really a grownup yet, I dunno why they're letting me buy a house and power tools and shit!

ETA: OMG I NEED A SHOPVAC!
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posted by [identity profile] jeditigger.livejournal.com at 11:03pm on 19/04/2009
Power tools scare the crap out of me.
 
posted by [identity profile] digitalemur.livejournal.com at 03:46am on 20/04/2009
Various people have pointed out that this is a _healthy_ fear, but ya know, I need to manage it enough to install the cat flap in the stairwell/basement door, because I'm tired of the whole house smelling like basement in order for Oz to get to his box.
 
posted by [identity profile] jeditigger.livejournal.com at 05:16pm on 20/04/2009
Oh, I applaud you and when John and I get a house, I'll be getting us a shop.

They still scare me.

YOU ARE SUCH AN ADULT!
 
posted by [identity profile] marginaleye.livejournal.com at 12:43am on 20/04/2009
OMG I NEED A SHOPVAC!

You know, sawdust makes excellent "brown" (i.e. carbon-rich, nitrogen-poor) material for composting (as long as it's not from pressure-treated lumber, which is full of pesticides and toxic metal compounds).
 
posted by [identity profile] digitalemur.livejournal.com at 03:47am on 20/04/2009
It does? YAY!

And yeah, pressure treated lumber has scary shit in it, mom always made us wash our hands after playing anywhere it was used.
 
posted by [identity profile] marginaleye.livejournal.com at 04:40am on 20/04/2009
Yes, sawdust is, indeed, excellent for composting.

Even extreme composting.
 
posted by [identity profile] mrfantasy.livejournal.com at 01:52pm on 20/04/2009
Besides pressure treated lumber, also be careful if what you sawed had lead paint on it.

 
posted by [identity profile] meepodeekin.livejournal.com at 01:09am on 20/04/2009
I don't see how fear of power tools has to do with being not grown up. I like all 10 of my fingers just where they are. For me personally, having a Dex of 7 or 8 makes some things just plain Bad Ideas (tm).
 
posted by [identity profile] digitalemur.livejournal.com at 03:47am on 20/04/2009
I have pretty good manual dex, though less with whole-body activities, so I should be able to turn my fear into reasonable caution.
 
posted by [identity profile] emilymorgan.livejournal.com at 03:44am on 20/04/2009
I have that feeling when I go to the hardware store and buy, like, wood glue.

What projects are you working on?
 
posted by [identity profile] digitalemur.livejournal.com at 03:50am on 20/04/2009
Just now I put a new push-button locking doorknob on the basement/garage door. I also put vinyl weatherstripping on the bottom of the door.

Tomorrow: cat flap on the stairwell/basement door, so that the rest of the house can stop smelling like the basement and the catbox, but Oz can still get to the box with the door closed. THAT is going to involve cutting wood. I can't wait! I even set my cordless drill to charging!

Ongoing project: digging up the mostly-buried path of slate pavers that goes from my front door around the south side of the house to the back door. The damn things are hazardous where they are, and I want to use them for a patio or something.
 
posted by [identity profile] liddle-oldman.livejournal.com at 06:11pm on 20/04/2009
I think it was Dave Barry who wrote that, holding some major power tool, he kept thinking "Shouldn't an adult be doing this?"

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