Confessions of a Toolbox Junkie

Alright… confession time here. Ever since I first walked into the tool 
department at our local Sears®, I was hooked. And that was over 45 years
 ago!<br><br>Most kids headed to the toys or sporting goods departments.
 Not me. It was straight to the screwdrivers, wrenches and saws. I was 
in paradise. IDEAL Industries

Steve Maurer, IME

Alright… confession time here. Ever since I first walked into the tool department at our local Sears®, I was hooked. And that was over 45 years ago!

Most kids headed to the toys or sporting goods departments. Not me. It was straight to the screwdrivers, wrenches and saws. I was in paradise.

My love affair with tools never ended. And with today's new technologies, my addiction to tools increases.

Tools that get the job done right
I've worked with some old-school "good ol' boys." Give them a hammer, screwdriver and pair of pliers and they'll work on anything. (Almost forgot the duct tape!)

I'm always on the lookout for the newest and best tool for the job. Not always successful, but I try. I still remember the day I brought a triangular circular-saw blade to the shop. I still get ribbed about that one!

The cuts on my hands have healed nicely though.

These days, I'm more discerning. And I'm pretty picky as well. I don't just look for a tool that will get the job done. I look for one that will get it done again… and again… and again.

In other words, a quality piece of equipment.

Datacom work… a second honeymoon!
I've been doing electrical work for a long time. But when datacom came to town, it was like a honeymoon. New applications required new tools… and a bigger toolbox.

On wheels, no less.

I started running and terminating CAT5, cable TV lines and other cabling.  I've always been taught that good workmanship was important. And because I have the right tools and do my best to make the job look great, most datacom tasks wait until I'm back to work.

I know you're the same way. At the end of the day, it's my signature on the work order or job sheet. Having the right tools makes a big difference.
Knowing how to use them correctly… even more so.


Photo courtesy of IDEAL Industries