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This boggles my mind. Don't know anyone with power tools? I don't know anyone without power tools. If I wasn't married to darkwolfie, I'm sure I'd be amassing my own collection (and don't think there won't be a fight for my dad's shop equipment after he goes between me and my sister).

i feel: tired tired

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esmerel From: esmerel Date: July 22nd, 2006 04:40 pm (UTC) (base camp)
hehee. I admit, I really only have a drill. I just don't have a need for anything else in terms of power tools. But when the drill was one of the first things we bought when we bought our house and I have a fairly decent set of regular hand tools :)
sgt_majorette From: sgt_majorette Date: July 22nd, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC) (base camp)
In a city apartment, you really only need a good drill, and maybe a cordless thing that also drives screws. And a little dremel-type tool for crafts.

I saw a teeny little battery-operated saw on TV, which I will buy if I see it at the mall. I'm such a girl when it comes to actually cutting anything with a hand saw.

I'm looking for my drill right now, my big butch totally unladylike Black & Decker. Every time I acquire a drill, my baby brother borrows it and loses it.

Women who say they don't know anyone who owns power tools are actually saying that they are so very feminine and delicate that they have never been in that forbidden place where Man Things lurk. If you ever meet such a person, slap her and then draw her husband out of earshot for a deep and passionate discussion of military operations. When she asks him what he was talking to "that woman" about, he will say you were just trading war stories. She won't believe him and will be completely paranoid and insecure in her own femininity, which will serve her right.

{Flashback: Man, I hate those professional Wives' Club types!}
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:53 pm (UTC) (base camp)
And if you're in a dorm, not even that.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 22nd, 2006 10:05 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, we weren't allowed to drill holes in our dorm room walls, so no... but once you're out on your own, definitely a cordless drill and screwdriver.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I don't own any power tools. Or tools. I take my spinning wheel apart with a swiss army knife and when I wanted to hang a picture, I had to borrow goingdriftless' hammer.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Okay, you're #1. But you should get your own tools. Every girl should have power tools. Power drill and cordless screwdriver, at a minimum. And a claw hammer. If I didn't already have such things at home, I'd be lusting after a chop saw, table saw, and circular saw, too, and I think Wolfie and I need a drill press, once we get the garage straightened out and useable as a shop. But that's me, and I seem to like building furniture and stuff.
kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:35 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Oh, I miss my old college scene shop. But drills cost money and I've been blowing on mine on things like bills and food and okay, copious amounts of alcohol.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:46 pm (UTC) (base camp)
birthdays? Winter Seasonal Gift-Giving Holiday of Your Choice?
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Also, at least you wouldn't be afraid to use one. :-)

kestrel127 From: kestrel127 Date: July 23rd, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Ooh! But I think my first choice for splurging for winter gifts is a sewing machine.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 23rd, 2006 06:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
IMO, sewing machines count as power tools. :-D
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: July 22nd, 2006 09:57 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Her profile says "I've been told I'm remarkably well-adjusted for a teenager." Which to me says: she knows plenty of people with power tools, but they're her friends's parents.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 22nd, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC) (base camp)
So, well-adjusted, but not real resourceful.
ladymorgaine From: ladymorgaine Date: July 25th, 2006 02:47 pm (UTC) (base camp)

Currently, I'm in a household (well, two households, I suppose) that have more tools than furniture, more tools than dvds, more tools than electronic gadgets. Add to that the *big* loaner & rental tools frequently on hand, like the cement mixer, ditch digger and pipe threader. (none of which I've ever had reason to learn to use, but fun to watch)
But I realize that's not normal, except for families with members in the construction trade.

Still, when sister and I were growing up with just my mother, we had a lovely selection of tools. We still have the family hammer my mom has had since she got married. When moving apart, there has been much strife over who got the sawzall, and who got the cordless drill over the one with the cord. At one point while single, I myself had more tools than any girl I knew, and more than most guys I knew. Doesn't everyone have screwdriver bits in their sock drawers?

Luckily, Sister and I are still living together, so the squabble over Dad's tools has not yet commenced.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: July 25th, 2006 02:49 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, I think the squabbling will be more between me and my brother-in-law...
15 trips or shoot the rapids