“Take these three items right here. You can have this. WD-40, vise grips, and some duct tape. Any man worth his salt can do half the household chores with just those three things.” ~ Walt Kowalski
The other day I found myself in a conversation about the four tools that everyone should have in their tool box. Many opinions will surface, but here is the list that we developed based on our vast years of knowledge and experience: Duct tape, WD-40, vise grips and a tool that is to be named later.
For example, let’s say you have a leaky faucet. So a quick look under the sink to turn off the shut off valve, only to find it is stuck. Simple solution spray some WD-40 on it and wait. If you don’t feel like waiting and the leak is driving you crazy grab the vise grips and turn the valve with all your might. While turning the lubricated, stuck valve with your vise grips, it somehow breaks and sends water shooting all over. Now grab your duct tape and quickly seal it off. Problem solved, except now there is a faster drip, but at least you got to use your tools. Last tool, the cell phone, it is used to call a plumber.
Here are some other handy uses for your tools: Creating a hole in the wall (vise grips), fixing a hole in the wall (duct tape), causing a slippery floor (WD-40), temporary replacement for a steering wheel (vise grips), getting your sister to be quiet (duct tape), cracking a walnut (vise grips), fixing a broken tail light (duct tape), Free a tongue stuck to frozen metal in winter (WD-40), instant step for climbing (vise grips), and I’m sure there are multiple other uses for these wonderful tools.
Here is a book you can read that you may find helpful: The complete idiot’s guide to simple home repair.
Join fellow travelers at the Amelia Library on Friday, May 11th at 10:30 a.m. as we chat about travel websites and the Mango language database. The Mango Language database is available on the library website. It is a database where you can learn a few foreign phrases to use during your travels or learn a language in-depth for more extensive travel.
Clermont County library also has language learning materials on CD and phrase books and dictionaries that can be checked out.
During our chat we will explore some of the websites on the internet.
Most of the major travel guide companies have websites that are easy to access such as Fodors, Frommers, Lonely Planet and Tripadvisor. Many include reviews and travel tips by other travelers.
The CDC is a website maintained by the Centers for Disease Control that will give you updates on needed vaccinations and travel alerts.
The State Department provides information about passports and the National Park Service has information on the National Parks. The National Park Service has recently devoted a webpage to Civil War History for the 150 years anniversary.
If you are looking for alternative transportation Airlines, Buses, and Trains all have their own website where you get information about making reservations and travel. Travel Apps are also available for your mobile phone.
Don’t leave home uninformed. Join us at the Amelia Library as we explore travel resources on Friday, May 11th.
“I found things in the woods that I didn’t know I was looking for… and now I’ll never be the same.” – Jennifer Pharr Davis
Armchair travelers, nature enthusiasts, and anyone with wanderlust might be interested in Becoming Odyssa: Adventures on the Appalachian Trail by Jennifer Pharr Davis (trail name: Odyssa). In 2005, as a recent college graduate, Davis decided to thru-hike alone all 2,175 miles of the Appalachian Trail. With this memoir, you can join Davis on her four month journey. Discover the daily trials of cooking, sleeping, and hygiene. Commiserate as Davis makes her way through blizzards, seemingly endless rain, swarming bugs, rock fields, injury, illness, and equipment failures. Delight in her encounters with wild ponies, moose, Trail Angels, and fellow hikers. From a terrifying occurrence in New Jersey to a trail romance, Davis experiences the extremes that both humanity and nature have to offer on her route to becoming Odyssa.
In her memoir, Davis asks, “What did Odysseus do when he got home?” Well, Odyssa went on to hike over 11,000 miles on long distance trails on six continents. Thur-hiking the Appalachian Trail twice more, this past summer Davis took the Overall Appalachian Trail Record, accomplishing the entire trail in 46 days, 11 hours, and 20 minutes! Follow her adventures, and see how she came so far so fast, on her blog.
Intrigued by the prospect of hiking the Appalachian Trail? The library has lot of other books for you to check out on the subject.