It’s National Mail Order Catalog Day! Although I do have fond memories of flipping through the Sears Catalog a time or two.
This goes out to all my builder readers. All you good folks that make something out of nothing. You’ve seen and worked with all manner of things that most of us are oblivious to so I’m looking for your expertise. This weekend Wyatt and I were fixing a wooden box for a neighbor. We started by removing the bad wood which involved taking out some screws. After some basic cordless drill instructions Wyatt began to back out these square drive screws. A few spins and there is was outward movement so, OK, this one is stripped out in the old wood we’ll beat it out. After pounding out, with great difficulty I might add, the first three fasteners we begin to rethink our approach. Wyatt had inadvertently changed direction on the drill for screw number 4. He gave it a bump as if to drive the screw in and as I started to remind him one more time that it’s counterclockwise to unscrew we noticed the damn thing was coming out. Now look at the screw again. The top section of the thread is opposite to the direction of the bottom part of the thread. What the hell? So we have to go clockwise for the first one inch then switch direction to back the screw out in a normal fashion. That was a first for me. How about you? Anyone out there ever seen a little gem like this before? The next question is if you screw it in “normally” but then have to reverse the direction to finish the drilling process does that not strip out the bottom portion of the thread that is deep in the project? This is confusing. And what about the patterned area separating the different threads? And to top it all off, it was pointed out to me that todays kids don’t do Clockwise and counter clockwise. Their watches are digital. They see the numbers. What is this world coming to? Crap!