If you listeners have as much fun as we do, then we’re really on to something here. Even my eight-year-old had fun today; when I came home we both laughed about the show — which you can catch Saturday mornings on WBNR/WLNA 1260/1420 AM from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., by the by.
How DO carpenters end up running out of nails when they’re framing a house, anyway? I mean, what gives? Nails? What are they thinking? “Nails. Now, are THEY something I’ll need?”
But like Mike said — and he TRULY ought to know — carpenters DO simply reach into their workbelts, and when they come up short, look to the go-fer — “Hey! I’m out!”
And they just never, ever look on the ground — where there are, literally, sprinkled hundreds of nails.
Leave it to Lee, the Friendly Neighborhood Architect — the ENVIRONMENTALLY Friendly Architect — to go around picking them all up, one by one. 137 nails he gathered for a record. Still, I’m sure there are more to be had. Leave it to our guys to save you money, listeners. Every time.
My grandmother used to mutter every so often: “For the want of a nail…”
One day I asked her what that meant. She smiled. “For the want of a nail, the war was lost.” At my puzzled look, she explained. “For the want of a nail, the shoe was lost. For the want of a shoe, the horse was lost. For the want of a horse, the rider was lost. For the want of a rider, the message was lost. For the want of the message, the battle was lost. For the want of the battle, the war was lost. And all for the want of a nail.”
This week’s tool will never leave you rider-less.
After all this week’s talk of framing, trusses and joists, you may be left with your head spinning at the lingo, the jargon, the insider-speak. You’ll hear me say over and over again that while Do-It-Yourself is great, when it comes to the big stuff, you want to rely on the expert advice you get from the boys like ours at The ABCs of Home Improvement. Not only do they know their stuff, but they’re boys you can trust — which, of course, is like gold.
BUT: you need to feel like you’re standing on solid ground yourself — and how do you do that? A little education is in order. Not to mention the fact you don’t want to be stopping them every half-sentence like I do, with a “Stop, wait, what does that mean?”
These tools, this week, are basically dictionaries. Easy-to-read, easy to take at your own pace, and between them both, they cover pretty comprehensively every term you’re likely to come across during home improvement projects.
Nice. Even nicer to feel ever-so-much smarter.
I’ll link them up here, or you can always visit our web site at www.theabcsofhomeimprovement.com.
Glossaries of Construction Terms:
(Note: These sites are in the business of trying to sell you stuff on their home pages. The glossaries are free, though.)
Happy listening, everybody!
Oooh — and check us out in July’s Hudson Valley Magazine, too. We’re in there.