Wednesday, November 10, 2010

I did it myself.

An 80¢ masterlink is all it took to repair the woodsplitter.

With the chain repaired, I can resume splitting firewood for the winter without throwing my shoulder out.

It reminds me of something. "I have taught myself to sew, cook, fix plumbing, build furniture - I can even pat myself on the back when necessary - all so I don't have to ask anyone for anything." I like doing things for myself. It feels good.


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FlowerLady Lorraine said...

That's great Tom. It always feels fantastic to be able to do things yourself.


Kris said...

Hey, someone else who likes that movie! But you're right, I've taught myself tons of stuff (sometimes for fun, sometimes because a contractor never shows up to do it for me!) But here, let me help you for moment. *pat* *pat* There ya go, fella! Job well done.

Betty819 said...

Hey, my husband used to split 2 cords of wood a season by hand. That long hand maul/(I think that's what it's called)we bought from Northern Tools was a gem. The wood man would cut it to a specific length that would fit into the fireplace for us but then we split it into smaller pieces. The woodman we had was a retired fireman and all his truckloads of wood were more than we ordered. He'd unload it, and my husband would help him throw it off the truck and into our back yard over the split rail fence if it was too wet for him to back the truck into the back yard. That long handle maul was the best $25 he ever spent. Spliting it by hand is good exercise but like you said, it's a good way to throw your back or shoulder out. You needed to burn the fireplace as our family room was below ground and it was cold down there, but we put a fireplace insert it it one winter when the temps dropped below 5 degrees..over $1000 but it sure paid for itself in one year. It kept the lower level nice and toasty during the winter months.

Have you decided not to sell your house now that you got the promotion or is it still on the market? Haven't read anything more about the subject on your blog.

Jimmy said...

Tom, after all the time I have followed your blog, you never cease to amaze me.

Tom - 7th Street Cottage said...

Um, Thanks anonymous. :)

FlowerLady, I picked up a table today on the roadside. I thought of you when I did it. The base will make a fantastic plant stand for when I need to bring the fern in.

Thanks Kris. You do a lot for yourself too. It's great being independent.

Betty, I have a maul too. That's what I used last fall until my dad got the bright idea to collect his woodsplitter from John Dixon and bring it to his only son. Now I use this instead. It's still a lot of work. The house is still for sale. I plan to let it go when the time is right. I've had only one real showing. It was an older couple that didn't like the stairs and steps. I can understand. But they loved the house. So that helps. I'll get an apartment or rent something if I need to be here more than a few months. Less than 3 and I'll just shack up with Carla. Let the neighbors gossip.

Jim. Thank you. That means a lot. I just do what I do.