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50 Simple Tools Used to Rebuild Haiti — 1 Comment

  1. I will add a caveat: Make sure it’s a tool *you* can use before buying it. A professional-grade, excellent quality tool is utterly useless *to you* if you can’t lift, maneuver, or otherwise handle the thing. Tools are often designed by and for large beefy men, and a woman with shorter arms, smaller hands, and less muscle strength may have trouble with some tools, not because she doesn’t have the skill, but because they just don’t fit her. (But don’t buy pink tools! Just… don’t. )

    Example: My ex had a Dewalt 18v cordless drill. Substantial, sturdy (you can drop it off a 3-story catwalk onto concrete, put the battery back in, and keep going- most other drills would break), good battery life… but it weighed close to six pounds. I couldn’t hold it steady one-handed. It was not a good drill *for me* because it wasn’t a drill I could use.

    When he left, I got a Porter-Cable 12v LiOn drill, which did not have the brute force or as much durability against abuse (or as much $$$$), but it was still pretty potent, and was about 2 pounds. I can use that drill quite well. It’s not a deck-building tool, but then, neither is the Dewalt. That’s what an air compressor and an impact driver are for…

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