My husband Tim has more tools than an entire construction crew. But oddly enough, whenever a new home improvement or repair project comes up, he SWEARS he needs to head straight to Home Depot because he most certainly does NOT have the right tools, gadgets, and high-tech thingamabobs that he needs to get THAT particular job done.
Once he returns with his gargantuan haul, he will sprawl EVERYTHING he just bought all over the area he’s working in, then bring up at least half the tools from the basement to spread all over the rest of the house—even ones he couldn’t possibly use for the job he’s doing.
For example, Tim recently hung some wooden blinds in the kitchen. I went out to see how it was going; I saw approximately several thousand different screw drivers, screw bits, wrenches, hammers, nails, unidentifiable items, and newly bought doodads that promise to make your job simpler than you can imagine but never get used, littering the ENTIRE kitchen. (And btw, about those doodads; I’m convinced NO ONE ever actually uses those—they are bought solely because people desperately want to buy into the idea that the job will go smoothly. It buys them hope. They know it, you know it, I know it. ) There was also what looked to be a few hundred more tools spilled into the foyer, AND the back hall. There were enough supplies to stock a small hardware store.
So, WAS it going smoothly? Ummm…I probably shouldn’t say; however, in the end, he DID manage to get them up, and he did a beautiful job; they look great. But if it had been ME hanging the blinds, all I would’ve needed was a butter knife, three screws and a bent nail, possibly a twisty, and the remote control for the TV--in place of a hammer, of course. I guess that’s just one of our many differences. ;)