A Trip (or Three) to the Hardware Store

Yesterday, I blocked off most of the day to work on the Psukei piece, but I knew I was in trouble when I entered the hardware store for the third time at 11:00am. To create the skeleton for the piece, I had this brilliant plan to take the screw off large hose clamps and attach them to a wire spiral with jump rings. So I pulled out the tools and started to pull, pry, and hack at the metal piece that holds the screw on the clamp … and nothing was working.

No problem, I thought, I’ll just cut the end with the screw off and punch a hole in it. It would still be adjustable to the exact diameter I needed and the jump rings would go through the hole. So it was off to the hardware store. I picked up a cutter and an awl that the very nice gentleman at World Houseware and Hardware on 99th and Bwy told me would work and I happily went home to play with my new tools.

About 5 minutes later, I realized that there was no way I would be able to cut through the hose clamps with the cutter I had purchased and went back to the hardware store for plan B. The same guy took my cutters and clamp to show me how it’s done … and couldn’t do it. So he pulled out the serious cutters and chopped off the screw (not without some difficulty). He asked how many I had and I told him several, but I had just brought the one with me. He said he’d be there for another half hour and if I brought all of them, he would take care of it. So it was back home and then back to the store for the third attempt and it took him some time, but he was able to cut through all my clamps. Yay!  He wouldn’t take any money for the service, either.  These guys are truly gentlemen.

So then it was back home to put the holes in … and the awl doesn’t have a chance of punching through. (sigh) I hate Murphy and his stupid rules. But I’m not giving up hope. I’m just moving to the solution for all life’s problems – duct tape.

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