The Wine Spill
As a landlord of several single family dwellings where I do ALL maintenance
myself (I have job experience in several of the building trades), and have
even built one duplex by myself, ground up: Of all the tools I own, my Shop-Vacs
(I own two) are the most used. There is good reason for this. If you keep
your work area clean you will do a better job. It also gives you some time
to think about the next step; this is important for a non-professional, none
the less an experienced tradesman, as I am.
However, one of my stories involves not a rental house use, but
a home use. Sometimes my wife looks dubiously at tool purchases
I make. This episode made the first real impression of the usefulness
of tools on her, early in our rental endeavors.
My wife, Shelley, and I returned back home late one night after
working on a HUD house we had bought and fixed up a nice dinner.
After putting the kids to bed, we put a fire on in the fireplace
and poured a glass of wine. The next day was a holiday so we didn't
have to go to work at our day jobs.
I needed to tend the fire, so I set my glass of Merlot on the
hearth; while I was moving a log, I bumped my glass and spilled
the wine on our new carpet! Well, my wife was immediately upset
and with good reason! How clumsy of me! What to do?!
Two beats, and I was in command! Quick, wife! Run and get some
Meanwhile, I made good time for the garage and readied my trusty
Shop-Vac. Quickly popping the top and upending the contents on
the garage floor, I removed the filter, had the vac back together
and in-place ere my wife was ready with the water.
"Pour it on the stain", I said.
"What, are you crazy?" replies Shelley, "It'll
only spread the stain"!
"The stain is there", I say, "just do it now,
there is no time to waste".
Shelley complied, and I immediately applied the business end
of the Vac.
"Oh! My hero!" (Words that ring well in a loving husband's
ear) says Shelly, "The stain is almost gone!"
"Quick", I say, "Run and fetch some more, I've
sucked up most of it, but the edges still need attention".
Now Shelley is animated, and brings me warm water for the operation
a few more times. When we are done, the carpet is dry, and completely
free of any sign of my clumsiness.
Best of all, she relates this story to our relatives from time
to time. I've come to realize that it is because she's impressed
with the Shop-Vac and it's many uses - not that I was a silly male
to spill my wine on new carpet!
As a sidelight, My wife has been so impressed with the Shop-Vac
that she bought all the attachments and uses it to clean house!
It does a much better job than ordinary vacuum cleaners. She wears
ear protection and counts that small price to pay for a better
and faster job well done.
And there are other stories I could tell. Like the time I needed
to send a messenger down a piece of conduit and didn't have a fish
tape handy. Or the time I bought a burned down house and had to
clean out the sewer pipes before rebuilding the house.
My Shop-Vacs have been put to tests I thought they might not
survive, and I still have both for ten years now, and they are
still going strong.
What electrical tool do you own that you've put to constant use
that you can say the same about?
Kemah State, TX