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Out of the Blue

One of those old sayings that constantly turns out to be true is "right tool for the right job." A positive example of this was the faucet handle I needed to fix over the weekend, as I had the needle nose pliers to remove the little cap covering the screw to affix it, and more importantly, the Allen wrench to finish the job in three minutes. The negative example was me deciding I could fell the mulberry tree that's endangering our back deck with my sawzall. This actually worked pretty well for branches and smaller sections, but the base of the trunk was just a little larger than my saw blade, which required attacking it from both sides. This took far more time and effort than it should have, though I eventually worked it out. The climax to this amateur hour was me coaxing the last bit of the trunk to break by standing on the deck rail and pushing at it as I reassuring MrsBlue that I was safe. This was just before it cracked, sending it pitching into the forsythia seven or eight feet below, with me following close behind. I somehow managed to come out unscathed, no thanks to my own poor judgement (MrsBlue's account of this is comical, describing me silently disappearing off the deck, followed by a calm "I'm okay" from below). And after all that, to finish off the job and cut down the remainder of the tree to a proper stump I'm going to need to buy or borrow some manner of chainsaw, which would have made easy work of this in the first place.

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