So, stoopid question,,,
Is the simple deed of taking care of your tools not taught anymore?
With the amount of shit that appears on my bench for repair through week, I believe I already know the answer. And we aren’t talking techy stuff. I’m talking Come-a-longs, Shovels, Post holers, etc. And some of the breaks show incredible ingenuity,,,, I mean, ya really GOTTA BE TRYING to break things in that manner.
That none of these boys own their own tools is obvious. If they were the ones having to purchase the tool, they’d take better care of it. If they were the one that had to repair/reface/sharpen/etc said tools, they would (maybe) be more inclined to limit the abuse.
And I know why bossman hates to buy ‘the good stuff’: I’ve seen with my own eyes how it grows legs and ends up in a pawnshop. I bring most of my personal stuff to bear for the jobs I go on, and have only had to replace one the years I have been here. It wasn’t abuse that killed it, but age. A sawzall that I’d been using for 15 years and the brushes finally pooped out and let the magic smoke out; stinky, ‘kaput, I is done’ smoke. Boss offered to replace it, and maybe I should have taken the offer, but that saw gave me 15 years of good service and I definitely got my money’s worth out of it: I declined because I didn’t feel right about taking something undeserved.
A few we have had here would steal mama’s dentures of they thought it would bring them a buck. We usually find those types quick, but have a had a few that managed to get away with it for awhile.
But the breaking shit,,, that, I just don’t get. Take care of tools and tools take care of you. Maybe the job isn’t easier, but the effort should be reduced, and that makes everyones life easier. Bossman has had guys dig holes with a shovel after they broke postholers (a brand new set even) instead of cutting the day short. A broke tool, became backbreaking work for them. Sadly, lesson not learned; the same crew broke another set just a week later. I told boss he needed to start making them pay for it and maybe the gouge in the paycheck would help send the lesson home.
Sometimes I think the man is too nice to the wrong people.
And one of the reasons I’m prepared to go it alone. Sick of having to pick up the slack and feeling abused for loyalty.
Anywhoos, more later, maybe kitteh post, or, I dunno. Prolly nuthin about THE Fraud or any of that: I figure just let the disease run its course and let the survivors do what needs done after fact.