I sometimes envy people that live or retire with enough money to live in a hotel or condo project where all the maintenance is done for you.
Don't get me wrong, I rather enjoy doing stuff. I am lucky that my father taught me how to do almost everything assoicated with contruction or handyman work. I feel sorry for the people that have to call an electrician to change the light fixture or light switch etc..
After all , I have to justify all the tools that I have purchased in the last 50 years too!
Last week on of our ranch workers was rerouting the water line and struggling with a large plastic union. I told him to hang on and I returned with the exact proper 5 inch Jaw Channel Lock pliers that did the job in an instant. The worker and his teenage son, chided me the rest of the day for having a hardware store in my garage.
The next day they were putting on a corregated roof over the corral for the cattle. I was looking as they would first drill a hole from the top into the wood, then come down from the ladder and drill it from the bottom. Seems the drill bit was too short to penetrate in one pass. I retured with a bell hangers drill bit. For those of your who have not heard of that, it is a drill bit that is about 2 ft or 3 ft long, used to drill between floors to pull telephone wire......I just happend to have a few down here.
I had the right tools, I always have a spare valve or two , and bins of PVC fittings and copper pipe fittings.
I am always amazed that the Mexicans will make do with a crecent wrench and a screwdriver. Maybe that is why it takes them so long to finish a job......but here there is nothing but time. No fancy tools required.
One can never be unprepared for whatever may be required........
I think that last sentence is one of my problems......
I have tons of projects always needing attention. So when people ask what I do all day, I can send them my to-do list.
There is always something to do!
There is always tomorrow....