Thursday, June 13, 2002

All home renovators secretly want to use a reciprocating saw on a wall. I'm lucky enough to know someone who owns one of these little babies and is going to help me finish the a job I started on an exterior wall. Garden doors are going in and a picture window is coming out.

Reciprocating saws are a thing of awesome power, slicing through metal, plaster, wood and carelessly-placed flesh with equal grace. I used one to take out a built-in bookcase last year and can't remember when I had more fun doing home demolition. Hmmmm ... actually, yes, I DO remember having more fun. It was using a 15 pound sledgehammer on the basement floor of a previous house to relocate some bathroom plumbing prior to renovations.

What is it that's so appealing about these actions? Power? Irreversible change? Noise?

I'm not sure.

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