It’s only natural to reach for the nearest “tool,” particularly if you’re not doing a big project. The problem is when the tool at hand isn’t really designed for the task.
I was reminded of this again today as Dave grabbed my can opener to use as a hammer to tap on something he was trying to loosen. Um . . . while it’s a great can opener and rugged, I don’t think it was really designed for that. And I’d like to still be able to open cans . . . and I don’t have a second can opener in case it’s destroyed.
Why, oh why, I ask myself, can’t he use a hammer instead? Well, the reality is that it would take at least a minute to dig it out while the can opener only takes a second. And we all use what’s convenient, not necessarily what’s best.
And yes, I’m every bit as guilty. And on Que Tal, where the tools were in a case strapped to the table legs, the can opener often found itself standing in for a hammer and a table knife would become a screwdriver or pry tool. Not for big projects, mind you, just for little stuff.
Realizing that this was going to ruin tools I needed for their intended purpose, I bought small “galley tools.” Just a mini hammer and a multi-tip screw driver, with both flat and Phillips tips.
And I didn’t put them in some out of the way spot. I didn’t put them in any sort of a case. I just put them in the drawer with the can opener (that’s why I bought small tools), so they were just as easy to grab. And with that, my can opener, knives and other kitchen utensils were saved. If the little tools were too small, the other galley items would also be too small and it was time to open up the big tool set.
They’re not the exact ones I bought in Mexico, but this little 6″ hammer and multi-tip screwdriver are close. No, they’re not top of the line tools, just small ones to keep in a convenient location. Not only did they save my “real” galley utensils, I know that they actually saved us time in doing lots of small jobs by having the right tool! Definitely worth the $15 I spent . . .
I need another set for the house, obviously . . .