October 2012

Community Name
Kevin Pace
When and how did you get into using tools/doing projects?
Seven years ago, I took a part time job in the home improvement department at the local Sears to help pay my way through college. I immediately started learning all I could about all the tools and amassing my collection then and there. Seven years later, I was able to do all the renovations to our new house by myself and build three original pieces of furniture that look great.
What do you do when you're not tinkering in the garage and working on other projects?
This actually surprises a lot of people when they hear it. I did much of my undergraduate work as a music composition major. In my spare time, I like writing choral settings of great American poems. I've been fortunate enough to have published two of my pieces to date.
What's the project you're most proud of?
As a whole, my entire house. I've done everything from the floor, to drywall, to carpentry work and electrical and nothing has fallen down or caught on fire yet!
Any stories of DIY disaster?
More like disaster averted. One of the first projects I tackled when we moved into the new house was to remove two old, rusty, wall-unit air conditioners. I got a little ambitious with the sledge hammer and completely knocked an adjacent window frame out! I thought I had done some real damage, but luckily everything hit the ground intact as was easily reinstalled where it came from.
Why do you use Craftsman tools?
I use Craftsman tools because they are an excellent value and quality for a homeowner like me. I know I can trust my tools to keep up with all the crazy projects I have going on at any given time, and they allow me to do a good job I can take pride in. Craftsman tools helped me rebuild the house my family lives in, ; what more could you ask for?
How did you get your DIY skills?
YouTube. Lots and lots of YouTube and trial and error. I can repeat almost anything I can watch visually, and there are some excellent carpenters and handymen out there who have taken time out to make some great videos for people who want to learn how to DIY around the house.
Anything you have to say to other craftsmen out there?
Success at the end of a project is directly measured by your super glue to duct tape ratio. Remember this and you'll never go wrong.