Eric Jacobi

November 2011

Eric Jacobi
When and how did you get into using tools/doing projects?
I started using tools in model railroading. Mostly precision tools like tiny screwdrivers and pliers. I would build new model railroad cars and restore old ones that I bought used.
What do you do when you're not tinkering in the garage and working on other projects?
I am very much a railroad enthusiast. You can find me track-side taking photographs of trains. There is just something to be said about the growling of diesel locomotives as they pull tons of freight to their destination.
What's the project you're most proud of?
Construction of my shop to what it is today. I took concepts from my Dad, fiance, and myself and combined them together to make a workshop that fits my workflow and my style. I feel content and happy with the layout and organization.
Any stories of DIY disaster?
After installing a chandelier in my kitchen, I also replaced an old switch with a newer rocker switch. What missed my eye was frayed hot wiring in the back of the box. When I turned the breaker on, sparks flew everywhere as the hot wire was rubbing against the metal box. By the time I got back to the breaker and turned it off, I came back upstairs to a partially melted switch and warped switch plate. A few seconds longer and the whole house could have caught fire! Needless to say I check all of my wiring now before I turn anything on.
Why do you use Craftsman tools?
I fell in love with Craftsman when my Dad passed on a 1940's era Craftsman wood vise to me. I was amazed at how for being so old, it was in such good condition. As I became more acquainted with the brand, I came to learn about all the benefits that come with Craftsman, like the lifetime warranty on hand tools, the ability to get parts at Sears Parts & Repair, and going to the Craftsman Community for help and support.
How did you get your DIY skills?
I learned handyman skills when I worked in the lumber yard at Menards. Training was essential to being able to help customers with their home improvement needs. Beyond that, I talked to customers as well and learned a thing or two from their DIY skills. I sure wish Menards had Craftsman tools back then!
Anything you have to say to other craftsmen out there?
Safety. I can't emphasize how important safety is. Never put yourself in danger by doing something you know just doesn't feel right. If you are unsure, have someone supervise you while you work - or even help you. When working in your shop, always keep safety at the front of your mind.