January 2013

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When and how did you get into using tools/doing projects?
My father, Troy, owns rental properties that are always being maintained, plus 3 years of woodworking at Dakota High School.
What do you do when you're not tinkering in the garage and working on other projects?
Sports, riding ATVs, attending car shows, walking my two dogs with my girlfriend and cheering on the UNC Tarheels!
What's the project you're most proud of?
A wooden toy farm truck made out of Fiddleback Maple, Purple Heart, and Birdseye Maple. I have also gutted and remodeled my whole apartment and two others. My current project is working on my garage, including a new roof, electrical, doors, windows, and garage organization.
Any stories of DIY disaster?
My father and I installed a toilet in my new apartment, and we hooked it up to the existing 100+ year-old cast-iron sewer pipe. That was the straw that broke the camel's back. Unbeknownst to us, the pipe cracked, and 3 different times the tub and toilet overran down into the lower apartment because we couldn't diagnose the leak. Sewage is not fun…
Why do you use Craftsman tools?
Craftsman tools are the highest quality tools you can get and you can't beat the price or the warranty. They are top of the line, and if Craftsman doesn't make it, I wait until it becomes available. Their innovative tools are one of a kind!
How did you get your DIY skills?
I have been helping my dad since the early age of 4, when he allowed me to put hammer holes into plaster walls. The knowledge and skills he has taught me have never stopped since. My woodworking skills I owe to my high-school shop teacher, Mr. Visel.
Anything you have to say to other craftsmen out there?
Something I have always remembered from shop class—even if you have used the same tool over and over, don't become complacent. Power tools are much faster than the human reaction. PPE is a must, as your fingers and eyes are not replaceable; blade guards and safety glasses are.