Gearfix saved my life

The roof with the plice.
I didn’t have time to take a “Before” photo. The board is holding down the splice.

If you are the type of person that runs out of the house into a blazing storm to fix something before it becomes a bigger mess you will certainly recognize this situation.

Stormy weather
My family just moved to a house on the countryside. The house is in need of some minor fixing and I covered a small part of the roof with plastic for the winter. Today the wind started to rip up a splice in the plastic and I had to act fast for it not to completely blow off and become a huge mess.

Scramble scramble!
Running around gathering stuff quickly made me grab a handfull of screws, a long enough board, a hand saw and, naturally, my Gearfixed screwdriver. Always keeping an eye on the flapping plastic cover, bit by bit ripping into a bigger opening.

Holding on to things
The ladder blew down every time I let it go but it went fairly quick to measure up and cut the board that would hold things down. The problem was pulling and holding down the plastic sheet getting rid of the wind filled bubble it had become.

Different screw heads.
Didn’t see that coming.

Almost there
I got the first screw in and it was looking really good. Although I had to climb down and move the ladder a few times to fasten the board. Then it happens. The handfull of screws I rushed to grab were out and the last screw in my pocket had a different head.

Double trouble?
If I would have run off and left the uncompleted reparation the whole thing might have blown off and there was no Way I could fix it until after the incoming snowstorm. But on my Gearfix drill bit holder was the solution – a PH2 drill bit. I quickly got the much needed screw in place and calmly walked to the shed and got additional screws to finish the job.

Lessons learnt
Ok, Captain Hindsight probably has lots of wise comments about this SNAFU but the fact is that:

  • I saved precious time when the storm was picking up.
  • I didn’t have to run up and down the slippery ladder more than necessary.
  • I finished the job before it became a huge mess.
  • My Geafix drill bit holder will come in handy when I need to remove that board.

If you are- or know some one that will run out to fix stuff on the house during a storm I suggest you buy them a Gearfix drill bit holder here. I should know, I invented it 😉

Martin

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