Written by Teresa Bianchi, Flower City Habitat’s Development Manager
Saturday was a good day. Not only because I spent the morning with 12 fantastic women from our Women Build program at Webster, NY Lowe’s learning about power tools and some basic electrical skills – but because I had three amazing aha! moments.
For the first, you have to know that I am the landscaper/gardener/yard maintenance person for my house. Which is great, except that when trimming the bushes or weed-eating using my power tools, I spend more time going back to plug in the power cord (that I’ve managed to pull out) than I do actually doing yard work.
So I would like to thank Del, our master teacher at the Lowe’s clinic, for this tip of tying your power cords in a knot. My first aha (and possibly most beneficial) of the morning.
The next was both an aha and a funny moment. Apparently, on the back of table saws there is a pipe which for professional/home woodworking shops is where you would normally hook-up a dust collector. This collector sucks the sawdust away from you, your iPhone, and what you’re working on. Notice I said professional/home woodworking shops, which is not where we were on Saturday.
At the clinic, in the midst of casual passers-by and Saturday shoppers, we managed to spray sawdust like it was New Year’s Eve in Times Square. It was a pretty funny demonstration of why dust collectors are important, but also fun to cover poor shoppers/our own women/my iPhone in layers of sawdust.
Aha moment two, our Construction Manager, Bill, doesn’t show up everywhere covered in sawdust because he thinks it’s fashionable, he does it because it get’s everywhere and is totally unavoidable when you don’t have a dust collector on your table saw.
Aha moment three came courtesy of Lea from The Bonadio Group, who managed to squeeze in our clinic and get covered in sawdust on the same day as she was graduating with her Master’s Degree. As she headed out of Lowe’s and home to clean up for graduation, I thought – it is possible to be one of those women who does everything. Lea is that woman. Aha moment three, you can do everything so long as you’re willing to roll with what the day brings. Congratulation Lea on your big day!!!
It really was a great day, filled with much more learning than just my three ahas. It seemed everyone learned at least one thing, and there was a request to hold another clinic. If you’re interested, leave a comment below and we’ll send around the list to see what else our ladies would like to learn!