August 24, 2005

The right tools make all the difference

A screw is best used with a screw-driver. The screw-driver is as critical to screwing as the screw.

If all one has is a hammer, and all one studies is nailing and hammering, it will be difficult to grasp, let alone come up with, the concept of screwing. Screws handled with a hammer bear the mark of laziness and short-term reward.

But, once mastered, screwing should not be allowed to eclipse nailing: while some tasks require screwing, others clearly call for nailing. Only by understanding not only each independently, but also how they relate to each other, can one decide when to use them optimally.

Then it is time to start learning about riveting...

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