01 Sep 2016

Doing The Dirty Work – For Real

I don’t know why, but I’ve always wanted to work in a garage. I guess it’s the satisfaction of getting my hands dirty doing something far away from all that is digital and artificial which usually surrounds my desk. To be able to build or fix something up for real compared to making stuff that could be erased forever form the face of the earth by a simple hard drive crash can’t even begin to compare. Sadly, I’ve been so caught up with the ever progressing digital revolution the last few years that the satisfaction of building stuff for real have gotten lost on the way.

Since I don’t have a garage nearby to try out my skills as a mechanic just yet, my first project as a newfound “handyman” started this weekend when I tarred down and cleared out a room in the basement for my grand plan of building a sauna. A sane person would probably have taken on a smaller project, just to get the feel of things, and to get some sort of indication of the level of craftsman skills possessed before taking on a massive project like this. At least I’ve learned that, being rational, is not really my cup of tea.

The first part of the job is now finished, which is the job of clearing everything out and cleaning the walls down to the bare concrete, which to be honest could have been done by anyone with a pair of gloves and a modest eyesight. I guess I have to wait until next weekend to find out if I’ll ever be close to pulling this off or not.

Making the “Doing the Dirty Work” issue we had a mechanic do a full day’s work in his garage using a crisp white T-shirt. The end result used is what he’d normally throw in the wash or more likely in the trash. It’s a celebration to leaving the screen for a minute, if it’s only to change the tires on the car or digging a hole and filling it back up again. If you’re not quite there yet, let the “Täfteå Bil & Mek” garage shirt be the perfect bridge to help you fake it until you make it.