posted on Feb, 13 2020 @ 07:24 AM
For the longest time I would have answered this question very affirmatively with...'A knife!'.
Now I'm not so sure. A knife is definitely up there (actually a multi-tool with a knife), but I don't think it's #1. And honestly, I don't know
how I lived as many years as I have with the real #1 of handy items to always have...a headlamp!
Just this morning, I went out as I usually do about 4am and was greeted by a new foot of snow, on top of the roughly 2 feet we already have. I needed
to get water to the animals, and this was going to be 'fun' (sarcasm). About halfway through my task I realized our stock tank heaters must not be
working. I checked the circuit and the GFI was tripped. I went to reset it, and it immediately tripped again. Crap! Now I was going to have to
chase a maze of electrical cords, under about 2.5 feet of snow...in the dark. It was a balmy 3 degrees F outside.
I didn't need a knife, but I would have been up a creek without my headlamp! And as I worked through the issue it occurred to me, that headlamp had
bailed me out of more issues than I could even count. I have excellent night vision, but you can only see so much, and sometimes you just need to
shed light on what you're doing. This is a given. But for years and years I always relied on a flashlight of one sort or another. About 10 years
ago I started using headlamps, and they made things so much easier, not to mention they free up both of your hands. I guess I always took it for
granted. And then the proverbial "light bulb" came on...if I had to choose just one tool, well, it would be a hard choice between a knife and a
Moral of the story: If you don't own a headlamp, buy one! You'll cuss yourself for not getting one decades ago! They're not expensive, but man,
are they handy!
What is your single handiest tool?