Wassup Wit Dat!

Man vs Machine

April 27th, 2015

Being da average DIY kinda guy, I have an arsenal of hand tools to which to work with but I also have a bunch of power tools to make it 'easier'.

Aftah spending half da day sanding a bunch of 2x4's with an orbital sander for a bench project, it wasn't quite da smoothness I was looking for so on a whim I grabbed my hand sander and voila! Not only was it da right texture but it also sanded much 'easier' and fastah.

Wassup Wit Dat! I told myself as I was shaking my head.

How can a machine dat'll spin ovah 13,000 rpm's be out performed by a manual hand sander? But you know wat? In thinking dat, I was reminded why I have so many WWD! moments - it's just da rule of WWD!. Wen I stay doing da job manually, I wish for a machine and wen I stay using da machine, da results of a manual is bettah. No can win.

Then I was thinking at how many machines are being used or sought aftah wen just doing it manually would suffice or even out perform wat was supposd to be fastah and easier with one machine?

There are manual and electric staplers, date stamps and even vacuums! There are whisks vs mixers, hammer vs nail gun, gas/electric vs push mowers - for every hand tool, there's an electric counterpart even da basic screwdrivers. Obviously there are many more times wen da machine will outperform da manual method but call me nostalgic - or 'old' school - but there's something about getting your hands dirty and some dirt undah your fingahnails. 😀

How many of you prefer to get your hands dirty rather than look for da nearest available electrical socket? Do you succumb to da infomercials touting why you haven't done it da 'fastah and easier' way? How many of you have an electric toothbrush? Ok, how many of you have an electric toothbrush.... but still brush like it's a manual? 😆 No lie now.

Sadly, one thing I cannot do without is a 10-key calculator...... I no have enough fingahs and toes.








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8 Responses to “Man vs Machine”

  1. Makiki:

    Always go for the tool that fits the job but will always lean towards power vs manual. And yes I do brush manually with my electric toothbrush now that you ask!


  2. Ynaku:

    I manually brush with my battery operated toothbrush when the battery dies 😆

    Like Makiki I use the tool that fits the job. If gotta be manual labor than so be it. But I'd rather used power tools when can cause da wife stay breathing down my neck to hurry up and move on to the next project.


  3. M:

    Howzit BL,
    Agree with Makiki and Ynaku, you just have to use the tool that fits the job. I have an electric tooth brush and I do brush manually while it's on... 🙂


  4. rayboyjr:

    😎 Good Morning Everyone!!! 😎

    ... hey Braddah Lance ... I suppose power is usually going to outperform manual for most large, heavy or tedious tasks ... the "human machine" has much smaller limits of output ...

    ... but if you need finesse and artistry ... you can't beat the human's touch ...

    ... I prefer to hand wash and wax my car ...


  5. hemajang:

    Use old fashion toothbrush although my dentist recommends a battery toothbrush because he thinks I brush too hard, got these abrasion lines on my teeth. Also use manual lawn mower, had gas but got manual after died, wanted the exercise and didn't like the noise and fumes from the gas. I have a gas and electric string trimmer but I usually use a hand grass shear and I don't have a noisy leaf blower, I use one rake. My upwind rental neighbor has a yard man that comes in every 2 weeks and I move my cars and close my windows because of the dust and debris that fly ovah to my house. Hate that.

    Also have basic power tools for DIY projects. My cordless drill wen die, actually the nicad battery so yesterday ordered via Amazon a 12v lithium Porter-Cable. It took 3 weeks of Amazon customer service calls to get it done. I didn't need one right away and was persistent in getting this particular drill. The site said delivery to 50 states and Hawaii is a state right? And when I tried to order a message came on that drill could not be delivered to Hawaii. Called customer service and Brett was pretty patient and wanted to resolve this issue as well. After a few calls back and forth in a span of 3 weeks he explained that they miscalculated the weight of the battery. Apparently it was first calculated that it was too much battery for air shipping. Hey, as I was typing this Brett from Amazon called to follow up on the shipping issue, I thanked him and he thanked me for being patient, all was good. Now I have another issue with a LED light I ordered through Amazon but I dealing with the vendor and I think they will refund me without having to ship it back but I will try to have them send me another one instead...wish me luck. I'm retired get plenty time to make trouble.


  6. BananaFysh:

    Next time use belt sander on those 2x4's. 😉

    I like using power tools, even if I get desk job. I like my toys. 😀


  7. moonfyre:

    it all depends. When cooking, I pull out my knife first, to cut up veggies & fruit. I only use the food processor if I'm making a huge amount, like say, several onions, a head of garlic, a bunch of carrots, etc. However, my arms aren't as strong as they used to be so I prefer to use a stand mixer when beating egg whites or mixing cake batter or cookie dough. I use a regular broom or a swiffer on my hard wood floors, and a vacuum on the carpet upstairs. If we're doing a project in the house or yard, I would rather get it done faster so I'd reach for a power tool (power drill, nail gun, power screwdriver, chainsaw, table saw, hedge trimmer, weed whacker, etc) I have neither the skill or the strength to do stuff like that the old manual way. I'm middle aged and in so-so shape so I'll take all the help I can get.


  8. 9th Island Girl:

    A former coworker had a cool gadget that could take the measurement of a room. I asked his replacement if he had something similar, and he said he did: a tape measure! Whatever works!


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