Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Hump Day

I slogged up over the hump today, Leatherman in hand. The construction project at hand today at work required quite a bit of fiddling, as did the ol' homestead when I finally arrived there.

- Fixed the shield on the shop's angle grinder... again.
- Bent and twisted all manner of fasteners into submission.
- Started to take the crib apart.
- Stopped to replace an arcing outlet.
- Filed off a snaggy fingernail.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

All Kinds Of Stuff

So much for daily postings about what I've used my Leatherman for. I've been slowly dismantling four stories of an old hospital and using my Leatherman for most of it. It's finally Springtime and I've been busy around the house with it as well. Here's the stuff I remember doing with it today:

- Cut open a package of raisins for the Short People
- Fixed a necklace for my daughter
- Re-wired some amps at a club I mixed at tonight

I've also been geeking it up looking at Leatherman mods and some other multi-tools that I hadn't thought of before. Apparently some enterprising individuals are chopping up Leatherman Micras and splicing in their keys. Looks like you can fit half a dozen or more in there depending on how many of the blades you decide to keep. The other thing that caught my eye was the Ka-Bar hobo knife. It's basically a really slick version of the old Boy Scout standby, the pocket knife with the fork and spoon. Call me geeky but I don't think I'll be able to go much longer without having one of those in my kit.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Switchin' It Up

I'm in a bit of a conundrum this week. Two days ago my Nite Ize Side Office holster bit it. The clip broke. That left me looking for a way to carry around my Leatherman, MagLite, Phone, iPod, lockblade, Sharpie, and bit set. Yeah, I know. It's a lot to carry around. People only make fun of me until I reach in there and pull out something that saves the day.

So for now I'm making do with an old cell phone holder and my pockets. I just leave behind whatever doesn't fit and miss it several hundred times throughout the day. I ordered a different holster from Nite Ize and hopefully this one will hold things a little better and also not fall off my hip just when I need it.

Sunday, April 5, 2009

In Da Club

Last night I mixed a battle of the bands at a local club. Ten bands in five hours. I saw everything from garage bands just getting started to semi-pros heading out on tour shortly. One thing is for certain though, with fifty three band members in the room, they were going to need a lot of help from my Leatherman.

- Cut cable ties
- Removed price tags
- Tightened screws
- Pried out stuck connectors
- Fixed a kick drum pedal, mid-set

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

One Good Turn

Over the last few days my Leatherman has been busy as a beaver. Weather at a gig or at work there's been plenty to do:

- Disassembled and reassembled a road case at a gig
- Filed my nasty fingernails before picking up my newborn son
- Helped the data geeks fish wires at the hospital
- Repaired ailing office equipment
- Opened numerous packages

Friday, March 27, 2009


Today I got all crafty with my Leatherman and the bit set and opened a bunch of crash bars to make loading in to the gig easier. I promise... I only used my powers for good.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Tough Going

Today I used my Leatherman to fight off a hoard of zombies, hacked my way into a burning building to save the lives of some orphans, and fashioned a sling to rescue a kitten stuck in a tree.

Not really... I'm sitting home with my sick family feeling wretched. Just needed to lighten things up a bit.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

How'd You Do That?

Yesterday I was mixing an event at a school in the city. The night maintenance guy had let us in and opened a crash bar on an exit so we could load our gear in without letting all the heat out and getting locked out ourselves. When we finished up he opened it up again but was nowhere to be seen when we were ready to leave.

I whipped out the Leatherman and started digging through the bit set for the right sized hex key. After a moment I had found it and was releasing the crash bar so the school would be secure again. Just at that moment the guy came up behind us.

"Hey! You can't have all those tools with you?!"

He wasn't sure to be pissed off or thank me.

"Sure I can. Relax, I'm a maintenance guy at a hospital. I tweak crash bars all day every day."

"Oh... thanks?"

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Screw Driving Mania

It was all about slapping stuff on the walls today. The Phillips bit on my Leatherman got a real workout. I also picked up the Bit Set and am looking forward to having a 1/8" hex key on hand at all times. Those pesky door closers are always in need of attention.

- Hung a sharps container
- Hung two paper towel dispensers
- Hung a wall mount stereo
- Hung a hand sanitizer dispenser
- Moved a wiremold box
- Replaced a dozen outlet covers
- Assembled a utility sink

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Fix It

Had to grab my Leatherman to fix many and varied objects today:

- Circular saw at work
- Flat screen TV mount, also at work
- Covers on roof drains, you guessed it... at work
- Put a new end on the cans (headphones) that ride with my iPod

Monday, March 9, 2009

Whistle While You Work

My Leatherman leaped to my hand today so often I can scarcely remember all the things I used it for.

- Installed paper towel dispensers
- Installed a wiremold outlet
- Modified a cabinet
- Removed some chair rail
- Hung a phone on the wall
- Pulled some staples
- Forgot the rest

Monday, March 2, 2009

This and That

Been a while since I logged any Leatherman activity but I remember it all today.

- Installed a card reader for a secure room at the hospital
- Opened a can of Spaghetti-Os at lunch
- Trimmed my thumbnail during a meeting in the shop
- Adjusted the gain on a wireless mic
- Removed a pin that my wife sewed into a baby blanket

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Checkin' Em Off

- Installed 'Bed Dock' in new patient room
- Installed outlet covers in patient room
- Installed bunk beds in kids' room
- Assembled speaker cable on seat of truck

Monday, February 23, 2009

Clamp... Suture... Leatherman

I didn't accomplish much at work today, but the stuff I did accomplish was pretty vital. That's good because anywhere else taking an hour and a half to change an outlet would get me fired, but in the operating room, procedure is a must.

- Changed an outlet in the biopsy room
- Installed a new exam light in a delivery room
- Removed a pin that had somehow gotten sewn into my daughter's blanket

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Air Everywhere

I think I had my Leatherman out more than I had it in the holster today. The department of health is showing up in two days to inspect and the rooms have to be finished, no questions.

- Hung wall sconces
- Re-hung wall sconces
- Tweaked cabinets
- Mounted oxygen and vacuum outlets
- Attached line pressure monitoring devices
- Built manifold to test O² and vac lines
- Re-built leaky O² outlets
- Worked over the innards of med-gas alarm panel

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finishing Touches

Today my Leatherman helped me put some finishing touches on the remodeling project at the hospital where I work.

- Hung suspended ceiling
- Installed control wiring

Monday, February 16, 2009

Toolbelt? What toolbelt?

Today I used my Leatherman to cut a man... just to watch him bleed. Not really, I was feeling a little Johnny Cash just then. In the real world I didn't feel like grabbing my tool belt to patch some drywall at work.

- Cut one-by for a brace
- Cut drywall
- Screwed it into place
- Put cover plates on some outlets
- Cut open a package
- Cut the tip off a tube of caulk
- Stripped wires and attached a thermostat
- Who needs a tool belt?

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Expect The Unexpected

I did not expect when I got up the other morning to have to pull out my Leatherman to repair a bass guitar while mixing a theatre production. The thing broke down right at show time. I made the kid take it apart, then sit at the mix while I soldered it. He was back in the orchestra by Act I, Scene 3.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009


My Leatherman only came out to play once today.

- Sharpened a chisel.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Work & Show

Today at work I pulled out the old Leatherman to:

- Cut more wire for more suspended ceilings.
- Fish some of said wire through some tight spaces to pull still more wire through.

And tonight at the show I got it out to:

- Adjust the innards of a Clear-Com box

Sunday, February 8, 2009


All I did with my Leatherman today was:

- Cut the plastic off a three pack of Puffs for my poor, sick family.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009


Found myself reaching for the Leatherman for a few oddball things today.

- Cut apart two pieces of one-by pine that were inexplicably shrink wrapped together.
- Released a zip tie that an actor had inextricably wrapped around a piece of his costume.
- Pulled out the file and handed it to an actress who walked away with it.
- Found it twenty minutes later in the hands of the bass player.

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Mics and Doors

Today I was slogging away at a remodeling project at work and slipped from there directly to a community theater production of The Producers. Here's my Leatherman in the starring role:

- Sliced open bags of ice melter for the sidewalks
- Hacked open boxes of door hardware
- Adjusted the hinges on a door at work
- Took apart an exit sign to change the bulb
- Cut wire to hang a suspended ceiling

and then at the show

- Took apart three wireless mics so I could massage their innards
- Adjusted the tiny gain control on several others

and now that it's after midnight and I'm finally home I'm about to

- See what I can do about fixing the kitchen light

Sunday, February 1, 2009


Today I got my Leatherman out to:

- Fix the strike plate on my shop door
- Fix a speaker cable at church
- Fix a speaker cable while loading my system in for a musical
- Open a jar of plums for dinner
- Take apart an LED flashlight to get at all the good bits inside

Saturday, January 31, 2009


I only got my Leatherman out for one activity today, but I used it a lot. While helping a friend move I:

- Disconnected a washer and dryer

OK, only one item for the list but I had that thing out at least twenty times before I had those suckers in the truck.

First Post

I don't get out of bed in the morning without strapping my trusty Leatherman to my side. I never go anywhere without it. Over the years I've done everything from the mundane to the unbelievable with it and decided to start keeping a list of those things.

Ever use yours to save the day at a wedding? Ever perform a life saving task in the clinch? Will it be over your cold, dead body that yours ever gets taken away? Leave me a comment, I'd love to hear from you.