Paradise ponders, magical XPK01Z edition... Our weather forecast for last night had a 0% chance of precipitation. Guess what it's doing right now? Snowing! So far there isn't enough accumulated to compel me to plow and shovel again, but I've no idea when this might end. Or if it might end! I may well be on snow removal duty again today!
Over the past few weeks, the door from our kitchen to our new deck has been getting increasingly tight. The problem's cause is easy enough to determine: the door has been wet from snow melt, and at the moment is frozen solid, so the wood has swelled a bit. From inspection I could see that the top of the door needed to have something like 1/64th or 1/32nd of an inch removed. I first tried sanding, but after a half hour it didn't feel like I was making any useful progress. The right tool for that job is a plane, and though I have a fairly well-equipped woodworking shop, a plane is not something I ever invested in. Why? Mainly because I have a planer, a big piece of equipment that makes short work of flattening boards. But you can't put an entire door through a planer. This job calls for a hand-held plane.
This morning I read the manual (something I usually do for a tool I'm unfamiliar with). It's easy to use this thing; the only slightly tricky bit was how the safety power switch interlock worked. I opened the tight door, took the plane outside, and less than 60 seconds later the door was fixed. Total calories expended: about 0.1. I may build a shrine to this tool! :)
I also installed my replacement Nest thermostat, the one they reluctantly sent me after I proved the battery in my old one was dead, and I got snippy with them about their initial offer of a 20% discount on a new thermostat. The replacement went in with no trouble at all, and is working just fine. Now I have to send the old, dead one back, but that's no problem at all...