Early on when I first started framing in Houston, I showed up to work and the boss called me over to his truck. He pointed up to where we were installing the roof and he said, what’s that?
He had this rule that if you left a tool on site, you owned it and you had to go buy a new one and give it to him as a replacement.
He told me that on Friday, when I got paid, I was to go to this certain store and buy an 18 pound maul sledgehammer as a replacement for the one that was now mine, up on the walls of the second floor.
Every time I had to move that hammer or look at that hammer, it was the perfect tool to teach me to respect other peoples tools.
I think I got my first old blackened framing square that way too.
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