Norman - I think Mr. Murphy lives near me because he likes to drop in quite often.
Stu - Yes I have a little MIG welder that I end up using a lot around the house. It really expands your horizons when tooling around with cars/trucks/tractors and garden equipment as well as shop equipment. When I was in Tokyo I took a train out to Tamasakai just to see a store called Cainz Home. Do you ever go there for supplies or equipment? I spent a couple of hours just walking around the two stores absorbing the Japanese perspective of do-it-yourself. Taking the subway back I had a couple of saws and bamboo rakes sticking out the top of my backpack and probably another 30 pounds of hand tools, garden tools and the cool japanese style hatchets as well. I also bought three bottles of sake there while I was at it! Quite a store.
Whittier, CA, USA
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