The other day, I planned to replace the front disc brake pads on one of our cars. The procedure is a relatively painless one. With the right tools, it can be performed in less than an hour. The key is having the tools on hand when you need them.
I started by chocking the wheels so they wouldn’t roll while I worked on the car, then I jacked up the car & removed the tires. Everything was going according to plan until I discovered that some of my tools had been borrowed. When I asked about the missing tools. The answer was oh, yeah, so and so borrowed them the other day. Didn’t I tell you about that?
Fortunately, I still had some tools to use. They weren’t my first choice, but they were functional enough to help me complete the job.
Some lessons learned:
- The tools on hand affect how quickly you can do the job (some tools work better than others)
- Never assume the tools will be where you last put them (if others have access to your tools)
- Make sure you have all the tools you need before you begin your job
- Alternate tools can still help get the job done
Till next time, I’m getting my tools ready for the next job 😉