I like to tinker around the garage and the house, whether it’s patching some drywall in the basement or replacing the brake pads on my Jeep. I’ve lost more than a few weekends with my father-in-law, taking out a bathtub, replacing the shocks or building a garden bed from a handful of bolts and some two-by-sixes.

Throughout all of these do-it-yourself adventures, one thing remains constant: the job will always take longer than you think. Why? I don’t know, but it’s some kind of mechanical Murphy’s Law, where whatever you’re trying to fix or replace is either in worse shape than you expected, you picked up the wrong part for the job, or you need a different tool entirely. Happens every time.

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