Tommy Wrong Tool

I am a problem solver.  It is in my blood.  Don’t tell me it can’t be done cause I will come up with a way to do it.  This makes my career choice work perfectly with my personality.  There is a saying in the business.  There are two things you never want to see made…one is sausage the other television.  It looks and tastes great when the product is completed but you do not want to be there during the production process.  (I digress.)  What does this have to do with Tommy Wrong Tool?

I remember one time when trying to find the tool to open upsome deck or camera that was malfunctioning or needed cleaning, I discovered I did not have the proper screwdriver.  My impatience made me want to try anyway with what was on-hand when one of my colleague tsk, tsk’d me and said, “Now don’t be a Tommy Wrong Tool.”

“What is a Tommy Wrong Tool?” I asked.  He then informed me it came from an old safety/training movie he had been shown as a young student in wood working class about always using the proper tool for the job or risk breaking the tool, mangling your project and possibly putting yourself in danger.

I have remembered that conversation for years and oft’ drag that term up from time to time for others as it is good advise for all.  And it always made me giggle.


About laurascheaptricks

Laura is a mom entrepreneur who owns a successful television production company in the greater Washington DC area. As the daughter of a couple of WW2/victory garden parents she is a free - associative thinker and often explores new and more efficient ways to accomplish tasks and save money. "I come by naturally."
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