July 23, 1989 |
Back when I was a kid, my father had a standing rule that I was not allowed to work in his home shop when he wasn't around to supervise. For some reason, he didn't trust me to obey this rule, so he installed a 1-inch dead bolt on the shop door and kept it locked whenever he left the house. He made one mistake, however. When he partitioned off the shop from the rest of the basement, he cut a slot about 8 inches high and 5 feet wide through the wall.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 11, 1994 |
For firefighters, the collapse of the Northridge Meadows Apartments tested not just mettle but hardware as well. It was the latter that was found lacking, said Capt. Craig Morrison of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Urban Search and Rescue Team. In the confined space, the heavy gas-powered tools used to break through the floor to reach victims spewed fumes, and were deafeningly noisy. Rescuers had to wrestle with unwieldy saws to free human bodies from the rubble.
March 3, 2000 |
Kevin McCarthy makes a suitably world-weary King Arthur in California Repertory Company's "Knights of the Round Table" at the Edison Theatre, but director Eberhard Kohler sets a torturously plodding pace. Playwright Christoph Hein's drama (translated from the original German) strips Camelot bare of fanciful romance. The knights have scattered, some searching for the Holy Grail. The older knights, Kay (Ashley Carr Jr.
January 11, 1997 |
Six inmates who tunneled out of a maximum-security prison used a jackhammer and other prison-issue power tools, along with blueprints of the place, guards said. The men--two of them convicted killers--apparently used tools assigned for use by inmates working on a steam-pipe installation project, according to the guards, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Some prisoners worked unsupervised on the pipe-installation project for as much as an hour at a time, one guard said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 23, 2002 |
Alonzo G. Decker Jr., the engineer who conceived and led a weekend revolution with do-it-yourself power tools, has died. He was 94. Decker died Monday of heart failure at his home near Cecilton, Md. In his seven decades with Black & Decker Corp.--the business co-founded by his father in 1910--he was credited with driving a movement that saw consumers spend their Saturdays doing chores around the house with his drills, saws, hedge trimmers and DustBusters.
HOME & GARDEN
July 10, 2003 |
In a town where many people don't even own a mower, my little garage comfortably contains a tractor, complete with chipper-shredder and trailer. Let me explain. Fifteen years ago, we bought a sprawling, overgrown and weed-tormented property in the hills of Pasadena. The one-car garage immediately was clogged with my collection of tools. I merely had the basics for automotive repair and carpentry, plumbing, electrical and masonry projects.