I write a lot about food. Today it's about hardware. A couple months ago I went to Orchard Supply Hardware and at the door was a store directory handout. So, of course, I picked it up and brought it home. It went on my pile of items to put on the list. As I read through the directory I decided to check off the items that I had and circle the ones that I thought I may someday need but don't have on hand. I was pleased to know that I'm pretty well stocked but at the same time alarmed to realize that if things go wrong I could be stuck with a lot of items around here that will not be worth much more than paperweights.
I'd like to include the entire list but I'm not going to. It's a double sided paper with four columns of items on each side. I scribbled notes all over it. If I get another one I will scan it and include it in a posting. Just not today.
Some of the items just aren't necessary but many are very useful. Let's go down the alphabet with some examples:
A - adhesives, auto batteries, axes (10 items listed)
B - batteries, bolt cutters, boots, brackets, brooms (20 items listed)
C - cable ties, camp stove and fuel, candles, caulking supplies, clothes line, coffee filters (43 items listed)
D - dowels, drain openers, drill bits, drop cloths, duct tape, dust masks (14 items listed)
Q, X, Y, and Z are not represented. The rest of the letters are. I'd suggest the next time you are at the hardware store you pick up a directory. Same goes with the grocery store. There may be things that you may only need once a year or once every five years, but you will be up a creek without a paddle if you don't have it and you can't get it.