1000 Uses for Speaker Wire

Remember McGiver?

He’s that sleuth with the TV series who take a pile of useless stuff and make something cool out of it . . . something that would ultimately save him from certain death.

We REALTORS often run into “fix-it” issues that are FAR from life or death, but rank fairly high in importance ESPECIALLY when a closing hinges on the fix happening NOW.

I’m a retired US Army Combat Engineer which doesn’t really qualify me to do ANYTHING, but it does explain my propensity to tinker with things in a McGiverish way.

With that in mind, I keep certain things in my car and thought I would share. Thus far, these few items have successfully “fixed” an amazing array of problems.

  • Speaker wire – Came from a LONG run from the stereo to the speakers in a former home – We moved and I didn’t need the wire for the speakers, so I coiled it up and stuck it in the trunk of the car. the cable has 2 plastic coated wires which can be pulled apart and used to tie things up with zero risk of damaging them . . . Everything from tree limbs to air conditioning ducts.
  • Duct tape . . . Do I REALLY need to go into detail?
  • Rubber Mallet – For those jobs where a steel hammer might do damage
  • Hammer . . . HEAVY hammer – Pounds signs into hard dirt – Remove nails in walls
  • 25′ metal tape measure – for interior house measurements
  • 100′ Tape measure for exterior measurement
  • Multi-head screw driver – Cool device with 5 blades – Flat, Phillips, and hex
  • Pliers – One sturdy pair with the wire cutter
  • Vice Grip Pliers – to hold things while I bend them pliers or pound them with hammer
  • Rope – You never know when you might need to hang something BIG
  • Flashlight + Extra Batteries
  • Small box of screws, nuts, bolts, nails
  • Sharp Knife – for cutting stuff 🙂
  • 1 Roll of Paper Towels + 1 roll of Toilet Paper
  • Bottle of Windex
  • “T Bar” – To turn Water Supply on or off at the street meter
  • A voltage meter to test electrical outlets
  • 3 Plastic Milk Crates to hold all the stuff and keep it from rolling around in the trunk
  • Jumper Cables (LONG ones)
  • A partridge in a pear tree
That may seem like a lot of stuff, but I promise it all fits in the milk crates and has been just the right mix of tools to solve most “REALTOR emergencies” I’ve encountered.
Come to think of it . . . from the perspective of a Boy Scout – “Be Prepared” . . . Might make sense for EVERYONE to carry stock their trunks 🙂
Perhaps Lowes could bundle this stuff together and sell it as a package “survival kit”
Just sayin’
OBTW – there really ARE 1000 uses for Speaker Wire

About Barry Owen

Residential Real Estate Principal Broker and Founder of Pareto Realty, LLC. Creating the quintessential real estate firm with emphasis on "Live, Work, & Play" balance . . . and a true Performance Oriented environment for Real Estate Professionals. Serving the Real estate needs of Home Buyers and Sellers in Middle Tennessee.
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