Rick Murad helps Peter Burden
line things up.
This three-part Adult Ed workshop
offered to NEV
and Community residents introduced class participants
to the many tools used by tradesmen in their day-to-day jobs. The
first two classes were on carpentry and electrical work. Rick Murad,
from NEVís facilities department, was the guest
He identified different tools used in this trade and described their
uses, always stressing the importance of safety when using them. The
students in the class then had an opportunity to get some hands-on
experience. Students were asked to bang nails in wood, then use the
claw on the hammer to pull out a nail; use both
a hand held screwdriver and a power
screwdriver and compare the difference between the two; cut a piece of
wood using a miter saw and miter box (after measuring the wood with a
tape measure); sand the rough edge of the wood using sand paper; and
finally, drill a hole through a piece of wood using the power drill.
Even Bob Villa would have been proud of
Tim McDonald tapes around
any exposed wires.
A visit from Master Electrician
Frank Greene to discuss electricity and how it works was the
topic of the second class. After introducing himself and
stressing the importance of proper training and safety before
doing any kind of electrical work, Frank challenged the group
to install a light switch and light fixture on a wooden frame
that he had constructed just for this class. The class
participants really enjoyed seeing the fruits of their labor
when Chuck Robinson flipped the switch and the light bulb
illuminated. The class ended with Frank showing how a voltage
meter was used to determine if electricity was running through
a wire and how many volts were present.