Bill Somers

The Ultimate Repair Kit was the title on a package I ran across recently in a local Wal-Mart. In the paint and hardware department they had quite a few of them on display. It consisted of one roll of duct tape and one can of WD-40 spray, packaged together in a box, wrapped in plastic..

I found this especially amusing because for many of my years as a repairman, I have made a similar joke. My claim was, only half jokingly, that 80% of all repairs, except for parts replacement, could be made with one or more of five essential items. Super glue, duct tape, WD-40, plastic tie wraps and plastic wire splices. This is my repairman's five essentials. Sometimes I would substitute electrical tape for duct tape, or silicone sealer for super glue, but the idea was basically the same.

Now what exactly do these things do? Duct tape is a thick strong tape that is used to hold things together that have come loose for some reason. The same goes for other kinds of tape; and for glue, sealer, tie wraps, baling wire, binder twine, splices, screws and nails.

WD-40 is a lubricant and rust remover that allows things that are stuck together to come lose and move freely once again. The same goes for penetrating oil, motor oil, cooking oil, solvents and cleansers.

The filing system your computer uses has a similar function. It keeps or holds together things that belong together, and separates, [loosens or frees up] things that should be kept apart.

It all has to do with binding and loosing. Many common tools do this. Staplers bind things together; crowbars break them apart. Wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers do both. Keys open and shut. By now you may have guessed where I am going with this.

The Real Ultimate Repair Kit is the Keys to the Kingdom given by Jesus to his followers.

And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19

So whatever you have that needs fixing, the tools are at hand. All that is needed is proper application.

There are other common tools that do not involve binding and loosing. They include squares, levels, chalk lines, plumb lines, meters and gauges. These are instruments of evaluation or judgment. In the bible there is mention of the plummet and the measuring rod. These instruments of judgment are only used by the master builder or at his specific direction. And that is another subject altogether.

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