THE YARD — As a group, humans are creative and innovative, and we benefit from that on a large scale every day. (Looking at you, electricity and indoor plumbing.)
On a smaller scale, some of us make it a matter of lifestyle to create solutions for daily problems with what we have on hand. For example, a dime can be a screwdriver in a pinch, cornstarch can sub for flour to thicken a sauce, or double sided tape can usually hold up a hem for a day.
But then there is this Australian dad, (ironically from Safety Beach), who needed to trim an overgrown hedge. He’s the kind of person who is so preoccupied with whether or not he could, he don’t stop to think if he should.
As a landscaper, he surprisingly didn’t have the right tool on hand for the job, but he did have ... other things he jimmy rigged together to create the most ill-advised, yet effective, hedge trimmer.
All he needed was a lawnmower, some heavy duty flat strapping, and an excavator. You know, just a small selection from the heavy construction equipment we all have in our backyards.
Without even watching the video, you know exactly what he did. It’s a creative cartoon solution to a real world problem. And it has about the same safety rating as Wile E. Coyote's booby traps for the roadrunner. This, or course, is what makes the dangerous "trimmer" delightful and hilarious.
As always, I hope this never needs to be said, but here we are: OSHA and I are begging you, please don’t try this at home or work.