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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

old sayings

The old saying goes: "You can't fit a square peg into a round hole". Yet under certain conditions this can be done. One way would be if the round hole was large enough - of course there would be the open spaces on the four sides of the peg. The second way would be the reverse of the first - square hole, round peg.

Another way would be to use a large hammer to dislodge and/or displace portions of the hole and/or peg as it was driven in. The difficulty of this method would be dependent upon the material from which the hole and/or peg was crafted, and the size of the hammer involved.

For example, if the hole was metallic and the peg wood, the peg would be modified as it was driven in. Then the reverse - if the hole was wood or other malleable material and the peg steel, the hole would be modified and portions of the element displaced by the force of the blows administered.

The force necessary to fill the hole - whether round or square - would most likely damage one or both parts of the process and necessitate repairs to all items involved. Material (glue, sandpaper, caulk, plastic wood, sawdust and/or wood slivers) and time would be required for this operation.

Considering all this, it seems to me that the proper size and shape peg should be used in conjunction with that same size and shape hole, and all the extra effort and work could be avoided.

Another extra work avoider would be to not use holes and pegs at all, since this construction method is mostly outdated, instead use nails, screws or construction glue.

The long ago person that came up with that old saying must have been at least a few feathers short of a whole duck - not to mention those that expound upon it at great length.

Another old adage says: "There's more than one way to skin a cat". Now I'm not tempted to verify the truth of these words, but somehow I just can't imagine there being but one basic way - maybe they were speaking of slight variations - the which I will not go into for the sake of any cat lovers out there.


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