Dear M. Scholar,
It's good you asked. Because power tools are expressly forbidden in the
residential life handbook, lots of freshman think they don't need them,
and find themselves hundreds of miles from home, devoid of family and powerful
However, power tools are actually banned not beacuse they're not useful,
but because Residential Life and Housing is afraid you'll use them as weapons.
Silly, considering that if you eally wanted to you could smash your window,
grab the biggest shard, and stab it into your RA's neck.
That being said, you really need a high-powered cordless drill at this
school, with screwdrive and hex heads. The beauty of the cordless design
is that you can drill holes not just in your walls and furniture, but in
anything on campus, since it's cordless! The screwdriver heads are handy
for removing the cover on your radiator, so you can press yourself right
up against it in the cold winter moths. And the hex heads are necessary
mostly if you live in Nye Hall, to remove the shield on your desk that hangs
down just low enough to make a computer monitor impossible to fit.
The second thign any UNR freshman needs is an orbital sander. It removes
more wood faster than any other kind of sander, which is great when you
want the noise to die down before your RA hears, or if you're sanding your
Greek letters into the doors on the Mackay School of Mines. And this'll
easily get rid of the thumbtack holes in your wall at the end of the year.
The last essential school supply is a good saw. A jigsaw or bayonet saw
is nice, but I recommend a reciprocating saw, sort of a vertical jigsaw
crossed with a machin gun. The great thing about reciprocating saws is that
they can cut through nails, rivets, studs, and especially walls. Use it
with your orbital sander to remove the walls in the older dorms like Manzanita,
and conjoin with your neighbor's room for a New Hall-style suite.
If you're in one of the newer dorms, you might go with an air compressor
and pneumatic nail gun instad. With this, you'll have no problems hanging
posters on a solid concrete wall. And as a bonus, an industrial-grade air
compressor i great for driying your hair in the morning, dusting your room
into the hallway ad washing away that filthy feeling you have after a WT