More Power. I have a tool problem.

Discussion in 'The Barracks' started by von Poop, Aug 1, 2020.

  1. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    Can I ask you chaps, in all seriousness, when does "it might come in handy for something" tool become just junk, I have asked this question and now I'm banned from the shed! Sheila
     
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  2. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Never
    Following Finaegal's General Theorem* it can sit around for almost ever but just after you get rid of it you'll encounter a need for it.

    *The Universe tends to the maximum of perversity
     
  3. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    When we are dead and the family throws out all our stuff.
     
  4. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    That is so true. I think you need to find a like minded beneficiary well in advance of your demise.

    I've seen a few examples recently of prized possessions of over 50 years going into a dumpster within a week of the owners passing.
     
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  5. SDP

    SDP Incurable Cometoholic

    Got a few Norton tools around somewhere. Never used them but then I've yet to start the rebuild of the 1961 Dominator I bought back in about 1975. Can't rush these things.
     
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  6. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

    You rarely regret a very specific niche tool.

    Carpet stretcher/kicker. Bought in a fit of rage while doing up a mate's old house - still dragged out every 5-10 years to make a horrible job a relative pleasure.

    Pallet splitter - was £15, used all the time now for its intended purpose & multiple other lifting/breaking jobs. (Place I work had never seen them before despite pallets being a prime material. One use & ordered their own on the spot. Revelatory device if you've only ever done it with hammers & bars.)
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    Etc. Etc.

    And Robert's point is spot on.
    Throw that 'old bit of junk' away, and within a week it will be needed.
     
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  7. chrisgrove

    chrisgrove Senior Member

    Oh, I thought that screwdriver was the three foot dockyard! Not much there I haven't got, bar the jack planes. But my oldest tools (given, new, as a present) are only about 70 years old, which explains why my mallet is missing a large chunk, as a result of attacking a car wheel which would not come off any other way. But I'm doing well on the model building tools (and drawing instruments)!
    Chris
     
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  8. Rich Payne

    Rich Payne Rivet Counter 1940 Obsessive

    I'd never heard of a pallet-splitter, but we've got a lad at work who can do it quicker with a pallet truck ! I've had the odd moment with a fork lift too.
     
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  9. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

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  10. Tolbooth

    Tolbooth Patron Patron

    If it moves and shouldn't - gaffer tape.
    if it doesn't move and should - WD40
     
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  11. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I’ve been clearing out my Dad’s shed and garage recently. Some of his tools, which were my Poppa’s I reckon are so well made. Beautiful wood handles, great balance and all round craftsmanship.
     
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  12. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    I secretly took a shot in the man cave while he was working, "asleep" Sheila

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  13. sheila and richard

    sheila and richard Well-Known Member

    As you chaps have shown me your tools I will show you mine
     
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  14. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    He's a man of many vices.
     
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  15. canuck

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  16. canuck

    canuck Token Colonial Patron

    I treasure some hand tools, pocket watches, fishing gear and camping equipment handed down from my grandfather. Some of it still highly functional and all of it irreplaceable.
     
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  17. JDKR

    JDKR Member Patron

    Tools from Lidl might not be top notch quality but you have got to admire a shop that sells yoghurt and angle grinders.
     
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  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    My eldest daughter is just about to buy her first house, so I am going to put together a toolkit for her which combines both her grandfather's tools. It is a nice way to keep these things in use and in the family.
     
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  19. Dave55

    Dave55 Atlanta, USA Patron

    Posted before but these two crack me up.

     
  20. Robert-w

    Robert-w Well-Known Member

    Yup - the guy who cuts your security bolts and burgles you can also have a healthy economical diet!
     

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