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Discussion in 'Personal' started by Vince_Ulam, Apr 20, 2018.
The joy of a job that justifies a new tool
The best thing about toolboxes is you need a shed to keep them in
One of our neighbours has an extensive collection of wimpy power tools (I may have moaned about this before), and I'm pretty sure every blade is blunt, and every sanding surface bald given the time he takes to do the simplest thing.
He latest acquisition is a petrol lawn mower that he uses with the choke permanently out, is there a law against cruelty to mowers?
I don't know about you, but round our way whenever the sun dares to show itself some **** starts mowing their lawn. What with that and Mad Mrs Powertools there's not much chance to contemplate the birdsong at Surfbus Towers. I may need a virtual reality quiet garden helmet soon.
I only have one tool - it is multi-purpose - I have had it all my life, but is getting a little worn around the edges
It is a sort of golf bat. You collect a numbered set and if you have any duplicates you can do swopsies with other golfers.
Not just me then. I think I could replumb the street from the just in case plumbing box in the loft.
I too have an extensive collection of odds and ends, though I am slowly chucking them all away (probably 0.5% through, so it's going well) as it makes life so much more difficult when you've no more than 4 or 5 of the same thing and have to make do. A couple of years ago I extended the wood store attached to the shed at the bottom of the garden, I saw a golden opportunity to use my 3rd and 4th best wood collections and screws from my odds and sods box. It took me ages as everything needed to be done individually. For the final part I had to buy some wood as I didn't have bits long enough. So a pack of 5 x 2.4m planks was purchased and I used a new pack of screws. It took me a fraction of the time of the earlier part so I vowed not to bother penny pinching again, the cost saving was minimal and extra time needed came to several hours.
When Blazers Major and Minor left home and set up their own homes we purchased tool kits for each of them and over the next few years added bits and pieces to them, or if they asked to borrow a tool we would lend them one and then buy them the same tool for their next birthday.Christmas. Blazer major lost most of his tools when vandals set fire to his neighbour's fence and his shed got caught in the blaze. His insurance replaced much of it and we added a few other things.
I recently saw a wanted advert on gumtree asking for nuts,bolts, screws and nails. I briefly considered if I should report it to the terrorist hotline.
It was a newspaper headline about a sexual assault in a launderette.
Nut , screws washer and bolts.
And a screwfix catalogue is better than p*rnogr@phy!
I used to collect old tools, spare parts and things to mend. That was until one day when I opened my shed door and couldn't get in. A major rethink was needed.
I had spare parts for every motorcycle and car I had ever owned, plus some spares for bikes I had never owned (or even intended to own). Anything that could not be used on current vehicles was binned.
I had old bicycle parts taken off various bikes in the past plus a racer frame I was intended to use a basis for the next "Tour de France" winner . Most of that got binned too.
I had lots of old rusty/blunt/worn tools collected from old relatives garages when they passed on. A good selection of imperial size spanners were cleaned up and lightly oiled. They have now been boxed up and waiting for the day I find an old BSA Goldstar that s been lost in an old shed for the last 40 years (although I would be happy with a Bantam). Anything I could not use was thrown out.
It turned out to be a case of "less is more". I refound some useful items I had forgotten I had, some of which I had already bought again. I also splashed out on a nice new (and expensive) tool chest so I can now found anything I need quickly and easily.
Tom Cruise uses a Leatherman in Oblivion. Good enough for me.
Plus the toolstation one.
A Mackie's spanner.
Better to be looking at it than looking for it.
I'm sure there is crocheting thread for you.
You can only do that with certain specialised irons that generally don't come as part of the set. 3 - 9 irons generally form a progression but sand wedges and other labelled lofts for pitching may be bought singly from various manufacturers.