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Folks Of Interest Are you missing any tools?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by HOTRODPRIMER, Sep 25, 2019.

  1. This probably doesn't apply to single guys,but maybe it does.

    That was the question my daughter ask me this morning and I told her I misplace them from time to time and she said she found two screwdrivers, a hammer and a pair of needle nose pliers in her bathroom cabinet.

    I gathered them up and went out to the shop to put them in the tool box.

    Last week I found my channel locks in the kitchen junk drawer along with a shorty Phillips head screwdriver, I confronted the boss lady and she admitted to pilfering the tools, I ask her what happened to the tool box I gave her years ago, she has the toolbox underneath the kitchen sink but there are precious few tools in the there, what I did find in her tool box was one of my body hammers and my straight cutting Swiss metal shears, but the strangest thing that make absolutely no sense is my pneumatic ratchet wrench and thought it's in my best interest not to ask. :rolleyes:

    Looks like I need to re-outfit her tool box, soon! HRP
  2. Tim
    Joined: Mar 2, 2001
    Posts: 13,494

    from KCMO

    Sounds like somebody’s fishing for a trip to the tool store haha
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  3. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 16,059

    from oregon

    As a matter of fact I am!
    I kind of pride myself in keeping track of my tools but for a year I've been missing a Craftsman 1/4" drive 7/16" socket, I know, no big deal right, just go buy another one.
    That would be too easy, I guess I'm holding out hope that the gremlin that kiped it will bring it back.
    I haven't lost a tool since a 1/2" drive 9/16" socket rolled down inside the frame of my 65 1973.
  4. My wife and her daughter had a little project going, when I went to check on them, they had a bunch of my little c clamps and my 1” micrometer holding it together!
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  5. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,635


    Yes Sir! Thats why I have 3 complete sets!! Now if I can only find them! :D
  6. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    My Son and I put a torsion bar lift under his truck yesterday, along with some shock spacer/extenders, held the top of the shock stud with vice grips to hold it still while taking the shock nut off and put it back on, took it for a long ride to try it out, came back, looked it over again and there was the vice grips still clamped to the top of the shock:D
    .... A lot of the time I dont realize Ive lost something until I find it later:D
  7. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,265


    I'm always finding my tools scattered here and there. People know where to find them, but never seem to know where to return them. On the other hand, while some of it is my fault, my benches in the garage always seem to attract all kinds of things that have no business there. Then I usually get blamed for never putting anything away because everything is piled up. I don't even try to fight it anymore.

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  8. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,729


    One of the worst things I can do these days is let a tool leave my hands cause when I do........the ether grabs it!
    Anyone else have ether problems? :)
  9. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 11,227

    from Zoar, Ohio

    Funny as hell Danny.
    I laugh out loud on that one.

    After 46 yrs my wife knows exactly how to get my attention.
    If I’m not moving fast enough to get her honey do list done. She simply walks into the garage, picks up a hammer and walks back into the house.
    It’s not 15 minutes before I follow her in worried I may have to remove the tool from her before something gets broken.
  10. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,571


    When I was a line mechanic I was anal about my tools! No car left my bay until all my tools were back in their place.
    Later I had my shop to myself and the fleet remained in my control.....I got a little careless and occasionally left a tool on one of my engines!
    The guys at the Fire Stations would go over their engines with a fine tooth comb and were always delighted when they found one of my tools!
    I would have to stop by the store and get a half gallon of ice cream and take to them for ransom ! The good old days!

  11. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,571


    Over the years I have found several wrench’s still backing up that nut someone tighten years ago..... and several vise grips still doing their job!

  12. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,795

    Atwater Mike

    They (the other mechanics) used to call my toolbox the "Queen Mary", as it was 2 Master rollaways mounted on a double-kicked tube frame, with 4 steel casters. Two top boxes atop the rollaways, good size for back then...
    My "Queen Mary" is now in my garage, 2 others reside in my shop out back.
    There are engines, machines, and flattie parts, along with 'other big stuff' in the way of moving the "Queen Mary".
    When doing a little job 6 years ago, a Snap-On 1/4" drive deep 7/16" socket went spinning, underneath the "Queen". As her chassis sits L-O-W, there was NO seeing underneath it.
    I bought a Chinese 'eye' (tiny lighted camera on a flexible tube that plugs into my the App, do you think I can get the consarned thing to work?

    FARK NO, JUNIPERO! It cast a blind eye... so I went on the Bay...YES, I found an identical 1/4" drive, 7/16" deep, in the same model era as mine! (Snap-On keeps changing tool styles, so if replaced, some sockets are 'mis-matched'...Bugs guys like me, enough that we buy entire sets to keep 'em all even? Nope! Sorry...Thanks, EBay. Socket was $3, and the guy sent it to me for another $3.) Hah!

    How long can one runaway Snap-On tool bug you? THAT should have been the question...
    Oh, wife Joey has her own rollaway, BUT! She does more service and repair than I do now... not LOL...
  13. Los_Control
    Joined: Oct 7, 2016
    Posts: 766

    from TX

    And there lies the problem ... natural curiosity just gets us in trouble :D
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  14. Joe_dirt1
    Joined: May 28, 2019
    Posts: 50


    common at my place, the warden and the kids leave them everywhere....I finally went to harbor freight and bought a bunch of random cheepie stuff and left them in the house for them
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  15. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,571


    Back in the eighties, I I bought what we called the “ Mac Towers” their biggest roll around with the ten drawer top box with a three drawer middle addition. Then my helper did the same, then we added three hang ons and placed the together , with one in the center between them and one on each end ,along the wall in our rather small shop. Quite a sight in the eighties. Our Mac dealer came by and took pictures for Mac to use in advertising. He said at the time it was the biggest set of tool boxes he or his supervisor had ever seen. We were proud of it!
    I went over to a friends house the other day, he does a lot of work and saw...... a whole wall on his shop was covered with a Snap on tool box! I wished I had taken a pic! That box was 20 feet long and six or more feet high!
    Times change..... but I still like my Mac towers! I kept two of the hang ones and built an undercarriage to roll it better and added a large tool rack on back!

    Last edited: Sep 25, 2019
  16. bill gruendeman
    Joined: Jun 18, 2019
    Posts: 610

    bill gruendeman

    My wife was always gripping about my tools being dirty and on me to clean them up. So she when out and got a pink tool box and tools for the house. Happy wife happy life. My dad should have bought me a tool set before I lost a lot of his tools, I started get my own tools at 16 and no better about losing them for a long time.
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  17. Brenda can be very independent and 95% of the time will try and fix anything she thinks she can handle, thus she goes out in the garage and gathers up the tools she thinks she will need, unfortunately for me she just ain't too good at returning them to where she found them. HRP
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  18. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,286


    :D Oh yeah.Somewhere about 45 years ago I was rebuilding a 289ci Stude V8.Could`nt find my 1/2 by 9/16th box end wrench.CRAP.pulled the intake,oil pan and the valley cover.To this day,I have no idea where that went:eek:.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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  19. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,997

    from Oregon

    That will teach you for going skimpy when you first handed her the tool box. :p ....guess had to figure away to show you what she wanted/needed. "Happy wife , happy life":D
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  20. Both my grandfather and I try to keep all the tools organized but its quite often we are losing something and then having to spend an hour hunting for said tool. The only tool that has been lost (to my knowledge) for good is a 1/4" ratchet. Though I do know where it is and cant get it. Years ago we were restoring a 65 El Camino and while putting the tail lights in, the ratchet slipped out of the hand and wedged itself in the hollow cavity of the quarter panel and no amount of magnets, fingers or hooks short of cutting a hole in the panel were getting that ratchet out.
  21. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,997

    from Oregon

    Sounds like wifey has a can do attitude. " :)
  22. You should see her tear into her vacuum with a tiny little screw driver.
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  23. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 594


    About thirty years ago I began noticing my tools were disappearing. Thought I was losing my mind already. I'd be in the middle of something and suddenly one of the tools I was using went missing. Until one fateful day I was on a creeper, under a car, and my dog comes in and grabs a 3/4" ratchet. I yelled at her and she took off, tool in mouth. I found her behind the barn admiring her stash of shiny chrome things. Mostly tools with some car parts mixed in. True story and man was I thankful that I wasn't losing it. After that I made sure I divided my time better between my dog and my tools.
  24. tubman
    Joined: May 16, 2007
    Posts: 6,042


    I have a rule about things like drill indexes, socket sets, and such multiple tool aggregations. "If you don't lose the first one, you can't lose the second". I very aggressively try to find a missing component if I notice something is missing. It has served me well these last few years.

    That being said; I cannot find the 4-40 tap out of my tap and die set. I cannot remember ever having to use it, and it's been missing for at least 3 years. I think I will have to buy one, as much as I hate to do it.
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  25. Pretty expensive clamp, if I saw that done with my mic, I might have had a stroke.
  26. sunbeam
    Joined: Oct 22, 2010
    Posts: 5,599


    I keep missing the ones I just laid down.
  27. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 3,143

    from Minnesota

    No,I am not missing any tools. I just can't remember where the first (insert tool name here) went to.
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  28. AVater
    Joined: Dec 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,765

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    Sounds sort of like my situation with Mrs Avater. Years ago she told me she needed a toolbox for some things she might need to do from time to time so I set up a nice assortment of house friendly tools. Since then, it has sat in the same place and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person who ever uses it.

    On another note, my son bought a house and we have been doing a bunch of stuff there. I did give him his grandfather’s long time toolbox and an assortment of tools. Along the way I think I lost my best spackling knife there and wonder now what other tools now make their home there now.

    Now my daughter just bought a house and I have begun setting up a toolbox for for her and my son-in law. I will likely be working on some projects there and anticipate additional attrition.

    All in all, the mechanics/automotive tools pretty safe.
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  29. low budget
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 5,563

    low budget
    from Central Ky

    The more people that use your tools, the more people you can blame for losing them, when you cant find em,
    Wife, kids, etc.o_O........oh there it is, where I left it:D

    I actually am not too bad for that, but I have heard plenty of guys that are, like my uncle that had 4 boys that liked to work on stuff, so a lot of the time they had, lost something:D
    Last edited: Sep 25, 2019
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  30. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 5,472

    from Berry, AL

    When my late youngest son started driving and working on his stuff, I bought him a cheapo starter tool set, combo wrenches, screwdrivers, 3/8” socket set, etc. Was fine for a while, then he would need something he didn’t have, so he’d borrow it out of my box. I was OK with that as long as he put it back, sometimes he did, sometimes he didn’t. I could usually ask him, and he’d walk right to where he had left something laying. Me, I have a problem finding what I used five minutes ago. God I miss that kid.

    My tools aren’t much of any kind of a match. I do have a set of 3/8” deep wells and a set of 1/2” standard sockets that match, but everything else is various brands. I do have a few favorites I reach for more than others, a Snapon ratchet, a Craftsman 1/2” combo wrench, etc. some things I know when they go missing, others, well, I have found them years later and wondered how they got where they were!
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