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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Roothawg, Oct 16, 2020.

  1. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,174


    I spend about half of my shop time wandering around looking for bolts, nuts, tools and today an electric fuel pump that I just had. It gets frustrating.

    I think I could shave months off my projects, if I didn’t have old man brain.

    I swear I must have early onset Dimentia....
  2. Brand Apart
    Joined: Jan 22, 2011
    Posts: 678

    Brand Apart
    from Roswell GA

  3. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 46,857


    I spent half an hour looking for an electric pump yesterday...finally moved the stuff out of the way that was blocking my view of the words ELECTRIC FUEL PUMPS on the box....there it was.
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  4. Casey Riley
    Joined: Jun 27, 2018
    Posts: 465

    Casey Riley
    from Minnesota

    If you guys saw me struggle with the self inflicted stupidity that ends up eating up my time and efforts... you would haul me into a mental institution.

  5. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 5,198

    from Oregon

    I must have ongoing dementia for the past several years .:D
  6. gene-koning
    Joined: Oct 28, 2016
    Posts: 2,020


    I spent the last 25 years of my working life welding. I retired 2 years ago. These days, I have the hardest time keeping track of my welding gloves. Its amazing how far from where I was just using them they turn up being.

    Attitude is everything. You get to choose how you respond to the dumb things. When you start laughing at yourself for setting that thing you were just using, all the way across the shop, life gets easier. Gene
  7. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,774

    from oregon

    That's why I always took the phone off the hook (remember those) when assembling an engine.
  8. bchctybob
    Joined: Sep 18, 2011
    Posts: 2,488


    I spent almost an hour last night looking for my little brake bleeding cup. I used it just a month ago and I often set it somewhere out back to drip dry, so my buddy and I looked everywhere. I gave up and went to the drawer to get a piece of clear tube to use with a coffee can and there was the bleeder cup, right where it belongs. I swear I looked in there. We laughed and got the brakes bled and they work great but I’m not gonna live that one down any time soon! Like the man said, you gotta have a sense of humor about it.

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  9. My problem is I go out to the shop and sit down and start thinking of all I need to do and end up not getting the one thing done I went to do.
    For instance I go out to trace some wiring issues and start the process of a heater install. Next thing you know I’m headed to the landfill will a trailer full of yard waste.
  10. fegsta
    Joined: May 17, 2020
    Posts: 177


    My problem is my sons, they never put anything back where they got it from. Or they take it home over the weekend, but the weekend lasts for a month. Seems I go and get another socket or grinder ect, it's easy to run around half the day to retrieve stuff. Now I have two grinders two jig saws ect, it's so frustrating to start a job then the tool you need isn't there. I suppose it's my fault for trying to help them out. I should of got them to get there own tools...

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  11. Stogy
    Joined: Feb 10, 2007
    Posts: 16,832


    IF you don't have me do anything on it...:D
  12. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
    Posts: 398


    My sons have strict rules about borrowing things from the garage. They have to hand the borrowed item to me personally so I can misplace it all on my own.
    partsdawg, loudbang, X-cpe and 6 others like this.
  13. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 2,085


    Don't they say half the fun of building a car is the hunt? They just need to expand that to include tools, parts, paint, nuts, bolts, and anything else needed to build the damn thing!
  14. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,212


    AGREE, It makes me think I look but Do Not see anymore, when working on something, I'll end up with a pile of tools, always many duplicates, looking for something, know I have it, can't find it, sometimes it magically appears after I've purchased another one, then I find original where I thought it was. My mind screws with me. I always said, there are no 5 minute jobs and now when I realize I'm having one of those days, I stop and go at it another day. I spend way too much time looking for stuff, can't find my damn glasses, where's my coffee cup, what was I working on, why did I come in the shop, finally ready I think, phone rings, now start over. stage #1 CRS stage #2 CRAFT after achieving stage 2 guessing the frustration goes away. Someone on here had a thread about "Garage Gremlins" that was funny and sad, but too true. I've learned to laugh at myself on this subject, "It IS What It IS". Life is Good, Still get some things/projects done, just takes me forever. my deal is "Nothing Happens Fast"
  15. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,064

    from Indiana

    OMG! I'm getting so bad it is starting to scare me. I can be working on something and decide I need a different wrench. Walk to the tool box and can't remember what I was after. Finally remember what wrench I was after, turn around to go back to work and have to look around the shop to see what I was working on. Shit! An hour job now can take all day, or maybe I'll just finish it in the morning (if I can remember what the hell I was working on yesterday!!)
  16. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,064

    from Indiana

    Oh man, same thing here. Seems I can't see what I'm looking at anymore.
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  17. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,517


    My friends daughter spent 10 minutes looking for her cellphone she thought she lost in her car........ she was using the flashlight on her phone to help find it!
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  18. jaw22w
    Joined: Mar 2, 2013
    Posts: 1,064

    from Indiana

    Is she blonde? I think blonde trumps age! (My wife is blonde.)
  19. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
    Posts: 5,935


    I am terrible at finding things. So I ask my wife to come out to the shop and I describe what it is I am looking for. She finds it in no time. And she is not a gearhead in any way. Always amazes me, especially when it's right there in front of me and she says, "Is this what you're looking for?"
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  20. I wish I had some one to blame for my dilemma but I'm afraid I am the culprit, at the beginning of the pandemic I started on a long overdue reorganization and clean up, that lasted for several weeks and then we had a big storm come through and as a result the next few weeks were dedicated to cutting up downed trees and cleaning up all the debris.

    After the yard was back in shape I got back to the garage mess, I am close to having everything back in place, I have also found tools & parts I have misplaced. HRP
  21. wicarnut
    Joined: Oct 29, 2009
    Posts: 4,212


    THE "Deal" when Mature age is achieved , Go out in shop, brain fart, why, then was I coming or going, When going to store, check 2X for list, get in store, can't find it, leaving a restaurant, wife asks me, got your phone, I ask wife have your phone/ purse, where's my car keys/glasses, I have lost my debit card, 1 per year, last 2 years running. I always have a miss Garmin in all my vehicles now. My wife and I go through time frames where everything is OK, then one of our brains take a short break ( we overworked them for years) My story is my hard drive is full, but has a mild virus that pops in/out. LOL
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
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  22. 2935ford
    Joined: Jan 6, 2006
    Posts: 3,405


    Listen just goes with the territory.

    We now just joke about it.
    A couple of builds ago we couldn't find our lower shock mounts......took several weeks to only find them exactly where we put them.
    So now everything that goes missing we simply say, "They're with the shock mounts." and laugh!
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
  23. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,419

    from Berry, AL

    My problem is my work sessions seem to be so far apart. Start something, have to order a part, by the time part gets there I've moved on to something else, what did I order that part for? Sometimes it's weeks between times I get to work on anything, others it stretches out to months. By then I usually forget what I've done and still need to do, and have to go back and take inventory, by that time I have to quit and still haven't gotten anything done. I'm also bad to get to a spot I need something, instead of jumping to something else that needs done, I'll just quit. Been that way with my transmission, I need to get it rebuilt, had the money, but wouldn't turn it loose because of all the uncertainty this year. Good thing I did hold off, just got the semi out of the shop after three weeks, a nearly $11,000 shop bill. That hurt, and it still ain't right, probably needs another $5000 spent on it. So the car sits longer....
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  24. Model A Gomez
    Joined: Aug 26, 2006
    Posts: 1,344

    Model A Gomez

    I got to the point that I wrote down an inventory of the parts I had for my coupe and put them in plastic tubs in the same stall I had the frame in. I had bought parts and then bought them again when I couldn't find them. Cleaned out the garage a while back and passed on parts to friends and put some small stuff on Pay It Forward, scared to try to empty the attic in the garage.
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  25. Roothawg
    Joined: Mar 14, 2001
    Posts: 20,174


    I’m good about bagging and tagging. I’m talking about carrying something around and setting it down and 45 seconds later it vanishes.
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2020
  26. 40FORDPU
    Joined: Mar 15, 2009
    Posts: 2,879

    from Yelm, Wa
    1. Northwest HAMBers

    I typically waste time searching for a part.
    I'm positive I have it, only to finally remember I installed it already on another car, that has since been sold.
    The up side is I usually come across in my search something else I have, that I forgot I had.
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  27. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 654


    Boy, can I relate with this. I have a constant issue of dragging stuff around. I'll be working on a part and need a tool. I'll go to get the tool with the part in hand. I get the tool and return to the bench/car and then can't find the dang part......that I left setting next to where I just got the tool. facepalm2.gif
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  28. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
    Posts: 2,207


    I can't find anything because I have too much stuff on my workbench. Can't just put the tools away because there are more tools than toolbox space. Can't put stuff away because I'm not finished yet. Can't see where I left my glasses because I need them to see where I left them.
  29. topher5150
    Joined: Feb 10, 2017
    Posts: 2,065


    I can't find anything because I'm working in my backyard. I've been thinking about taking one of those roller magnets and attaching to the front of the John Deere

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  30. 1971BB427
    Joined: Mar 6, 2010
    Posts: 5,870

    from Oregon

    In recent years I've found myself setting down a part or tool, and walk away for a few minutes, only to go back and it's not there! Then spend another 15 minutes trying to find the part, and then it's right there where I thought it was! I can't explain this phenomenon, but it's a new thing over recent years. Must be dementia, or something like that?

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