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Art & Inspiration Practicing the Ups

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rockable, May 17, 2019.

  1. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,580


    I used to start working on my project and I just kept accumulating more tools, trash, parts etc until I would finally get tired of tripping over and stepping on stuff. At that point I would make an effort to clean up.

    I used to marvel at a friend who had military training. He never made a mess. If he did, he cleaned it up immediately. He always put his tools back where they belonged as soon as he was finished using it. He said, "It takes less time to put it where it belongs than it does to hunt around and find it wherever I left it."

    As I tried to convert myself over to his way of operating, I came up with my Ups rules.
    1. Get up.
    2. Pick up.
    3. Put up.
    4. Clean up.

    I do this most of the time and I find I enjoy working in a cleaner, more tidy environment now. It also promotes safety. When I fail to follow this, I usually trip over something or spend an inordinate amount of time looking for a tool. This always serves as a reminder to start back obeying the Ups.

    Do you have a similar discipline?
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  2. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,680

    from oregon

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  3. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
    Posts: 14,828

    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    cleanup is good as long as it doesn't stop the flow of work. I worked in a shop where the owner would walk in and tell us to stop and clean up then start over or he would be putting stuff away while in the middle of using it.
    there is a balance.
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  4. That reminds me, I need to clean u my shop, it's a mess! HRP
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  5. catdad49
    Joined: Sep 25, 2005
    Posts: 3,294


    Rock, we Virgos are born with this. Right, Denny?!
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  6. Petejoe
    Joined: Nov 27, 2002
    Posts: 9,954

    from Zoar, Ohio

    I am anal about it.
    If if I’m in the middle of a big project, when I finish with a wrench or whatever,
    It goes directly to its sleeping spot. I absolutely loathe looking for a tool I’ve already had out.
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  7. Rich S.
    Joined: Jul 22, 2016
    Posts: 273

    Rich S.

    As comedian John Pinette once said,
    “I don’t do Ups!

    I do Downs
    Sit down
    Lie down
    Wolf down
    And when I’m in the mood,
    I Boogy down.

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  8. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,608

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    I'll agree with the clean up and all the rest, a clean and tidy shop is a true joy.

    There is one up I'd like some people to practice and that's the Shut Up.
    And sometimes it's Shut the **** UP :D:D
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  9. Chappy444
    Joined: Jan 27, 2012
    Posts: 771

    1. Maryland HAMBers

    I am in the former military and keep it clean camp. Pick up and put away when I am done with the job, and WIPE THE TOOLS DOWN BEFORE YOU PUT THEM AWAY!!!
    I loathe grabbing a dirty tool out of the box.
    And keep the floor clean. I have no problem laying down on my garage floor in khaki pants just home from work to have a look at something under the car
  10. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 11,680

    from oregon

    "Nay Nay"!
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  11. brigrat
    Joined: Nov 9, 2007
    Posts: 4,742

    from Wa.St.

    A sanitary shop isn't traditional, my shop is such a disaster I weed out the "clean freaks" from visiting...........................
  12. flatford39
    Joined: Dec 3, 2006
    Posts: 2,208


    We Virgos are born like my late father would always tell me "put it back in the rack, Jack". I need to put my tools away after each use. It's a compulsion I can't stop.
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  13. fordrodsteven
    Joined: Apr 1, 2017
    Posts: 96


    My process is to keep tools out as I'm doing a job. That way the tools I used for disassembly are available right there for reassembly. When I finish the job the tools get wiped down and returned to their proper storage spot.
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  14. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,580


    I'm a Pisces!
  15. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 5,792

    seb fontana
    from ct

    Libra be me..Use up all the tools till can't find any out and about or in the toolbox; stop to gather all the tools up and get them in the box and start over..Repeat till project end!
  16. Rich S.
    Joined: Jul 22, 2016
    Posts: 273

    Rich S.

    My wife used to be a clean freak. I’d be sitting on the couch reading a magazine, put it down and go take a leak. Come back and my magazine is gone. Where the F is my magazine? Wife “ I put it back in the rack” After years of debriefing, she leaves my shit alone. Everything of mine is on the do not touch list.

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  17. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 9,608

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    I'd probably clean your shop if I visited ;):D
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  18. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 22,411

    Jalopy Joker

    cutting corners on clean up can easily lead to cutting corners on your build - yep, different levels of clean up : if shop in a mess can waste a lot of time trying to find the parts & tools that you know that you have "someplace" or I will just mock up up something until I find what I need later & end up doing things twice - clean shop helps reinforce safety too - don't really need to find welding helmet, just do "blink" welding, etc - I am far from perfect but, sometimes ya gotta stop & do it right, even in the middle of the day
  19. Sky Six
    Joined: Mar 15, 2018
    Posts: 1,140

    Sky Six
    from Arizona

    I clean the Marine Corps way. Move everything to one side, clean floor and then move it all to the other side. Clean it and then put it all back correctly and realign.
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  20. williebill
    Joined: Mar 1, 2004
    Posts: 2,346


    I was going to post, until I realized that in order to put the tools away after a job, one must finish the job..

    I've got tools that have been under the car since 1988.
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  21. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,580


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  22. rockable
    Joined: Dec 21, 2009
    Posts: 2,580


    If I'm welding and grinding, I sweep up after every grinding session.....several times in a day. I hate to be walking or rolling around in grinding dust.
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  23. Head north Larry, mine is a mess!!

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  24. I may or may not put things up when finished, I never know what I am going to do at any time.
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  25. Dick Stevens
    Joined: Aug 7, 2012
    Posts: 2,531

    Dick Stevens

    I find that I don't lose tools when I follow the put tools away as soon as I finish using them!
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  26. chrisp
    Joined: Jan 27, 2007
    Posts: 750


    At work my coworkers always complain about people using their tools and never putting them back. But they're always in awe about my toolboxes that are in order. Thing is they are the ones who are sowing their tools everywhere as if they are going to grow. I hate spending even 10 seconds to find a wrench. I also broom my spot at least once a day. I can roll on the ground where I work and not look like I 've been down a mine shaft.
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  27. Sandgroper
    Joined: Jan 20, 2019
    Posts: 47


    Hmmm go to garage, get ready to fit new part, 10 minute job, spend next hour looking for special tool you bought last time that made it easy. Give up and use old crappy tool that you can find. This is my world. :(
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  28. '51Plymouth
    Joined: Jun 8, 2005
    Posts: 229

    from York, PA

    I have a "no hot work within 30 minutes of quitting" rule--that last 30 minutes gives me time to clean, straighten up, have a beer, and admire what I accomplished. Is my garage military sano, spic & span? Absolutely not. But I never have to search for tools, and other people can find stuff without issues if there's a group wrenching at the house. That's good enough for me.
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  29. blackanblue
    Joined: Feb 20, 2009
    Posts: 364


    Yes but I call it REGROUP
  30. Some Melvin Udall shit going on here

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