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Toolbox Odor

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by bigalturk1, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. bigalturk1
    Joined: Sep 23, 2010
    Posts: 367


    I'm not one of those guys that have a "Greasy Garage", and I do wipe my tools off before I put them away.
    However... 2 or 3 of my draws smell badly when I open them! I've emptied out the draws and cleaned them with carburetor cleaner and another time I cleaned then (And tools) with WD 40.
    I give up...anyone have the same problem?
    My friend Jim has a dirty, sloppy, un-kept garage, and his toolbox smells better than mine....WTF!
  2. old city
    Joined: Aug 30, 2010
    Posts: 35

    old city

    Some old screwdrivers smell real bad, I think its from the old plastic.
  3. Dale Fairfax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2006
    Posts: 2,585

    Dale Fairfax
    Member Emeritus

    Do you keep plastic handled screw/nut drivers in those drawer? Aging plastic handles (especially Craftsman) emit a foul oder-somewhat akin to vomit.
    Last edited: Feb 18, 2012
    Joined: Jul 16, 2006
    Posts: 2,571


    Its old skrewdrivers, I got some that stink too.

  5. Leadsled51
    Joined: Dec 21, 2001
    Posts: 333


    I agree with the others, its either an old screwdriver, or in my case I have a set of nut drivers in a plastic case, the case itself smells like puke!
  6. daddio211
    Joined: Aug 26, 2008
    Posts: 6,002


    Well thanks a lot guys, now I'm going to smell that every time I open my tool box from now on! Funny how things don't bug you until someone else brings it up!
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  7. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,559

    from Michigan

    That's funny! My Craftsman screwdrivers don't stink.... Then again, I haven't been in the garage for a while... :eek:
  8. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 20,559

    from Michigan

    Bingo! :D
  9. Nothin' more offensive than a stinky box....

    I also found that some of those drawer liners pick up mildew and stink as well. Have a look at that too. I had tossed some out a while back and use plain old cardboard.


    leaving dust and dirt in the drawes prevents oders, gotta dust my box sometimethis summer blow out the big oder absorbing chunkies:p
  11. davidwilson
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 595

    from Tennessee

    smells like cat piss?? yep! it's the tools
  12. 48 Chubby
    Joined: Apr 29, 2008
    Posts: 1,014

    48 Chubby
    Member Emeritus

    There is a cure for that.
    Take a paper towel, put some(it doesn't take much) real vanilla extract on it and lay across the drawer where the handles are. The plastic will eventually start to smell like vanilla.
    Really, it works.
  13. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

    Yep, all of my old Craftsman screwdrivers that the handles have yellowed stink like a combo of dirty socks and stinky cheese. I took them out of the box and now they reside in a holder on my peg board.
  14. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 49,294


    who neeeds martha stewart when you have the HAMB?
  15. Mike51Merc
    Joined: Dec 5, 2008
    Posts: 3,856


  16. Okay!

    I've gotta ask......

    What the hell are you doin' stickin' yer nose into yer toolbox in the first place???

    You lonely boy???

    Hell, the next thing you know, you'll be playin' with yer damn dipstick!!!
  17. Yes, use all the advice above. Pretty soon your toolbox wiil be smelling like a french whore.
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  18. tnich123
    Joined: May 26, 2009
    Posts: 160


    Replace, replace, replace, your wife wouldnt put up with a stink in the kitchen would she? Most tools carry a warranty to replace them. Looks like a trip to Sears is in order!!!
  19. Probably plastics made with casien.

    On a related note, know how HF stores smell....that is the smell of Chinese made rubber and plastic products outgassing.
  20. willcynn
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 7

    from Bel Air Md

    Just have her wash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  21. afaulk
    Joined: Jul 20, 2011
    Posts: 1,191


    Just quit sniffin everything you encounter! Hahaha....
  22. Clik
    Joined: Jul 1, 2009
    Posts: 1,919


    Are you sure you haven't been pranked? Nothing more fun than making a guy chase the odor from that stanky thing you stuck to the bottom of his tool tray.
  23. Lobucrod
    Joined: Mar 22, 2006
    Posts: 4,122

    Alliance Vendor
    from Texas

    I try not to crap in my draws. :eek:
  24. Somewhat unrelated but I guess they are drawing tools :)

    I bought a complete set of ellipse templates when I was studying at the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in 1990. They are plastic in a plastic pouch. They have smelled like puke since I bought them - 22 years now!

    Think I'll try the vanilla trick...

  25. outlaw256
    Joined: Jun 26, 2008
    Posts: 2,023


    i got a couple drawers in mine that smell like someone took a shit in it.dont have to sniff,you get a nose full when you open one.i thought it was the liner i put in there but i took that out and that wasnt it.but now that ive read this it just maybe the handles on the screwdrivers. its the drawers with them in there.ill find out today.
  26. Dr_X
    Joined: Oct 21, 2004
    Posts: 232


    I'm glad to know not just my screwdrivers smell. I almost puked when I was in my toolbox yesterday. Thanks for the advise. I'll also try the vanilla thing.
  27. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,100

    Lone Star Mopar

    Just relax man, tools are for woking not smelling... you'll be fine.
  28. Merlin
    Joined: Apr 9, 2005
    Posts: 2,546

    from Inman, SC

    I knew someone would say it......:D
  29. JD Miller
    Joined: Nov 12, 2011
    Posts: 1,908

    JD Miller
    from Wildomar

    Remove the dead Rat !

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