I had a pet crow that would do that very thing. If I was using something he had to have it.Not so much tools but bolts, nuts, and small parts disappear when I am working on something. Tear something apart in the house. Start to put it back together - now where is that #### bolt or nut that I kept in a nice pile off to the side?
Turns out that my Border Collie was stealing them when I wasn’t looking. He must have been in full stealth mode as I never saw or heard him in the room.
Now I have to always bring some type of a container with a lid with me - or put the parts up somewhere out of his reach. What a pain as I don’t always remember to do this.
I lost a 20’ chain off the loader while mowing with the rotary cutter a few years ago. I noticed when I finished cutting that it was gone so I had a really good idea where it would be, somewhere in an area about 100’x 200’. I walked all over that area multiple times, had my wife and son looking. Used a big heavy magnet on a stick and walked all over it again. I gave up that day but would continue looking for it occasionally. Then one day about a year later- There it was all stretched out across the ground! I had to have walked over that thing 30 times!Chains are the worst for disappearing. I spray them with fluorescent orange paint and they still disappear. I usually have to buy at least one new one per year.
Just made one of those "hook" thingys yesterday. I had a long T-handle allen wrench that I somehow acquired and had never used, so it got donated to the cause. I needed to get behind a rear light on my trailer to pull it out to find out why it would not work. Sure enough 4 white ground wires were no longer connected plus the turn/stop lamp was also no longer connected. Same problem on one of the side running lights. All fixed now.I attach chuck keys to my drill press, metal lathe, etc. with retractable key chain reels. (They are also available with magnetic mounts.)
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I also made a notch in an extra hex wrench to help me remove router table plate inserts when clearance around the bit is too tight for other tools.
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When I don't have the correct security bit set during repairs, I use a rotary tool & belt sander to modify an existing flat, Phillips, or square screwdriver bit. With patience, practically any shape is possible.
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I get some great ideas from the posts shared on GTT. I can't compete with the big equipment owners, but here a few quick & easy projects that don't require much skill and have made my life easier. 1. Clip-on battery powered LED tail light Add a screw eye to the seat back and use a badge...www.greentractortalk.com
JW, that's old technology. Let's move on.One of my commonly used tools in the shop is a 3/8 inch air hose for spark plug installs.
Did that at my last shop. Nothing new here to see.I've got shelf brackets with the closet bar hooks on the end for hanging a weed trimmer. Works quite well
I have a drawer in my tool box dedicated to those same item.I have a block of wood by my stationary air compressor for the small stuff.
That's what I'm talking about.I attach chuck keys to my drill press, metal lathe, etc. with retractable key chain reels. (They are also available with magnetic mounts.)
When I used to do a lot of work on our VW TDI’s this tool was indispensable. I still use it even for easy to access clamps - it just works.