One less useless tool!


There was thread a couple weeks ago about what the most useless tool is. As always, the PC444 profile sander was a clear favorite.
That reminded me that I actually owned one, but haven't used it in years. I bought it at HD for half price on closeout (yeh, that should have been enough warning); it was my first "good" tool. right.
Anyhow, I put it on eBay and sold it for $31, so I got most of my money back on it. I sure hope the new owner finds more uses for it than I did!
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Toller wrote:

I've got a contender. I bought some of those HF pipe clamp parts awhile back. You remember, I said one of them had a split housing for the pipe? I can't get them on the pipes!
Someone by me suggested that I get a cheap 3/4" npt tap from HF. Yehright. Not so inexpensive as they look.
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I don't know why you're having a problem, I got some of those and they fit the pipes on the first try and have worked just fine ever since.
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Brian Henderson wrote:

Mainly because the "threading" where the pipe fits is so badly cast there's no real resemblance to the pipe threads. How can I describe it? There are areas in the threading near the seams of the mold that are deformed: sunken, perhaps out of register with one another in one or more directions, rough from defects in the mold.
I cannot get the pipe on these threads (using black pipe, npt 14, 3/4").
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Sounds like you got the exception, not the rule. I got a couple when they had their last sale and they all threaded on just fine. I'd take them back and exchange them for a different set.
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Don't know anything about profile sanders but I nominate RotZip as the most useless tool. Had mine 13 months, second time I used it, it broke, surprisingly the company sent me a new one. Still couldn't find much use for it. The last time I pulled it out it broke again. Wait, I've used it three times, it must not be that useless.
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What is a RotZip?
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Locutus wrote:

slang for a Rotozip. I use it to trim my dog's nails. :)
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Interesting, I just recently started using the rotary tool I got for Christmas and I have found all kinds of uses for it. This Saturday I used it to cut off finishing nails that was in the original wood trim I removed (that I am reinstalling) in the house I am rehabing. probably cut a thousand nails off, was a real time saver.
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I never thought to try using it as a mini sawzall. Although the last time I used it was to hog out a piece a stud I was leaving in the wall. Maybe I should rethink what else I could use it for. I tried it using it to cut dry wall, but didn't like the results; dust, fuzzing of the paper etc. I've never even attached the right-angle grinding/cut-off wheel to it.
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The RayV entity posted thusly:

I used mine quite a bit when tiling a wall. They work well for cutting holes and funny shapes out of tiles. Other than that, yes.. useless.
RotoZip, not to be confused with a 'rotary tool' like a Dremel.
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Indeed. My RotoZip has been pretty reliable - though not an overly used tool in my arsenal. My son's Dremel on the other hand has twice now been replaced by the factory after they burned out. The most recent replacement - burned out.
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For the very few times when a RotoZip type cut is needed you can all save yourself a lot of money if you just go out and buy a collet adapter for your router for less than $5. Then your router can be used with RotoZip bits to do just about everything that the standard RotoZip will do, and with a tool that your hands are already comfortable using. I did this two years ago to cut out a bunch of stand-up (Veggie Tales) characters from 1/4 inch plywood for a church program (and haven't had a use for the RotoZip bits since).
I also found that using a sheet of foam insulation as a backer allowed me to do the cutting without worry of hitting the bench, etc. with the tip of the bit. The foam backer board also minimized backside splintering and absorbed the sawdust. I now use this foam board as a backer whenever I'm through cutting with my router or my circular saw, and since the cut only leaves a shallow groove in the foam I can use it over again many times before it needs to be replaced.
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I rarely use the PC Profile Sander but I just finished making a replacement part for a antique rocking chair and use five or six of the profiles to form the part. It turned out to be very useful although I might not use it again for a couple of years.
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