Some of you may recall the thread I started about refinishing the hinges on
my trailer. After I was done with them, I moved on to freshening up the
white Rust-Cap paint that I used on the wheels a few years ago.
Well, as long as I had the wheels off and a can of black spray paint in the
shop, I figured I might as well freshen up the fenders also. There are 4
bolts that hold each fender to the trailer. Using a 3/8” socket, I took off
the first 7 bolts with no problem. Reaching up under the fender I tried to
get the socket on the last bolt and it just wouldn't go on. There was
definitely something in the way.
When I reached in with my hand to figure out what was going on, I
discovered that the 3/8” socket I had used the last time I took the fenders
off - 3 years ago - was still on the head of the bolt! It was very rusty,
but it came off with just a little effort. It had somehow hung on for 3
years and thousands of miles.
Does that mean there's hope that I'll find the other tools that have
disappeared over the years?
Imagine if for some odd reason you *had* to keep it stuck on there. No
epoxy or loctite in the world could have held it. There's probably an
endless list of things people have accidentally driven off with. I know of
a portable typewriter that made a ride of several miles on the roof of a
I had a strangely similar experience this morning. I went to plug in my
TomTom portable GPS to recharge it and the mini-USB plug just wouldn't fit.
I tried two other cables because the USB socket is deeply recessed in the
GPS and only plugs with a fairly narrow overall plug size will fit.
Finally, after that failed I took out the magnifier. It turns out that the
tiny metal shield around the plug of the last cable I had used to charge it
had come off and was lodged inside the GPS jack. Just the metal surround
shield, not the actual connector was stuck in there. I took a pair of
needle-nosed pliers and pulled it out and all is fine again.
It once took me five years to find my favorite staple gun. I had gotten
interrupted tacking down the back edge of a very tall bookcase and had left
the stapler on top of the bookcase toward the back. Much time intervened
and it wasn't until I climbed up on a ladder in that room that I saw the
long lost stapler.
My neighbor's dog used to steal his tools - mostly screwdrivers and wooden
handled chisels - and bury them in the backyard.
Neighbor told me had had taken his new car to the shop several times and
they could never figure out what was the disturbing rattle. Finally, he
listened closely for a while, stopped, took off the inside door panel,
and found a paper bag with a bunch of bolts in it.
My late brother in law worked for a VW dealer back in the 1970's,
remember air cooled VW Beatles? When the mechanics and detailers
checked the new arrivals from the plant in Germany, they would often
find German beer bottles and the remains of some German fellow's lunch
inside various cavities of the little cars. ^_^
I've noticed a rather regular exchange program that goes on in auto shops.
Apparently elves take small change out of the change tray but they often
leave vacuum nozzles, screwdrivers, bolts and other things behind. I always
count the change in the tray before I give the car up for service because $3
or so is a small price to pay to find out you're giving your car over to
thieves. Interestingly enough, while I've lost money in several places,
there are many places where I have not. Nor has anyone ever taken
everything, which leads me to believe there are multiple thieves, all taking
*some* of what is left.
Had a very weird but very faint rattle in the front fender of a Jag sedan I
was restoring. Took someone hitting that fender to solve the mystery. The
fender contained a large number of nuts peculiar to Spain, a bunch of
decaying Spanish newspaper bits and lots and lots of Bondo and nylon mesh.
I couldn't say whether the nuts built up in the fender by driving through
nuts on the grounds with an existing hole or whether they were a very
peculiar idea for fender filler - EUREKA! I thought of a third possibility
just this moment. The car was sitting in a shed for 5 years. Critters!!!!
You've helped solved a cold case mystery that's bugged me for over 40 years.
Who put the nuts in the fu&ing fender! You can't imagine how surprised I
was when these brown, acorn looking nuts came pouring out of the hole I
knocked into the bondo to repair it. Good work, detective. I don't know
why but it feels good to resolve a mystery concering a car long gone from my
There are three powerful spells in the world of lost items. The most common
"I am going to put this someplace I'll be able to find it quickly"
That spell can disappear things for days.
The second, which can make stuff disappear for months adds:
"I am going to put this someplace SAFE where I'll be able to find it
The third, which can make it disappear forever is:
"I am going to put this someplace SAFE where no one will be able to steal
my moms 1968 chevelle malibu had a noise going around curves. finally traced to a wrench left in the gas tank......
i once lost a pair of pliars, at the time my boss was upset about replacing lost tools. found them a year later still right where i had left them in a machine....
gutting a home after a major house fire i once found all sorts of craftsman hand tools in the walls. some were new but others worn, i had sears exchange them/
i carry multiples of all my tools for my business repairing roll lamnators, that put plastic on paper. I lose some tools but always need certain tools, so i carry spares
That just ain't right! I'll bet it took a long time to figure out, too,
since it could land and resonate in any number of different places in the
tank. Was it small enough to fit in the filler neck? Angry neighbors and
moonbats in general like to put things in people's gas tanks.
You've given me a terrible revenge idea, though. Instead of wrenches, pour
some ball-bearings into the gas tank of a neighbor who's offended or injured
you. A few large bearings rolling around should create some seriously
There was a "One Step Beyond" or some such TV program from my youth about a
wrench left inside a submarine hull by a Nazi slave laborer that drove the
replacing lost tools. found
I love finding that old tools that went missing didn't fall in the trash. I
found my favorite pair of Klien romex strippers that I lent to a friend.
Then I discovered he was also cutting CATV with a copper-clad steel
core. )-: Many nice little nicks in the unnotched section of the blade.
When it went missing I bought a slightly different, but better replacement
that can pull the outer jacket and the inner conductor jackets off 12 and
10/2 Romex in one motion. Takes some experience to figure out how to rock
the blade carefully to "dig in" before you pull (hard - actually now harder
than my old wrists will allow) and do the one-pass multiple wire strip. I
had read about it and wondered what kind of a job it did so I got one and
found out it DOES work and under production pressure, it's got to save at
least 30 seconds per strip.
craftsman hand tools
I have to ask: Is that a builder thing, sealing up tools in the wall? I
had enormous trouble in this house with a long flexible bit I was trying to
drill from the wall switch down to the sill. It skittered, it chattered, it
got hot but never caught. When I finally opened up that stud bay through
the plaster, there was a broken off hammer head and other debris lying on
the sill plate. Is it a house building ritual to bury broken tools in the
bowels of the house they helped build?
All professionals do that. Photographers carry at least three cameras, cops
almost always have a backup gun, etc. (-; How professional can you look if
you have to stop work and say "I can't find my (whatever)" and go on a
scavenger hunt for the missing item? Tools break all the time and you know
if you're somewhere where a tool can fall into an open sewer or a cesspool,
one of those little buggers on your toolbelt is going to make a run for it.
That brings back a memory. I checked a circuit breaker
panel one time, in a wall. Below were a diags and some
other tool. Magnet on a string, and they came home with
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On 8/10/2013 8:54 PM, bob haller wrote:
found all sorts of craftsman hand tools in the walls.
some were new but others worn, i had sears exchange them/
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