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  1. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    A while back I "lost" a pair of Stahlville water pump pliers which I have had in my possession since I was 18 and that was back in errrrr 1982 and I panicked, I found them a week later where I had left them, on the window sill to the garden grrrrr but I was sweating. I even checked on replacements........

    Jeez

    Anyone else have the same level of OCD?


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  2. Vortigern
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    I can indeed resonate. I have mislaid a pair of knipex square end long nosed pliers a few weeks ago, I am still obsessing about where I left it. Will do so unit I die no doubt. It really annoys the hell out of me.
     
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  3. Pete999
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    As a self confessed tool tart, any tool loss, theft is a tug on the heart strings, I go into mourning for a few days, it take's while, but time does heal the wounds of a tool loss.
     
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  4. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    I know the feeling but I get paranoia as I don't lose things as I know where they always are if I lend something out I make sure I keep an eye out on it.

    The only thing that I ever lost in my life and was happy about it (after a while) was the ex wife divorcing me.......
     
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  5. telectrix
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    on a job a few years ago, i lost the following.

    socket tester (fluke), set of wiha interchangeable bit drivers in case, voltstick,

    found in back of plumber's van.

    result was tools back, plumber with broken nose. SORTED SCOUSER STYLE.
     
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  6. Dannyg8810
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    Iv got to replace what Evers missing asap then once I have I usually find the lost tool
     
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  7. KEV 1 N
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    Yes....i usually realise I've left something somewhere at a time I can do sod all about it....like waking up in the middle of the night wondering if I put something back or being miles away on a different job!
     
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  9. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    It like on the way to the station I am wondering if I have turned the electric iron off so I go back home to double check and off course it is turned off and the plug is out of the socket. Paranoid.........
     
  10. plugsandsparks
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    plugsandsparks Electrician's Arms

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    Solved this problem long ago. As i cannot appear to control the whereabouts of tools. I have 2 or 3 sets. I do notice one has gone missing but i fear not, put it out of my mind and 9 times out of 10 it magically re-appears or is found lying where i left it, sometimes 6M up in the air.. lol
     
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  11. Pete999
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    I sold some stuff to member on this forum, good stuff, I didn't need any more, lying in bed in the small hours I still break out in a cold sweat, thinking why did I sell this stuff, I don't need it but it was mine all mine, and it was shiny.
     
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  12. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    And I bet the new owner is "abusing" your old tools..........
     
  13. Pete999
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    No I'm sure the new owner is treating the new tools with respect they deserve
     
  14. SWD
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    SWD Gender neutral Electrician's Arms

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    Nah the screwdriver and pliers are his new hammer and chisel.......
     
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  15. Pete999
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    If you're fishing to find out the buyer forget it.
     
  16. telectrix
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    just had a new ratchet assenbly fitted to my snap-on driver. was slipping occasionally. took the rep. all of 10 minutes and for freee under lifetime warranty. his luton van was like a toy shop, loads of shiny expensive tools. i managed to come away with just a telescopic magnet pick-up tool for £22. think i showed commendable restraint there. you sweating yet, pete? :D
     
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  17. Pete999
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    Barsteward, you kin Barsteward
     
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  18. SWD
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    Take one of these to bed tonight as you'll need it in the middle of the night......... :D:D:D

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  19. telectrix
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    snap-on tools van.



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  20. Pete999
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    Polick
     
  21. Pete999
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    Pack it in, look they even have a T shirt OMG heaven in a van
     
  22. Pete999
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    Anyone know the make of tools the DONs supply to their staff? I need a fix.
     
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  23. telectrix
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    try felo interchangeables . the set i have includes flatties, philips,pozu, torqs, and even +/-.for MCBs. drool over this:

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  24. WillWX
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    I'm pretty bad for this, I have left tools on jobs before and been gutted for a day or so about it ha.
     
  25. ferg
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    Smith and wesson, Glock?? :D :D
     
  26. Pete999
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    Cmon ferg get real, Glock I prefer the Uzi myself
     
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    AK47 for me. got some clout.
     
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  28. ferg
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    I wouldn't know what to do with either, I'd probably end up shooting myself in the foot. :)
     
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    Having shot the AK, the ubiquitous RPG give me a 50 cal any day mayhem personified.
     
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  30. telectrix
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    favorite of all time was the lee Enfield .303. only 10 shots, bolt action, but i could put a 6" group in @ 200 yards.
     
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  31. SWD
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    My cousin owns one as well as a Magnum 45 and a Stirling Sub Machine gun, his hobby is making Kentucky hunting rifles but he does live in Montana and was in the Pathfinders/Special Forces in Vietnam.
     
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  33. Pete999
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    Was thinking more screwdriver as they are my particular fetish, saw some in a store today, forgot the name, had to walk away, nearly broke my heart, they were nice and chunky, just like I remember, £13.99 + VAT for 1 driver
     
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  35. SWD
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    All this talk about screwdrivers.......

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    I don't obsess I don't think but I do go into spiralling depression and often sit for hours on end on my sofa thinking of all the good times me and that particular tool had and how i can never replace it... and if then gives me an excuse to replace it with 5 brand new glorious other tools that I need about once every 3 years
     
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  37. Pete999
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    Deffo a Tool Tart mate
     
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    I shot one of those several times on the rifle range at school, they were good fun.

    Worse than actually losing tools is the fear that I might lose them. If I have a particular tool that's a favourite I usually make a point of buying a second identical one so if I ever do actually lose it then the trauma is less because I already have another.
     
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  39. MarkRibbands
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    What about the converse? Having a long-familiar tool which whilst perfectly OK, is not the best, so accidentally losing it provides an excuse to buy a better one? :)

    I once found a Yankee screwdriver* laying in the roof space of a Visionhire* shop. I immediately realised it was the one I had lost six years earlier on a previous visit. It was like being reunited with a long-lost friend.
    Shame that in the interim electric screwdrivers had been invented. :)

    * Yeah, this dates me ...
     
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    Wow I remember them, jubilee clip on the body to stop them rolling off the scaffold tower.
     
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  41. Pete999
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    When our tools came back from an overseas trip they all ended up in the store in our workshop, if you weren't there to take custody of your tools, they sort of got shared around, not that bad as most of it was supplied by the stores, but you get to know your own set and treat is if you had bought it, at least I did,
    I had this big insulated screwdriver I had had since my days working for the SWEB big booger, loved it I did, course it went missing, found it about a year later in someone else's kit, soon had it back in my tool case though.
     
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  42. littlespark
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    You only ever lose the tool you need at this particular moment. This is also the exact same moment you find something you thought you had lost 2 weeks ago, lying on the top tray, where you left it.


    Tried a little DIY wood butchery the other day. Even bought a new hand saw for this.

    Couldn't find a pencil for marking... had to take one from kids...
    Couldn't find a decent tape measur.. found an old one that didn't spring back completely...

    Losing tools is one thing... breaking them another.

    I dropped the pencil onto concrete. That was the lead shattered, it wouldn't sharpen.. had to pinch another one. Then the tape measure followed. Split in half and unravelled.

    That was an end to the days DIY project.
     
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