On 8/23/2021 11:53 AM, Bob Davis wrote:
> 3. "Clean as you go", a motto I saw when doing KP duty in the army. As soon as you finish with a tool, put it back in its place.
Yes, that's what dad politely asked me to do! And as far as waiting a
few days, I've noticed that it can turn into a few weeks (and then
you'll really be "scrambling" and "mumbling").
One of my best examples is when I took apart my lawnmower to replace
it's transmission, being very careful to remember the order that the
various parts came off of the axle. By the time the transmission
arrived in the mail and I found a convenient time to install it, I was
clueless about putting those parts back on the axle (however after quite
a bit of searching online, I was able to track down an appropriate
Finding offers to good to pass up, I have permitted myself to have
duplicated needle-nose pliers, so I can have dedicated pair for fishing,
clipping guitar strings, in the bathroom (lol), as well as my toolbox.
In fact, my last purchase at Harbor Freight involved two pair of 10"
needle nose plies, for about $10, and I've already used them a couple of
time for retrieving parts that are dropped in places that are hard to
get to. Admittedly, they are just sitting on a table, but I know where
they are! I guess if something stays in a place for more than a year,
then that's where it goes! : )
In the spirit of DIY, this week I saved my otherwise good suitcase for a
dollar's worth of few sheet metal screws from the big box store. That
gave me an excuse to try out my bolt/screw measurer (they were size 6).
I suspect most people (perhaps not readers here!) would have replaced
the suitcase, but new is not always better. It might be inferred that
it's okay to buy some tools even if you're not exactly sure what you're
going to do with them at the time that you buy them. The 7'x9' tarp I
bought years ago (for another task) from Harbor Freight was *perfect*
for helping to me stain my deck rails this summer. Having a 90-degree
corner, it covered "exactly" what I needed it to cover, no less and no
more. In case you didn't know, the prep for painting deck rails is a
"pain". : ) A good YouTube video taught me how to really and truly
clean a brush of oil based paint/stain. Let me know if you would like a
link. Post here in prior years reminded me to trying to avoid wiping the
paint off the brush--recent posts about "tapping" the brush came just
after I was finished painting the deck. Next time I'll try it! Enough
rambling...thanks for your support! And put the tools back where they
belong when you are done with them---and "get off of my lawn!" : )