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Jack Lewis

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10-22-2016 12:14 AM

I have developed a foolproof way of locating a lost tool that is holding up a job without it. I lost a set of 4” scroll chuck jaws. Ordered a new set hoping for speedy delivery. This mornings email assured me that delivery of a replacement set was scheduled for today. Anticipating that I went into the shop to assemble all the other tools I thought I would need in case there was other tools that would have crawled away into some unlikely location just to hamper any progress again. Wouldn’t you know it, the first tool I pick up was the wayward jaws hiding in the wrong place I had stored them last use. But I guess I will never ””NOT”” put them in there place again. I think my feeble old brain is just over full of to much nonsense stuff!

-- "PLUMBER'S BUTT! Get over it, everybody has one"

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#1 posted 10-22-2016 04:11 AM

Brother, Jack you and I must have the same condition; Sometimers. Some times I remember sometimes I don’t.
I have misplaced tools for days, searched high, low, far and wide then given up. Only to find them is the most obvious of places. Really makes one shake their head don’t.
Hang in there buddy we’ll get thru this.
My best,

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#2 posted 10-22-2016 04:29 AM

Yup, I hate it when that happens ;((

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#3 posted 10-22-2016 04:46 AM

That’s for sure, the best way to find something misplaced is to buy a replacement, that way you can misplace two of them.

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#4 posted 10-22-2016 05:01 AM

Lately I’ve been finding tools that I forgot I purchased.

-- Tom D

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#5 posted 10-22-2016 01:30 PM

Jack Lewis,

My condition is similar to yours, though perhaps more acute. I can have just had a tape measure, tri-square, ruler or pencil in hand. I set it down and, needing it 5 minutes later, look where it is supposed to be. It is not there, so I spend untold time looking for it. I keep my shop uncluttered and generally clean to avoid these never ending searches. That helps but obviously not enough. After a few minutes to an hour I find the wayward tool, right where I left it.

My conclusions are that my brain leaks from time to time and that the wayward item is always in the last place I look. Perhaps one day I will wise up and look in the last place first. That would save a lot of time.

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#6 posted 10-22-2016 01:55 PM

I am very bad about misplacing a tool, and not finding it until I replace it with a new one, or laying down a ruler, pencil, etc, and spending an hour looking for it, then after finding it I forgot what I was doing to begin with. lol

-- Smitty!!!

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#7 posted 10-22-2016 02:22 PM

I have disappearing floor syndrome. Drop a screw and it disappears.

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#8 posted 10-22-2016 02:30 PM

I swear …........... hmmmm, yes I do but that’s not where I was going with this. Ahhh …... oh ya, I swear that I do not have alzheimer’s but I do have a serious case of oldtimers. lol

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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Fred Hargis

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#9 posted 10-22-2016 03:16 PM

That’s kind of the way it works for me as well, although in my case I usually don’t find the original until I’ve used the replacement once or twice….making a return impossible (or not moral, you pick).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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#10 posted 10-22-2016 04:41 PM

Have you ever searched for that smallish 12 ft. Stanley tape measure and found it…in your hand? I have.

And how many times have you scoured your bench top looking in vain for your safety glasses and realized that you were actually wearing them? Guilty as charged.

Not to mention that every time I’m in Home Depot I think that I need a backup of that 2-part epoxy so I throw one in the cart. When I get home I discover I’ve already got 3 backups.


-- "You know, I'm such a great driver, it's incomprehensible that they took my license away." --Vince Ricardo

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Gene Howe

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#11 posted 10-22-2016 04:53 PM

When the time comes for the estate sale, most people will wonder why I had so many tape measures. Woodworkers will know.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#12 posted 10-23-2016 01:52 AM

Not to mention that every time I m in Home Depot I think that I need a backup of that 2-part epoxy so I throw one in the cart. When I get home I discover I’ve already got 3 backups.

- Ripper70

My parents have done that with seasoning mixes. I’ve done it with 1/2” sockets.

The only solution I can think of is to make a whole another kind of shopping list: things NOT to buy.

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#13 posted 10-23-2016 11:21 AM

Sure is nice to know I’m not the only one with this problem. I’m still looking for that pair of needle nose pliers I used doing the wiring in my garage. I’m thinking they are somewhere inside the wall now. Guess I’ll be missing them for a long time.

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#14 posted 10-23-2016 03:45 PM

Your preaching to the choir here.
I buy another one…..try putting it in safe place so I can find it…....”Viola” thats where the one I lost is ! EVERYTIME !
And I wonder why I have 2 of everything !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#15 posted 10-23-2016 04:18 PM

Oh yeah… I spend more time looking for tools or parts than actually using them sometimes. All part of the CRS disease (can’t remember s*@t). I might have to try the ‘order a replacement’ trick.

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