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Forum topic by Dallas posted 09-26-2014 11:24 PM 3531 views 0 times favorited 86 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-26-2014 11:24 PM

Hey all, I don’t mean to step on any toes, Geez, I drink beer in my shop to settle any questions on that!

My question is, do you use any power tools while drinking?

Do you look down on people who drink in the shop?

Do you even care?

To make this a little more honest, I’ll give you my preferences.

1. I drink beer in the shop.

2. I will not use any power tools after I pop the first beer.

I don’t look down on anyone, Hell, I had a boss who bought a case of beer for himself on the way to work and another case of beer at lunch. He was our cut man with the circular saw and kept up with 14 of us with no problem.
He never got a cut on his skin from a saw and he always got our called out dimensions right.
One thing I should mention, he always had the blade guard on his Milwaukee saw and later his Makita saw pulled back so it had to be set down with the blade pointed up.
I would never do this, even though I can drink like a gold fish that’s dehydrated, I just wondered what peoples honest answers would be.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#1 posted 09-26-2014 11:34 PM

If you are not using any tools both powered and non powered then yes. One of the nastiest cut I ever got was from dropping an expensive chisel, and instinctively grabbed for it, and cut me to pieces. I’m good at sharpening :)

Alcohol has zero place in the workshop if any work is going on. After the day is done, have at it. It’s just too risky not to have all the faculties in order.

I keep a fridge in the shop and it’s got beer in it, but I’d never touch one till the day is done. During the day it’s diet dew.

have a good one.

-- Sooner or later Liberals run out of other people's money.

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#2 posted 09-26-2014 11:40 PM

I’ll only crack open a cold one once tools are no longer in use.
I’ll celebrate a productive session in “The Lair” with a cold one as I clean up.

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#3 posted 09-26-2014 11:44 PM

No tools on my deck, which is my place to enjoy a cold one

-- “When you want to help people, you tell them the truth. When you want to help yourself, you tell them what they want to hear.” ― Thomas Sowell

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#4 posted 09-26-2014 11:44 PM

Lol, I probably should have said that I do rough sanding with a beer near by. Never with anything that uses 60Hz electricity!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#5 posted 09-26-2014 11:45 PM

Dallas, I don’t drink in the shop because it is too far from the fridge and not nearly as comfortable as my recliner. Normally, I only have any adult beverage at the end of my work day, but in my youth, I would drink a beer with lunch and go back to work on the farm. Now that I don’t have a farm any more, I can’t afford the calories. To answer your questions:

My question is, do you use any power tools while drinking? No, because I can’t operate them with my left hand while holding a beer in my right hand.

Do you look down on people who drink in the shop? Only if they are on the floor.

Do you even care? Different strokes for different folks and besides they often are in the running for Darwin awards.

-- Art

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#6 posted 09-26-2014 11:48 PM

I don’t drink alcohol and never have. If you want to drink that is your business. If you drive or endanger me or anyone else while drinking that is a different matter. I have a high school classmate that lives in the Dallas area. He is currently on probation. He was hit by a man that ran a stop sign but because my friend had been drinking he was the guilty party.
Saw a TV show years ago. It was that guy that was married to Marlo Thomas…..and his name has escaped me. They picked 2 people from his audience before the program started. They picked people that had eaten breakfast that morning and they picked people that were social drinkers. They set up a course on the parking lot and had these people drive the course at a given speed. Then they gave them a martini. They waited 30 minutes and gave them a second martini. I have heard that they have an ounce of alcohol in each drink…same as a beer. They waited another 30 minutes and repeated the course. They were all over the course and knocked over several cone. On of the men admitted he was really surprised because it was not unusual for him to stop after work and have a couple of drinks on the way home. If he was that out of control and he did this all the time I can imagine that a workshop would be a bad place for him to try anything except the size of a lawn chair.

I found this really interesting.

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#7 posted 09-26-2014 11:52 PM

Phil donahue

-- You are never complete, you just draw a line where done is and stop at that line.

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#8 posted 09-27-2014 12:10 AM

Grandpa, I quit driving at all when I quit driving truck over the road. I use to love being behind the wheel, but not anymore. My wife does all the driving now, especially since I am going blind in my left eye.
I drove 3.5 million miles without an accident, mostly with my own truck. I figure anything more is begging for problems.

BTW, look up the episodes where Mythbusters did the alcohol intake myths. That is even more interesting, although not totally scientific.

Oh, and for the record, my graduating class was 36 kids.
Living in a ranching and logging area, everybody drank like a fish.
Too bad 19 of the class died either while driving or while working in the woods.
Sorry, I know my limit.
That is the first one.

My whole point in this thread is not to say anything is right or wrong or give a personal opinion, rather it is to maybe help others that haven’t figured this out yet.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#9 posted 09-27-2014 12:16 AM

Folks least likely to post in this thread: those who drink while using tools.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#10 posted 09-27-2014 12:18 AM

No beer in my shop for two reasons: It’s dangerous If anyone ever set a beer on one of my saw tables, I would have to kill them

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 09-27-2014 12:24 AM

I drink when I have to not think, I smoke when I have to think. I get stoned when I need inspiration. I shoot heroine when I want to disconnect, I do cocaine when I want to be alert, I smoke crack when I am on a tight schedule, I do opium when I need some sleep and religion, I smoke pot when I need some laugh, I do masculan because it comes in red, white and green, I do acid as a science project, I snort bleach to clear my head, I do meth, just for the hell of it. Well, I am not going to tell you what I do when I use heavy machinery; that might be a bad advice! Just for fun; booze do distort your thinking which can be a good thing at times.


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#12 posted 09-27-2014 12:35 AM

Q: Do you use any power tools while drinking?
A: Nope. I keep beer and soda in the garage refrigerator. Soda during work hours, beer for when the day is done.

Q: Do you look down on people who drink in the shop?
A: Nope. I believe everybody has to take responsibility for themselves … not up to me to decide what is safe / unsafe for others. If they ask my opinion, I will be direct and honest … otherwise, mum is the word.

Q: Do you even care?
A: Nope. See my answer to the second question.

-- Gerry -- "I don't plan to ever really grow up ... I'm just going to learn how to act in public!"

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#13 posted 09-27-2014 12:38 AM

Folks least likely to post in this thread: those who drink while using tools.

- CharlesA

Oar thoosh 2 dwunk too tripe…

-- “Big man, pig man, ha ha, charade you are.” ― R. Waters

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#14 posted 09-27-2014 12:45 AM

Here is the deal, if I am dependent on a substance to make me “normal”, then the biggest danger to me is to not be under that influence. I used to know this mechanic, an ingenious mechanic who couldn’t function without his whiskey by 10 A.m. His hands would shake so hard that he was useless. Give him a few shots of whisky and his hands would steady and he could gather his thoughts and fix any problem. Sad indeed, but that is how some folks function. I never judged him for his weakness, but admired him for his knowledge.


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#15 posted 09-27-2014 01:00 AM

I use it to dissolve my shellac and clean brushes. Oh, wait, that stuff would make me go blind. I do not work in the shop even after, no during drinking one beer. I have enough trouble after a long day of work, let alone moving my attention even more. I have all my digits after 61+ years. Most of the things that caused what I have in the way of injuries (since healed) are from decades ago, for the most part. Learn or lose! I work in a clean room and any loss of attention to detail could cost millions, so no nips there, either.

-- Steven.......Random Orbital Nailer

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