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Round 5 - WTF are these?

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Round 5 - WTF are these?

Comments for: Round 5 - WTF are these?
Onyma Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:16AM

Number one is a spoke wrench.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:18AM

#3 is a wine cork puller.
#4 is a battery post/terminal cleaner.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2011 12:19AM by BlahX3.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:29AM

#2 is also a motorcycle spoke nipple wrench. I have one of those in my Norton's tool kit.grinning
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:37AM

9er, I'm gonna hafta senja back to school for a brush up on those reading comprehension skillz, for a refresher see Round 1 again!

But, the O man and 9er are right, those 1st 2 on the left are spoke wrenches, far left is for bicycles and the next one is for motorcycles thumbs

Sorry Blah but I don't keep wine tools in my tool box and if you look at this one a bit more you'll see it has 2 tangs at the bottom that would not be able to get down the bottle neck to get beneath the cork to pop it, but .... it IS a puller, so WTF kinda puller is it confused

You did peg the Battery terminal cleaner though, nice work! This one like many others also does have a SS brush nested in the handle end for cleanin the inside of the terminal too winking


Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2011 12:39AM by Mrkim.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:42AM

A weasel-dick puller?

I knew the spoke wrench but O arready got that.

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 05/09/2011 12:44AM by BlahX3.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 12:57AM

Yep you got it Blah, and I've been savin it just in case Madnez or Beasties show back up Dancing
Green Banana!

GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 06:38AM

Maybe something like a valve spring puller?
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 07:43AM

Yep, it's a puller GAK just not for valve springs although it could be used to pull valve springs once the locks and hats have been removed that's not what this lil jewel was really designed for drinking

Here's a hint: think about it in terms of fire smiling
bouncing smiley

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 03:20PM

I give up. I'm a dolt. All this stuff is going ZOOM over my head.(*facepalm*)
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 05:46PM

I tolja I had some unusual toys in my box. I have lotsa other goodies that look like deceptively common household stuff that's all in the box for some specific purpose. With necessity bein the mother of invention all kindsa stuff winds up bein used for purposes it was never otherwise intended winking

Maybe we need for 9er to do some diggin in his tools so he can get even grinning

BTW. the last remaining WTF is it on this page is a spark plug boot puller. It's designed to slip the bottom tangs beneath the spark plug boot and squeeze the body of the boot with its curved sides when you scissor it closed and then allow you to slip the pug wire off the spark plug without yankin on the wire itself, which you're never sposta do as it can often internally damage the wires center conductor or even tear the outer insulation of the wire, either of which will ruin the wire and require replacement.

This one, like so many other tools and ideas was a great idea yet underbuilt, problee in efforts by the damned bean counters to maximize profits. This means it's so wimpy just scissorin it closed to get it to grab the boot often causes it to bend the metal of the tool. Though it does work, if it had been made from metal about 1/2 again as thick or from the same gage SS instead it would have been much sturdier and more durable/easier to use (*facepalm*)

GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 05:54PM

Don't knock us bean counters - we're not all focussed on reducing costs.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 06:32PM

I thought that looked a little on the wimpy side. I would have never figured that one out. Of course that's not saying much since I didn't know even 1/10th of the tools you showed. I should have recognized some of the brake tools though.

I hear ya on the home-made inventions though and I did come up with a way to insert a MOPAR starter armature/solenoid a few years ago when I had to replace the worn out contacts that I'm a little proud of. I cut four pieces off some old busted mini blinds about 8" long and positioned them inside the starter against the brushes. The curve of the blind pieces was near perfect. As the armature slid in it pushed against the thin metal mini blind pieces sliding the brushes back out of the way. Pulled the mini blind pieces out easily an viola! A couple of bolts later and a perfectly functioning starter for $8 in parts! I was standing there staring at the disassembled starter for about 5-10 minutes scratching my head thinking how the hell am I gonna get that in there without some special tool? I took the last swig of a beer in hand and as my head went back for that last swallow I spotted the blinds on a shelf and the light bulb went on. I'll probably brag about that for the rest of my life.

I discovered a metal cake frosting knife comes in handy for a wide, thin blade too. Along with a handle-less knife blade I mentioned before it helped to remove a bridge from an acoustic guitar. I've also used modified small turnbuckles for clamping when re-gluing braces inside acoustic guitars and made wooden extensions for c-clamps to glue bridges on them too. Beats spending $50 a pop or more on specialized luthier tools.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 06:49PM

Somebody has to count the beans. How else will anyone know how many are in the jar so somebody can win?
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 09:47PM

Spark plug boot pullers. Of course! I have a set of KD ones in my rollchest which look kinda similar, only much longer and don't have the exaggerated curved handles that yours do, Silly me.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 09:51PM

If you want me to post some pics of truly unusual tools, be prepared...they'll be equally difficult, maybe impossible for anyone but the most seasoned career line tech to figure out.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 10:45PM

Hell yeah dude, go for it. Afterall, fair's fair and I love a good challenge as well as the next guy thumbs

GAK, while I hear what you're sayin examples just like this tool where cheapin out on the finished product to save a few cents (or hundredths of a cent!) in manufacturing ruins the whole damned product. Design wise this tool is awesome and easy to use while in practice it falls short of its intended goal (*facepalm*)

Blah, idn it amazing how all kindsa stuff winds up being used for purposes it was never intended for? I liked the miniblind idea, I usually just pry the brushes into place one at a time with a screwdriver, but that's a great idea smileys
with beer

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 05, 2011 11:16PM

Thanks Kim. I tried using the skinniest screwdriver I had but there just wasn't enough clearance.
GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2011 12:30AM

Mrkim: it's a case of getting the balance right. Steel 1/2 as thick again is probably right for this tool, but 3/4 again is probably overkill and therefore overcosting. I have advised my employers before to increase quality (and therefore cost) to meet customers' demand. It all depends on the market you are targeting. Would you have bought the tool if it cost you 25-40% more than it did for instance? Even if you would have paid the extra would the majority of people who bought it been prepared to pay the extra?
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2011 01:55AM

Yeah, I'd problee still have picked it up at a higher price because I liked the design and simplicity of the tool. Sadly, when I went to use it for the 1st time was when I found it was cheeziern I had thought, which was a real disappointment.

I will VERY rarely however pay the ridiculous prices Mac, Snap-On or Matco charge for their tools. I don't mind someone makin a profit off a sale but these cats take that principle to an extreme!

While I've had several other mechs scoof at my mostly Craftsman tools and make remarks like "you can't make a livin usin that crap" to which I just calmly ask "Really? Damn I guess I've been doin the impossible for the last 30+yrs then huh?". Fuckin tool snobs are a joke (throwup)

There's a company here in the US called Lisle (if they're still in business) that makes a lotta neat lil specialty automotive tools which tend to be really well designed/manufactured, in fact some of the ones in these sets are Lisle tools, one of which has yet to be identified.

I was at a big parts swap meet and came across a vendor selling tons of specialty tools on the cheep and bagged a bunch of 'em for some great bargains, again several of which wound up in these pics smiling
bouncing smiley

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2011 02:21PM

Snobs are assholes and they all have the same superior attitude no matter what it's about.
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2011 03:00PM

Yep, Lisle is still going Kim:

pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: September 06, 2011 09:16PM

if I'm buying a tool that I know I will only use once or twice, I buy the harbor freight stuff, some of which is actually half-way decent stuff...but if it's something I know that I may or may not use often but want good quality then I buy Craftsman..

was up in the mountains about 15 years ago, my buddy couldn't get his truck started because his battery cable clamp had worked loose on the post, and for whatever stupid reason he didnt have any tools with ever see those aluminum bottle opener key-chains? it was if it was made to tighten that nut on that clamp, tightened it up and away we went...I think I mentioned my coors light cardboard 12-pack thermostat housing gasket before..
I bent a few wrenches to custom fit an application here and there, like attempting to tighten the alternator belt on my mom's 80 sumthing plymouth reliant wagon...after about 45 minutes of grunting sweating cursing and knuckle busting I decided to RTFM and I learned that if you simply remove the right front tire, you will have very easy access to the alternator tensioning bracket adjustment's because of that day that I usually do rtfm whenever I buy anything..
I also remember a time that I fabricated a custom deluxe tool at work, but it wasn't for doing my job, which at that time was pressure treating wood, the place is sadly an EPA superfund site now, but that was due to the way they did things way before the time that I worked there, anyway......we had to wear gas station guy uniforms because of the chemicals, which was great because we didnt have to ruin our own clothes, there was a decent locker room, private showers, etc...we all had 3-4 lockers for all of our stuff...kenny had one below one of mine and I knew that all he had in there was his rain gear..........
I didn't even remember what he did that made me decide to jam his rain gear locker full of hangers but I kept doing it anyway...I would get to work, change into my uniform and jam the 2 hangers, (1-pants + 1shirt) into his locker, as well as any other hangers that were laying around on the counter tops or benches, but not the ones that were on the hanger rack where they were supposed to got to where there were so many in there that I couldn't fit anymore in there with just my bare hands, so I went over to the shop and got a piece of probably 1/8 thick x 1 inch wide x however long, piece of steel and I don't honestly remember how I made it but it fit into the palm of my hand on one end and the other was just right for jamming hangers down into the locker......and jam hangers into his locker I did...all summer long
was probably mid september when I was working swing shift, it started raining around 10am and I started chuckling, and it rained alot, and I couldn't stop laughing all the way to to work at a quarter to three and didn't see any sign of kenny...went into the locker room to change and there was a solitary hanger wound very tightly around the padlock on my locker, I was laughing so hard I didn't hear kenny come in, I turned and saw him standing there dripping wet and I laughed even more...he. was. pissed. went on and on about how he had to change a cylinder and do this and do that out in the tank farm and wah wah wha how wet he was, and what I motherfucker I was for doing that etc...hell I don't know maybe ya had to be there, or know kenny, old codger with good sense of humor...he got over it all pretty quick...actually it was right after that, he sprayed foaming aerosol glass cleaner at me, but instead of shooting out foam, it shot a stream, right into my eye....fuck that hurt...eye wash fountain was literally right behind me so I just spun around and rinsed my eyeball off and everything was fine...good times...sure do miss that place...
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 07, 2011 11:11AM

That's a great story. Last place I worked had a few pranksters too, me included. One I did was taping a fresh urinal cake to the bottom of the lead tech's chair. I barely tore open the plastic packaging and it reeked so bad I had to put extra layers of packing tape over it to keep the smell to a minimum and finally got it to where you could only smell it if you were sitting it the chair.

I quietly watched his reactions. He'd sit down and get an odd look on his face, sniff a bit then go to work, sniff a little more every once in a while and once every so often look around and in the trash can for whatever was causing that smell. A couple of weeks went by and I finally thought I better go back there and tell him before he turned green and got real sick or something. I rounded the corner to his desk and he had just flipped his chair over, looked up at me red-faced and yelled, "Who the fuck did this!?!?" I was laughing so hard I couldn't speak and just raised my hand. I thought he was gonna be really pissed off but he thought it was funny as hell and laughed about how he'd been looking all over for the source of the smell and was ready to tear his whole desk apart when he realized it came from the chair.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 07, 2011 04:38PM

One of the craziest places I ever worked was at a cement plant. It was such a tough place (environmentally) to work you just about had to be nutz to work there, but the $$ was so good it was hard to walk away from, so ....

We had an oiler on our crew that was a helluva practical joker! On one of our midnight shifts the crew was sittin in the break room eatin lunch when in walks the shift foreman, a rather rotund cat named Larry. Now while Larry was a pretty cool headed guy, he was fuming mad when he walked in.

My partner and I worked in a tunnel about 20' below ground level that had a long straight steel staircase leading from ground level to the tunnel floor and just before lunch, Boatman, our oiler decided to have some fun with us by puttin grease all down the top of the handrail thinkin when we headed out to break we'd get it all over our hands. As fate would have it, when break time came we were in the other end of the tunnel and had headed out through a door at the that end instead.

Larry and his shft helper Juan were makin the rounds while everyone was at lunch and had decided to check out our nights progress so he and Juan had headed down into the tunnel via the recently greased staircase from ground level.

Larry was in the lead and when he came through the doorway and grabbed the grease covered handrail had it not been for Juan bein right behind himi he'd have likely become more akin to a human bowling ball as he tumbled down the staircase, though luckily for him Juans quick reaction in havin grabbed him saved him from that painful fate.

Anyway, when Larry came in the break room he looked right at Boatman and asked "Boatman! You been down in tunnel #2 tonight?". Boatman said "Naw boss, haddn made it down there yet tonight".

Larry glared back at Boatman, cleared his throat for added emphasis, paused an extra second or so for effect, then said "Yakno Boatman, there's a lotta goddamned rollers, gearboxes and such in this plant that needs grease on a regular basis to keep from burnin up or wearin out, but .... the fuckin handrail goin down into tunnel #2 ain't subject to ever burn up, nor is it likely to ever wear out either so it damned sure don't need grease! You get my drift?".

Boatman just sheepishly looked back at Larry and said "Yeah, boss, got it"

I could problee write a book about all the craziness I encountered in the 5yrs I worked there. It was a dangerous as hell place to work, but there were sure a lotta funny MoFos there grinning

BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 07, 2011 05:35PM

I'm sure glad that story turned out to be a funny one and not a bad injury for the rotund fella. Practical jokes can be funny as hell but some hold a lot of potential for unintended injury.

At the same place I mentioned was a guy named Brady for a while and he was always looking for some prank he could pull on someone. He did pull of a few good'ns but one he tried didn't turn out as planned at all.

At the shop we worked out of was a back door with a push-bar type thing to open it from the inside. Not the normal type bar you usually see but a long, flat, 2" wide metal piece in a metal channel to push on. To get to a storage area and the restroom in a separate building you had to go out that door onto a short landing and down two steps, across 6 feel of pavement and into the other building. The lead technician I pulled the urinal cake prank on was a rotundoid too and he would regularly go barreling out that back door like fright train headed for the restroom or whatever. He never just opened that door like a normal person would but literally bashed into the push bar every time.

Now this was a school district job and our office/shop was located behind a high school so Dog knows what would always end up being strewn around and the area between our building and the other was a favorite place for miscellaneous bullshit to wind up. it was like a useless crap magnet. Somehow a big tractor or backhoe rear tire found its way there and got filled with water from the rain. Brady had this bright idea to prop that tire fulla water up against the outside of the door in the hopes that the next time fatboy shot out that door it would push the tire over which would flop over and tumble down the steps, make a big noise and splash water all over the place. Unfortunately Brady didn't have a real keen grasp of physics and when the big boy hit that door with 340 lbs moving at top speed the tire securely blocked the door from opening at all. we were sitting in at our desks in the other room and heard the biggest, loudest string of foul language I've heard since my Navy days and boy was he pissed. This man was a devout Christian and rarely used bad language, if ever, and it was a shock to me to hear that so I figured it must've hurt and he was pretty pissed off. He came in our area screaming something about nearly breaking his fucking wrist and arm on that goddamned motherfucking door and who the fuck did that!? He looked at Brady because he was of course the automatic primary suspect and Brady just shrugged and muttered, "Wasn't me." I just shook my head.

Later on I asked Brady if he was gonna fess up to it and he said, "Fuck no!" After Brady left that job I told the prankee that Brady did that one and he said he knew that the whole time but didn't want to get in trouble for kicking his ass.

I think after that incident Brady stopped trying to prank anyone until he left and just had to do one more. As a parting gift to me he left a paper cup with a few ounces of milk in it well hidden under my desk and a couple of weeks later every morning I kept checking my shoes to see if I had stepped in dogshit. When I found it I knew it was his work. I miss Brady. He was fun.
Mrkim Report This Comment
Date: September 07, 2011 07:57PM

Another incident while at this same plant occurred between a maintenance guy and an oiler on another production crew.

2 maintenance men were standin on a catwalk that went over a big concrete pit below that was filled with pumps and valves connecting some big tanks. The oiler was below in the pit greasing the pumps and valves about 8' below where these 2 were standing above and one guys says to the other "I got an idea!".

He takes the lid off his thermos jug and pours a cup full of water then asks his buddy to hold it for him for a second. While his buddy's holdin the cup he reaches down, unzips his fly and pulls out his dick, then takes the cup back from his buddy.

By now the oiler is almost directly beneath them so he leans out just a bit and pours the water onto the top of the oilers hard hat then quickly hands the cup back to his buddy.

When the oiler looks up to see where the water's comin from he sees the maintenance guy standin there with a shit eatin grin while seemingly "shakin the dew off his lily".

That oiler chased the maintenance guy all over the place, but luckily for him, never caught him (taunt)

Like I said, that was a crazy place to work spinning
smiley sticking its tongue out

GAK67 Report This Comment
Date: September 07, 2011 09:54PM

Not a practical joke but a near miss in a sawmill. I worked in a sawmill that had a great safety record while I was there (probably helped significantly by the fact that I was based in the office and not in the factory), but the manager of the green-mill (where they cut the logs into planks) had been there a long time. He told a story of a saw operator that was sitting in his operators chair (by the time I started there the operators were in separate rooms which were insulated from the noise and the risk, but in those days was out in the mill without a cage) when the large band-saw came off it's drive rollers. This was about 150mm wide and about 4m total length. It flew towards the operator so quickly he had no time to get out of the way. Now this thing had been spinning at whatever RPM as it came off and was razor sharp so had the potential to do serious harm. It wrapped around the operators chair in such a way that the operator could not move from where he was without the engineers getting the oxy-acetylene out and cutting the band-saw away. The only injury the operator ended up with was a small cut to his thumb that didn't even need to be stitched. Apparently he needed a change of trousers though.
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: September 08, 2011 01:48AM

I worked as a lead tech in a Chrysler dealership in the 1980's, and that reminds me of a particularly awesome payback I laid down on the shop practical joker.

This guy was a scrawny fellow named John, who worked in the bay next to mine. He was a lube tech, kind of a glorified oil changer and shop go-fer, who'd install license plates and change headlight and tailight bulbs, that kinda thing.

We'd play a few jokes on each other, with the whole shop of 20-somethings and a couple of older guys playing along, but John really pissed me off when he started doodling little cartoon characters on my toolbox with a Sharpie felt marker.

I would clean it off with a little bit of 3M adhesive remover, but a faint residue had absorbed into the paint and was never coming out completely. I warned him not to do this again, or I would fix his ass permanently. This, however, did not sink in, nor did he take me too seriously,and he drew a caricature of me berating and scolding him on my toolbox lid while I was on a week long vacation.

For three days, I said and did nothing, and he'd look over at me nervously and wonder what was going on. I didn't give him any clues to the fearsome retribution I was about to unleash on his sorry ass. One day, he was at lunch with three of the other shop rats, and I decided to exact my revenge...I removed a 1/4-20 inch bolt attaching the handle to his tool box top chest, and found a suitable Zerk fitting large enough to thread into it. Then I took the pneumatic overhead grease gun and snapped it onto the fitting, pulled the trigger and wrapped a heavy rubber band around it so it would not turn off and walked away.

It took him three days to get all the grease out of his top box and bench, and clean all of his tools. He never fucked around with my stuff again.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: September 08, 2011 07:09AM

we took a guys brand new c8 pontiac, picked it up with the forklift and stuck it sideways in a display garage out in the parking lot. smiling
bouncing smiley he wasn't happy. smiling
bouncing smiley
BlahX3 Report This Comment
Date: September 08, 2011 02:01PM

My desk was at a window and right outside was a ramp to the door. On the window was a white metal screen that some of the guys would scrape their hands across as they walked up the ramp to make a noise to annoy me. Being the main contact for the tech dept I was usually on the phone which made it doubly annoying. We had an old tube of white heat sink grease that leaked and was messy and should have been tossed out years before, the kind of grease that is damn near impossible to wash off your skin. I took that shit and smeared it on the white screen where they drug their hands across and it quickly put a stop to that crap.

They still did their best to annoy me but I had ways of getting even, like glue the mouse to the mousepad, switch their phone lines around so they'd get each others calls, install Teletubby windows schemes on their computers but they persisted. I finally configured workstation management stuff to shut their computers off as soon as they logged in to the server and our systems were setup to require a network login. Heheh. That one got em begging for mercy.