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Forum topic by mamell posted 04-16-2016 06:20 PM 837 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-16-2016 06:20 PM

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I don’t know what else to call it..You probably get it from time to time, maybe daily like I do.
You set down a chisel or square or any tool really, turn around and POOF! GONE! You spend an hour scowering the shop to no avail and suddenly POOF! There it is again right where you left it..
It’s not so bad when you have half your tools laying out on the bench, but when you just cleaned everything up and it happens….Tool blindness..
Any other name for this condition?

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Bill White

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#1 posted 04-16-2016 07:14 PM

and what kind of Scotch are ya using as a tool finder? Cheap, blended branded stuff will make ya go blind. :)


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#2 posted 04-16-2016 07:19 PM

It could be a 10 year hangover being I gave it up awhile back or maybe I just never sobered up and didn’t realize it..
A sip of Johnny Walker does sound good about now, but I’ll have to pass..
It could have been what my mother told me would make me go blind all those years ago and I haven’t given up that yet.. Although I do try to refrain in the shop..

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#3 posted 04-16-2016 10:25 PM

I searched for my tape measure for 15 min. yesterday. I rested my elbows on my work bench, put my chin in my hands, looked down and there it was. I had to have looked right at it a bunch of times. Tool blindness.

-- Jerry

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#4 posted 04-16-2016 11:28 PM

I have this problem all the time. I often have one of the other mechanics at work look at my cart when I can’t find something and it usually right in front of me. Guess I’m getting old. I’m all the time buying new hardware when I know I have it already.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 12:11 AM

It’s also known as sometimers not to be confused with alltimers. Sometimes I remember sometimes I don’t.

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#6 posted 04-21-2016 03:08 PM

The latest one I had was losing my ear protection. I know I was using them minutes before but, for the life of me, could NOT find them! I took it as a sign to quit working for the day. As I was leaving the shop I leaned down to pick something up off the floor and the damned things fell off my head! I took that as aonter sign that I should quit working for the day.

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#7 posted 04-21-2016 03:26 PM

My latest is my combination square. First it was the squaring part. (I know there’s a name for that and I’ve lost that as well) so I just had the ruler part and now it’s me guessing what 12 inches is. I know both parts are in here, but darned if I know where . Soon it will resurrect itself as the ruler of the shop..

Enough for my lame puns.I have a BUNCH of planing left to do and I’m out of wood glue so there’s my cheap excuse to go get lunch.

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#8 posted 04-21-2016 03:42 PM

Just so ya know that it is not just you….....I was lookin’ for my cell phone all the while I was talking on it. DUH!


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#9 posted 04-21-2016 03:46 PM

My pencils disappear.. Ron

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#10 posted 04-21-2016 05:00 PM

I have never experienced this….I’m perfect except for one minor little issue…I lie

-- Mike

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#11 posted 04-22-2016 01:57 AM

I have never experienced this….I m perfect except for one minor little issue…I lie

- moke

You’re doing a darn good job of being humble there Mike and I lie as well occasionally too.

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#12 posted 04-22-2016 04:44 AM

Had the same problem with your car? I remember how to drive it, but I cannot remember for the life of me where I parked it. That happened once that I can remember. In a large mall parking structure. Car blindness? Or did my Oldsmobile temporarily quantum transport itself to another planet? Maybe that’s happening with your tools. But it’s always with things that you hold in your hands, because I never heard of someone loosing their table saw (“It was right here in the middle of my shop! I was using it just 2 minutes ago!”). Has it happened?

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#13 posted 04-24-2016 12:25 AM

Maybe you have old-timers disease. I think I have it also and I am in my mid 50’s.

-- Steve

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#14 posted 04-24-2016 12:27 AM

Pencils are my bane – they go missing for days at a time and I start using another – then all of a sudden POOF – it appears – pretty much where I left it… I think ;)

-- They said I could be anything... So I became Sarcastic! They also said making drawers is easy... I think they lied :(

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#15 posted 04-24-2016 03:21 AM

Oh, yes. I’ve had this disease my whole life. I’ve studied a topic called “mindfulness”, which purports to help one with this issue, but I misplaced the book. :/

To avoid the pencil problem, one of my neighbors leaves pencils all over his shop.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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