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Forum topic by allthunbs posted 06-05-2010 01:25 PM 6408 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-05-2010 01:25 PM

Topic tags/keywords: tools identification mark borrow loan

The fora are full of stories of borrowed tools returned in less than stellar condition if at all.

My father had very few tools and would travel from job to job with a carpet bag with a few scribes, hammer and his 4’ scale in hand. One person borrowed his 4’ scale and burned it in flux. He never bought a new one but no one ever borrowed his tools, except his hammer. He took an arc welder, drew a bead and wrote his name in the head. No one ever borrowed that hammer again. It was so ugly it could be seen clear across the shop.

How do you mark your tools. Me, I work in my own private little world. My wife is the one that borrows the tools and I always end up hunting them down and there’s seldom an argument about who’s tools they are “ours!”

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#1 posted 06-05-2010 02:46 PM

I got sick of people borrowing my jumper cables and leaving them in a heap whever they fell… so I fixed them. I went to sandblast and solder the cables to the clamps for conductivity, when an evil thought crossed my mind…. yes, they were soldered with one end the opposite color on the other end. So….Red to (+) on one car, and black to (+) on the other car. Insert evil laugh here….

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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#2 posted 06-05-2010 02:49 PM

I worked with a guy who engraved “Not your damn tape” on his tape measures. Lol

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#3 posted 06-05-2010 04:10 PM

All of my workplace tools get the name engraved on them.

All of MY tools get painted pink and orange. Nobody tries to borrow them, unless they really, really, realllllllllllly need to :)

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#4 posted 06-05-2010 04:22 PM

I don’t lend tool any more after I let a neighbor use a sawzaw and after a week I went to his house to ask for it back an found it laying in his yard after it had been raining hard for three days.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 06-06-2010 12:26 AM

I agree with Lis, my tools at home are painted pink. My husband will buy new tools before using mine most of the time.
At my school shop I have things labeled with “tech ed shop” so the custodians don’t steal them, and have many things painted with a color corisponding to where it should be put away. the green drawer, the blue drawer, helps the kids put things away.

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#6 posted 06-06-2010 01:06 AM

I used to engrave my name on them, but after the big hit, I started using my drivers license number and WA DL so the cops would know where to look for the owner. When I was overdosed on Topamax, my short term memory got so bad they were laying every where I has been. I started spray painting them with flourscent paint. When you are looking around a job site with many dark spots they show up really well when a flash light beams hits them;-) If someone picks them up, it is obvious ;-))

-- 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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#7 posted 06-06-2010 08:03 AM

i live so far from town that nobody wants to drive to my house to borrow my tools..the best deterent ever. but i do have a friends trailer that i have been using and told him he could use it whenever he wants.))

-- larry

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