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  1. #376
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    Not really favorite tools but these two get quite a bit of use, the grease gun is something I didn't think I needed until I bought it and the impact gun saves a ton of time and it sure beats dragging around an air hose.

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  2. #377
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    when Junior was wrenching the very large electric motors he got an electric impact wrench, he claims it is better than air unless you you have spent +400$ on an air wrench
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  3. #378
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    Quote Originally Posted by SB View Post
    West Virginia as fuck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    West Virginia as fuck.
    They are all made in Charleston WV at the Kelly axe and tool works, so yeah.
    watch out for snakes

  5. #380
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    Quote Originally Posted by XXX-er View Post
    when Junior was wrenching the very large electric motors he got an electric impact wrench, he claims it is better than air unless you you have spent +400$ on an air wrench
    Quote Originally Posted by refried View Post
    Not really favorite tools but these two get quite a bit of use, the grease gun is something I didn't think I needed until I bought it and the impact gun saves a ton of time and it sure beats dragging around an air hose.

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    Iíve got the Dewalt 120v corded 1/2Ē impact wrench. Itís ok. I mostly use it for seasonal tire changes. Itís disappointing how often it wonít break free a lug but which easily will spin with a breaker bar. My cheap old pneumatic wrench will break studs off, but my current compressor doesnít have the CFM to keep up with it.

  6. #381
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    Ya well he used them in an industrial app, i'm talking about motor s big enough to walk thru, I duno what brand BUT

    they were red
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  7. #382
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    Quote Originally Posted by old goat View Post
    Curious about Manning Bowman--apparently made mostly tin ware, silver and nickel plated stuff, that kind of thing, but also a few electric tools. Went our of business in 1945.
    Holy crap, I had no idea. That drill still works like a champ. My dad had it as long as I can remember but I figured it was 60s or 70s vintage.

  8. #383
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    Battery powered impact wrench
    Made plugging a punctured tire not suck this nipply morn

  9. #384
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    ^Definitely a "must have".



    Pop up canopy is great for sun and rain. Makes working in hot or wet weather way more tolerable.

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    And beach umbrellas aren't just for the beach...

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    Screw the net, Surf the backcountry!

  10. #385
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    Somebody here should be able to guess why this still a favorite of mine
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  11. #386
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    I used my makita cordless drill to drive my LEM Sausage Stuffer the other day. Pretty impressed with the results.
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  12. #387
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    I might be gay because I think the LEM catalogue is sexier than the Vic Secret one.

  13. #388
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I might be gay because I think the LEM catalogue is sexier than the Vic Secret one.
    Heh. Sausage stuffer. NTTAWWT.

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    So the Essential Craftsman turned me on to the Burke Bar - I think Archimedes must have had one when he said " give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the world"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JnMO6-ql8o

    And btw the Essential Craftsman channel is worth a look if you're into construction, blacksmithing, or folk wisdom!

  15. #390
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    Quote Originally Posted by nickwm21 View Post
    I used my makita cordless drill to drive my LEM Sausage Stuffer the other day. Pretty impressed with the results.
    OMG that's genius! Can't believe I've never thought of that. And here the rest of us have been hand-cranking like a bunch of suckers. No more! Thanks for the idea!

  16. #391
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    Quote Originally Posted by ianpnw View Post
    So the Essential Craftsman turned me on to the Burke Bar - I think Archimedes must have had one when he said " give me a place to stand and a lever long enough and I will move the world"

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5JnMO6-ql8o

    And btw the Essential Craftsman channel is worth a look if you're into construction, blacksmithing, or folk wisdom!
    Burke bar is standard heavy civil construction site kit. Has all sorts of uses.

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    I used my makita cordless drill to drive my LEM Sausage Stuffer the other day. Pretty impressed with the results.
    and here I thought that contraption was some kind of bong

  18. #393
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    I haven't seen a Snap On dealer in 20+ years and as a result have a few broken tools, 11 ratchets, 11 screwdrivers, a bunch of sockets and assorted other stuff.

    broken 3/8" ratchets, It's nice to have spares
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  19. #394
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    I have an old Craftsman wood chipper which I was pretty pleased with this weekend. Itís got an 8hp B&S motor. The recoil starter crapped out a year ago and Iíve been using a cordless drill and a 22mm socket to start it. I used it Sunday to mulch up some huge piles of leaves and I shot the stuff all over my lawn. Itís amazing how it reduced a couple of trailer loads of leaves to mulch

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jethro View Post
    I have an old Craftsman wood chipper which I was pretty pleased with this weekend. It’s got an 8hp B&S motor. The recoil starter crapped out a year ago and I’ve been using a cordless drill and a 22mm socket to start it. I used it Sunday to mulch up some huge piles of leaves and I shot the stuff all over my lawn. It’s amazing how it reduced a couple of trailer loads of leaves to mulch
    I'd never have thought of a wood chipper as useful for mulching. What about pine needles?
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    It has two blade sets. One side takes 3Ē limbs. The other set is fed by a large hopper and is for shredding/mulching leaves and twigs. I think pine needles would shoot thru relatively uncut

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    Is this like the one used in the film Fargo?

  23. #398
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    FWIW, Home Depot's running some legit pre-Black Friday sales right now. Just picked up a 1/2" Husky torque wrench for $50 and metric/SAE deep impact socket sets for mega cheap today:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-50...DTWA/205914009
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-...PCSR/203559463
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-1-...PCSR/203559461

    Now I'm REALLY tempted to order this best since it's finally on sale again and I have to swap brake rotors once they arrive:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Milwauke...7-21/306180606

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    I need a spreader device. It will be one use, so it has to be cheaper than ripping a wall apart and repairing the sheetrock. It needs to be about an inch long and I need to be able to operate it by touch blind up inside a wall. It has to stay in place once expanded. It is replacing a piece of wood. The fucknuts who installed the tub for the previous owner well over 20 years ago did mega kludges. The faucet valve is not mounted to anything. When I was pushing and pulling to replace the valve core, it knocked loose a piece of wood. They probably figured friction would be constant over time. That piece of wood was pushing the pipe away from the shower wall so that the faucet was snug. Now there's a big gap. Fuckers. I can't find the piece of wood, it fell in there somewhere. I am able to get my arm up in the wall through the ceiling of the bathroom directly below it. When they did some "remodeling" they ripped the ceiling apart and put a hanging ceiling in the downstairs bathroom. I don't really have the patience to keep cutting pieces of wood until I find the right size. It's an educated guess that the previous shim was wood based on the sound it made when it fell down. FML.

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    Quote Originally Posted by riser3 View Post
    I need a spreader device. It will be one use, so it has to be cheaper than ripping a wall apart and repairing the sheetrock. It needs to be about an inch long and I need to be able to operate it by touch blind up inside a wall. It has to stay in place once expanded. It is replacing a piece of wood. The fucknuts who installed the tub for the previous owner well over 20 years ago did mega kludges. The faucet valve is not mounted to anything. When I was pushing and pulling to replace the valve core, it knocked loose a piece of wood. They probably figured friction would be constant over time. That piece of wood was pushing the pipe away from the shower wall so that the faucet was snug. Now there's a big gap. Fuckers. I can't find the piece of wood, it fell in there somewhere. I am able to get my arm up in the wall through the ceiling of the bathroom directly below it. When they did some "remodeling" they ripped the ceiling apart and put a hanging ceiling in the downstairs bathroom. I don't really have the patience to keep cutting pieces of wood until I find the right size. It's an educated guess that the previous shim was wood based on the sound it made when it fell down. FML.
    Go on the backside wall. Cut a small hole in the drywall, maybe 2"x2" next to a stud in the stud bay where the pipe is, using the stud side that is closest to the pipe. Get some duct strapping (the bendable metal strap with perforations on it), and using a coat hanger fish it aroudn the pip and back to you so you can pull it back. Pull it tight so that it's pulling the valve back in and then screw it to the stud. Doen, except you have to by a 4" drywall patch and a can of texture if you have textured walls.

    Another option - this one is ghetto, so I like it better. Heh. Get a nice long molly bolt. Like this:
    https://www.homedepot.com/p/Everbilt...3922/204273381

    Make sure the screw is really long - maybe 4", but very thin. Before you insert it in the wall get one of the rubber ends you use on a doorstop and put it on the end of the screw, and glue it there. Insert into the hole, and tighten. If you have it in the exact right place it'll push the pipe tight on the outside wall against the molly legs on the inside of the drywall. Once it's nice and tight get some bolt cutters and snap the screw off as far back into the drywall hole as you can (this is why the thinner the screw the better.)

    Be careful cause if you push it to one side it'll knock it away from the pipe and it'll be useless and you have to start over.

    Once it's clipped off fill the drywall hole and viola! You're done.

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