Author Topic: Confessions of a tool junkie  (Read 63265 times)

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #775 on: 28 December, 2021, 03:34:51 pm »
You people are a bad influence...
They are.
I've just given Bezos my hard earned for that DeWalt kit.
Seriously thobut, if we were that bad we'd be saying things like Lamello and Festool to you.

You mean you bought the Black & Decker kit  :demon:

Have to say I was suprised to discover that B&D owned de Walt and has done since 1990

I've known that since B&D bought out Elu.
My first cordless was an Elu 9V.
B&D bought them out, painted them yellow and removed half of the windings  from the motor.
My (heavy) 9V Elu had considerably more grunt than did a 12V DeWalt of the time.
The NiCads for it became prohibitively expensive regardless of whether you bought the B&D or the DW batteries (they were interchangeable, but priced pointed as DIY or trade respectively).
Hence I ended up with Makita.
We had a fair bit of DW kit when I was working for The Science Museum.
It was regarded as disposable, or 'one way' when working overseas.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #776 on: 28 December, 2021, 06:08:11 pm »
You people are a bad influence...
They are.
I've just given Bezos my hard earned for that DeWalt set. ::-)
Seriously thobut, if we were that bad we'd be saying things like Lamello and Festool to you.

Champagne tastes, lemonade pockets  ;D
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #777 on: 28 December, 2021, 06:13:25 pm »
Well, this may seem rather 'dur' to most of you but I have just discovered that socket sets aren't just socket shaped. I had no idea you can get allen, torx, pozi etc fittings...
Every day's a school day.

You can even get 1/4" socket to 1/4" (or is it 6mm?) hex adaptors, so you can then use any bit from your bit driver set. I find this very useful.

As is the reverse.

J

My brain has only just understood what you said there.... :facepalm:
So in theory I only need an adaptor and not a whole load of new bits. Need to go and measure what size our socket set is. It was a hand-me-down from my Dad so dog knows how old it is.
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #778 on: 28 December, 2021, 06:48:31 pm »
My brain has only just understood what you said there.... :facepalm:
So in theory I only need an adaptor and not a whole load of new bits. Need to go and measure what size our socket set is. It was a hand-me-down from my Dad so dog knows how old it is.

If it's got smaller sizes (below about 10mm) it'll be 1/4" drive. Above that 3/8". Most socket sets have both and an adapter. If you have anything for car wheel nuts (~18mm and up) it might also have 1/2" drive, which are also common on bike cassette tools and similar.

You can literally just use a 1/4" hex socket to drive hex screwdriver bits, although they lack the spring/magnet to stop the bit falling out. Likewise 4mm hex bits are common for electronics fettling, and a 4mm socket will work to drive them. My 4mm hex set includes a 4mm hex socket, which is - geometrically speaking - a very short extension.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #779 on: 28 December, 2021, 10:10:52 pm »

I have one of these:

https://amazon.de/gp/product/B000S5IT7I/

When I ordered it I only got the bit with a 1 next to it.

I have since ordered bits to take 1/4" and 3/8" and 1/2" sockets into a hex driver bit, so I could use a wolf tooth components tool

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #780 on: 29 December, 2021, 01:58:48 pm »
I've been for a rummage. It's a 3/8" ratchet but it does indeed have a converter to 1/4". Happy days...
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #781 on: 29 December, 2021, 02:10:45 pm »
I've been for a rummage. It's a 3/8" ratchet but it does indeed have a converter to 1/4". Happy days...

The converter will soon become the most precious thing in the universe. And nowhere to be found.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #782 on: 29 December, 2021, 02:30:22 pm »
Probably doesn't matter as long I can still find the 1/4" socket though?
Do not clench. It only makes it worse.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #783 on: 29 December, 2021, 02:36:16 pm »
I meant the adapter from 3/8” square drive to 1/4” square drive.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #784 on: 29 December, 2021, 02:39:09 pm »
Ah yes, if I want to use the teeny weeny sockets I guess.
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #785 on: 29 December, 2021, 09:27:38 pm »
Unlike my Wera tools, I have no use for a fractal vice - but I would love one.
It's rare for you to confess to not having a vice.  :)
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #786 on: 29 December, 2021, 09:31:31 pm »
I've been for a rummage. It's a 3/8" ratchet but it does indeed have a converter to 1/4". Happy days...

The converter will soon become the most precious thing in the universe. And nowhere to be found.

It'll be with the 10mm socket.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #787 on: 31 December, 2021, 10:15:59 am »
Unlike my Wera tools, I have no use for a fractal vice - but I would love one.
It's rare for you to confess to not having a vice.  :)

Well, my toolbox contains many vices. But I've nothing wrinkly enough (yet) to require a fractal vice.
Won't somebody think of the hamsters!

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #788 on: 09 January, 2022, 09:46:27 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vKFQ8B4cx64&t=2135s   "Making a £13000 turntable"


Building a plywood plinth from scratch, then veneering it and finally installing a classic Garrard 301 & fitting a £5k tonearm & £5k cartridge.   Very pretty.



Copied from my favourite music & hifi forum https://pinkfishmedia.net/forum/threads/making-a-£13-000-turntable-garrard-301-ikeda-tonearm-and-audionote-cartridge.263245/#post-4569801
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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #789 on: 10 January, 2022, 09:48:00 am »
There's meat for a good sermon in that ^^^.
But they never got to Carcassonne.

Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #790 on: 10 January, 2022, 11:28:51 am »
Just bought a set of Stahlwille 13 series combination spanners off that Amazon as they were 2/3 the price they normally are. I will finally have a set of decent spanners that are all the same!

Now I only have to steel myself to throwing away some of the old junk ones ....
I think you'll find it's a bit more complicated than that.

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Re: Confessions of a tool junkie
« Reply #791 on: 10 January, 2022, 06:20:10 pm »
Just bought a set of Stahlwille 13 series combination spanners off that Amazon as they were 2/3 the price they normally are. I will finally have a set of decent spanners that are all the same!

Now I only have to steel myself to throwing away some of the old junk ones ....
Send them to your local tool charity.
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