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Work tools explained


My husband sent me this. We’ve all experienced these!
Janet Kofoed

DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful for suddenly snatching
flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that it smacks you in the
chest and flings your beer across the room, denting the
freshly-painted project which you had carefully set in the corner
where nothing could get to it.

WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere
under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes
fingerprints and hard- earned calluses from fingers in about the time
it takes you to say, ‘Oh sh --’

SKILL SAW: A portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.

PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation
of blood- blisters.

BELT SANDER: An electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor
touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.

HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board
principle. It transforms human energy into a crooked, unpredictable
motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more
dismal your future becomes.

VISE-GRIPS: Generally used after pliers to completely round off bolt
heads. If nothing else is available, they can also be used to
transfer intense welding heat to the palm of your hand.

OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely for lighting various
flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also handy for igniting the
grease inside the wheel hub out of which you want to remove a bearing

TABLE SAW: A large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood
projectiles for testing wall integrity.

PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the vacuum seals under
lids or for opening old- style paper-and-tin oil cans and splashing
oil on your shirt; but can also be used, as the name implies, to
strip out Phillips screw heads.

STRAIGHT SCREWDRIVER: A tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used
to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and
butchering your palms.

PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or
bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent part.

HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays
is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts
adjacent the object we are trying to hit.

UTILITY KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of
cardboard cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly
well on contents such as seats, vinyl records, liquids in plastic
bottles, collector magazines, refund checks, and rubber or plastic
parts. Especially useful for slicing work clothes, but only while in

Son of a btch TOOL: Any handy tool that you grab and throw across
the garage while yelling 'Son of a b
tch’ at the top of your lungs.
It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.


Janet, this is priceless!!!


12 INCH FILE WITHOUT A HANDLE: Used for filing metal - can be put in
a vise with the flat surface facing the ceiling to give more
leverage, but the tang can also become a weapon, which can cause
injury to flesh - like 3 cornered skin tear!

Had this happen…story told earlier!
Rose Marie Christison



Now that I have stopped rolling on the floor, laughing until the
tears streaked my mascara down my cheeks, I can reply. Thanks so
much for sharing this. What a hoot!!

Francesca Anatra

My husband sent me this. Weve all experienced these! Janet Kofoed 

Oh what a hoot!

Can I add…

CRUCIBLE. An object attached to a metal holder with handle designed
to fly off at point of pouring metal to shower the floor with glowing
particles of metal.

True and recent story. A student of mine had this happen on her
first occasion of pouring molten metal into a cuttlefish mould. The
crucible and its handle had been in happy secure contact for years
and decided at this moment to part ways.

Kerri was magnificent. She danced a swift and fine fandango on the
numerous little fires burning in the carpet while pointing the
blazing torch at the ceiling. She also managed to tip enough of the
metal into the mould to get a perfect result.