February 1, 2013

Tools explained.

There is a correct tool for every job.  Understanding which tool to use is half the battle.

DRILL PRESSA 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 that you had carefully set in the corner where nothing could get to it.
WIRE WHEELCleans 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, shit!"
SKILL SAWA portable cutting tool used to make studs too short.
PLIERSUsed to round off bolt heads. Sometimes used in the creation of blood-blisters.

BELT SANDERAn electric sanding tool commonly used to convert minor touch-up jobs into major refinishing jobs.
HACKSAWOne of a family of cutting tools built on the Ouija board principle ... transforming human energy into a crooked, unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its course, the more dismal your future becomes.
VISE-GRIPSGenerally 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 TORCHUsed 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 race.

TABLE SAWA large stationary power tool commonly used to launch wood projectiles for testing wall integrity.
HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACKUsed for lowering an automobile to the ground after you have installed your new brake shoes, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.

BAND SAWA large, stationary power saw primarily used by most shops to cut good aluminum sheet into smaller pieces that more easily fit into the trash can, after you cut on the inside of the line, instead of the outside edge.
TWO-TON ENGINE HOISTA tool for testing the maximum tensile strength of everything you forgot to disconnect.
PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVERNormally 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.

FLATHEAD/BLADE SCREWDRIVERA tool for opening paint cans. Sometimes used to convert common slotted screws into non-removable screws and butchering your palms.
PRY BARA tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip or bracket that you needed to remove in order to replace a 50-cent part.
HOSE CUTTERA tool used to make hoses too short.

HAMMEROriginally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate the most expensive parts adjacent to the object we are trying to hit.
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 use.
SONOVABITCH TOOLAny handy tool that you grab and throw across the garage while yelling "Sonovabitch" at the top of your lungs. It is also, most often, the next tool that you will need.

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