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1 Week Ago 11:58 AM
plano-doug
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Originally Posted by hatzie View Post
If you've been turning wrenches for long one of those buggers is eventually going to disappear somewhere it's not retrievable. <snip>
For me, it's usually fasteners rather than tools. I'll drop a nut or bolt that never hits the ground, and spend too much time trying to find it.

I'll use a magnetic pickup tool trying to probe hidden places. What I've discovered is that we need a magnetic tool that is only attracted to fasteners but not other ferrous materials such as frame rails and bulkheads

Doug

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1 Week Ago 11:25 AM
hatzie
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Originally Posted by plano-doug View Post
To be clear - I stole that from Facebook. I assure you, I would never admit to having that happen to myself

Doug

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If you've been turning wrenches for long one of those buggers is eventually going to disappear somewhere it's not retrievable. At least that little beast didn't migrate into the water pump or the heater core... OTOH ya hafta wonder if that was put there purposely to get by til the thermostat could be serviced and then just left there.

I dropped a flashlight in one of the curbside upright columns of a Flex Metro at the Bush garage in Baltimore back in 1997 or 98. There's another in a 91 or 92 Nova RTS in Jacksonville FL and one in a 78 GMC RTS and one in a NABI rear door column at LACMTA Division 7. I'm sure they were melted down along with the coach when they retired those fleets.
I know there's one of my nut drivers in the wall under the stairs on a Dennis Trident Double Decker in Kelowna, BC and another flashlight in a Decker in Victoria, BC.
I've dropped nut drivers and sockets and pliers down in various frame members and behind panels that can't be removed... never to be seen again. At least by me.
I've found a few tools in light racks and behind panels in the last 40 years as well.
1 Week Ago 08:30 AM
retiredpauly Now you got room to get more??????????? STUFF !
2 Weeks Ago 10:17 AM
John Craker
Does the box count?

It'd been ~10 years since I picked up my last box (new job, wanted to look snazy!).

And since... well... that's happened a FEW times over the ~40 years I've been twisting wrenches... my tools were scattered over about 6 roller cabs. It was annoying. And an excuse.
2 Weeks Ago 12:00 AM
plano-doug
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Originally Posted by kbz1960 View Post
WTF lol
To be clear - I stole that from Facebook. I assure you, I would never admit to having that happen to myself

Doug

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2 Weeks Ago 08:41 PM
Old Bones Dropped a plug socket once , it never hit the ground , never found it
2 Weeks Ago 07:53 PM
kbz1960
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Originally Posted by plano-doug View Post
Sometimes, those lost 10mm sockets turn up



Doug



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WTF lol
2 Weeks Ago 06:37 PM
Old Bones Picked up this foot tire pump (Silme 20061A Big Foot Pump) for $20 good for 100psi.
I had a little 12 volt pump for the last decade but died , this little pump is well made





2 Weeks Ago 03:48 PM
jtrosky Damn it, Doug - there you go applying logic to things again!! :-) Of course, your explanations make complete sense... :-)

Funny story.... So I look everywhere on-line to try and find this female Torx socket, which I assumed was an E-10 since it had a "10" clearly stamped on the head. My local AutoZone didn't have any, Walmart didn't have any and Lowes didn't have any (at least according to their web sites). So I find one at an Advanced Auto about 25 minutes away. I get in my car, get to the store and couldn't find it. I asked the people that work there and it wasn't even in their system. So I say, OK - I'll just order it online for pick-up in "30 minutes" - I'll *make* them find it! I order it online from my phone while in the store and when I get the confirmation email, I realized that I was at *AutoZone* instead of the Advance Auto a half mile up the street that I was *supposed* to go to! <sigh> - don't I look like an idiot!!!

It gets even worse...

So I leave AutoZone and go a half mile up the street to Advance Auto, where I've now ordered it on-line for in-store pickup. They fine the E-10 socket and give it to me. As I'm walking to my car, I remembered that I brought the bolt with me, so I "test" fit it and sure enough, the socket (E-10) is too small. I go back into Advance Auto and the guy says "it's probably and E-14" - give me an E-14 and it fits, but as she's exachanging it in the computer, I realized that while it does fit, it's a little loose. So I ask to check an E-12 and sure enough - it fits perfectly. SO then the poor lady had to exchange it yet *again*!

Man - sure was a lot of work getting that little socket.

To make matter even worse, while looking for the "E-10" at the original Auto Zone, I found a 9-piece female Torx bit set for $22 (the single was $5). My cheap ass puts the set back to go get the $5 single bit at the right store.

Long story short - I should have just bought the damn 9 piece set at Auto Zone and called it a day!!!!!
2 Weeks Ago 02:35 PM
plano-doug
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Originally Posted by jtrosky View Post
Had to go buy a Torx E-12 socket today (female Torx socket). I am installed an under-the-seat subwoofer in my Challenger and of course, they have to use these oddball bolts to secure the seat... At first I used a 12-point 3/8" socket, but I then wasn't paying enough attention and somewhat stripped the 2nd one - which is why I had to go buy the real thing - the E-12 socket. I was eventually about to get the somewhat-stripped bolt out with the E-12 socket. But what a PITA... Why can't they just use regular bolts???
I think there are a couple advantages. On the assembly line, some things are done one-handed, so the worker is holding a tool - eg, air wrench - which has a socket on it, with the fastener inside that. I think a torx-headed fastener may be easier to keep perched in the socket without falling out more readily than a normal hex bolt, which in turn allows the assembly worker to reach into some recessed, hard-to-reach spot and run the screw in without needing to have his other hand on the screw to keep it in position.

The other advantage is that, for its diameter, I think the torx head can take more torque. So the fastener's head can be a bit smaller making it easier to fit it into tight spots.


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Oh, at least I now have a female Torx socket that I'll probably never use for anything else every again. :-) Lesson learned - buy the right tool for the job instead of trying to use something that is "close". :-)
I think these may be the new trend. (Keep in mind, 100 years ago, somebody made the same comment about his first Philip's screw driver ) My 2 Cruzes have a bunch of female torx fasteners. So hang on to that E-12 - you're gonna need it again

BTW, my Father's Day / birthday trick worked - I got that 13-pc set of female torx sockets whose pic I had texted to my wife/kids

Doug

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2 Weeks Ago 01:53 PM
jtrosky Had to go buy a Torx E-12 socket today (female Torx socket). I am installed an under-the-seat subwoofer in my Challenger and of course, they have to use these oddball bolts to secure the seat... At first I used a 12-point 3/8" socket, but I then wasn't paying enough attention and somewhat stripped the 2nd one - which is why I had to go buy the real thing - the E-12 socket. I was eventually about to get the somewhat-stripped bolt out with the E-12 socket. But what a PITA... Why can't they just use regular bolts???

Oh, at least I now have a female Torx socket that I'll probably never use for anything else every again. :-) Lesson learned - buy the right tool for the job instead of trying to use something that is "close". :-)
2 Weeks Ago 01:35 PM
plano-doug
10mm socket recovered !

Sometimes, those lost 10mm sockets turn up

Doug

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3 Weeks Ago 04:25 PM
hatzie
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Originally Posted by reubenswinks View Post
Got it for $629. I think it was 20% off...so about $60 lower than if you bought it today with that coupon. Wasnt a killer deal, but enough to make me pull the trigger.

So far I have used it to troubleshoot an evap code on my wifes suv. Found out the purge valve isn't working by commanding it to different percentages and seeing that the vacuum wasn't changing at all. Looked up the air bag code from my impala, and read the abs codes from my truck. I will be attempting to program a key for my wifes suv here shortly too. So far I love it. There is so much stuff that it does. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
That could be the fuel tank pressure sensor as well.
Been there done that got the Tee shirt.

Sounds like it's a good diagnostic tool. Good to have known working options to the GM hardware and GDS software
3 Weeks Ago 06:25 AM
reubenswinks
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Originally Posted by retiredpauly View Post
How much did they offer it for on Prime day ?
Got it for $629. I think it was 20% off...so about $60 lower than if you bought it today with that coupon. Wasnt a killer deal, but enough to make me pull the trigger.

So far I have used it to troubleshoot an evap code on my wifes suv. Found out the purge valve isn't working by commanding it to different percentages and seeing that the vacuum wasn't changing at all. Looked up the air bag code from my impala, and read the abs codes from my truck. I will be attempting to program a key for my wifes suv here shortly too. So far I love it. There is so much stuff that it does. I feel like I've barely scratched the surface.
4 Weeks Ago 08:06 AM
retiredpauly How much did they offer it for on Prime day ?
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