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^+1. I have several unused ones in the cellar, lol! Along with the dwell meters and timing lights...
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My first craftsman mechanics set I bought when I about 12 years old had one. Think it was also a 3/8 drive. Sure I have one or two in my garage somewhere in one of my boxes. Used to have a "yankee" screwdriver too, not sure where it ended up.
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Used to have a "yankee" screwdriver too, not sure where it ended up.
Seems like I saw one of those just the other day, for the first time in many years.

Like the speed wrench, I suspect battery powered devices have supplanted these, too.

But they really were marvelous creations. Given the need to keep them lined up perfectly with the screw, they probably helped make Phillips screws the preferred choice

[OT]When I moved to St Louis in 1984, there was a local hardware chain called Central Hardware. In some ways, they were a forerunner of today's home centers, but a little antiquated. I can remember shopping in the fastener department there. I was surely cursing under my breath over the preponderance of slotted machine screws and the lack of Phillips. When the big national home centers arrived a few years later, Central didn't fare well.

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Sears Wish Book

Can you remember, back in the day, going thru the Sears Wish Book and circling the presents you wanted for Christmas? Today you can create your own magazine style ads and text them to your family members Father's Day is coming soon
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Can you remember, back in the day, going thru the Sears Wish Book and circling the presents you wanted for Christmas?
Good old days, yep.
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10 or 14 mm

Seeking some inspiration, I drove over to one of the few remaining Sears stores here in the Metroplex, Town East Mall in Mesquite, home of the Mesquite Rodeo and Devil's Bowl dirt track.

Sometimes, just walking around the tool department will get my juices flowing and find me plotting my next project, or my next tool purchase

I've been looking for large (>24mm) metric deep sockets, wanting to fill in some gaps between 24 and 36mm. These are getting up into truck sizes - not that I'm planning to work on large trucks, but it doesn't hurt to be ready, just in case

Looking thru the display of individual sockets for that must-have tool I can't live without, I found the darling shown in the pic.

At first glance, I saw the 14 on the tag, then the business end which looked decidedly smaller than 14mm Studying it some, I saw 10 stamped on the body and 14 laser etched up a little higher

I'm wondering now if I should have bought this two-headed goat. But at the time, I was content to get a good pic

Theorizing how such a mix of markings could occur, I deduced that the stamping, 10, must occur fairly early after the basic socket has been formed, and (I think) before the chrome finish is applied.

For sure, the laser etch is applied after the chrome with the hang tag being close to the last step before shipping. The tag may even get inserted by the retailer rather than the manufacturer.

The point is that the 10mm stamping is in agreement with the size of the socket, and both of those are part of the early flow. Furthermore, typically in a manufacturing environment, a production run would be all the same size - ie, 10mm - there won't be any 14mm sockets, or any other size, mixed into the flow.

I assume that somehow, after forming and stamping, this piece got mixed in with another production run of 14mm sockets. That sort of makes sense - sometimes, a piece can fall off the track, then later get picked up and re-inserted in the flow, but, in this case, a flow of different sized pieces.

Once back in the flow, it got 14 lasered onto it and eventually received the matching tag.

Anyway, that's my theory and I'm sticking to it

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Great deal at Sears on Craftsman ratchet wrenches

While I was shopping for sockets yesterday, I saw a display of ratchet wrenches that were on sale as shown in the attached pic. I failed to capture the price in the photo, but I thought it was $50. In this Sears link , they show $60. Even at that, it's very good deal.

It has 10 pcs of metric and 10 SAE. As I recall, I gave around 60 bucks for my 8-pc metric set (of these same models). This is 2 that many wrenches, so it's a very good value!

The ratchets have fairly fine steps at 5 (72 steps per revolution) so they work reasonably well in tight places.

This set does not have switches for changing direction. Instead, the ends are flat - not canted like on many wrenches - so you just flip them over to go the other way. That's never been an issue for me. And, in fact, sometimes having the flat, uncanted ends is actually helpful.

Not sure how long this price is good, so get them while you can

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Shop cart / work bench

I saw this work bench at Home Depot the other day. It has a good size for a shop cart - 52"W x 24"D. Height is adjustable between 26 and 42".

It's not much for storage with two full-width drawers: one half-depth, one full-depth. But what I like about it is it has locking casters, so you can roll it right next to your work spot and lock it down without fear of it rolling down the driveway.

The top is a rugged slab, 1.2" thick. I might add a fence to it to keep tools from rolling off, but otherwise it seems like a very handy shop cart for spreading out on while working on the car. About 200 bucks.

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Husky-52...2BJ1/307723266
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Swivel/flex sockets

We have all had to remove that one nut or bolt that we couldn't get a straight shot at, and needed to go in at an angle. In my case, it was the #7 plug coil (COP) on my 1997 F150. The screw head was tucked under the fuel rail, and there was little space directly above the screw - I was forced to come in at an angle.

Fortunately, I had some swivel adapters including a " unit which was ideal for use with a 7mm socket, or so I thought. With the socket attached to the adapter, it was too tall to fit under the fuel rail

But a dedicated 7mm swivel socket was about ⅜" shorter allowing access to the screw with a " ratchet and extension. Easy-peasy. I don't even want to think about getting it out without that 7mm swivel socket. But it would surely involve some choice four-letter words

While having the swivel adapters is useful, investing in a few swivel sockets is money well spent. I only have a few, pieced together on a per-project basis it seems. But even at the premiun of buying one piece at a time, they've been well worth the money.

Over the years, I have picked up the key sizes of 10, 13, 15 and 18mm in ⅜" drive, and 7, 8, and 10mm in " drive. Some I picked up at Sears, while others I got off the web, when I knew ahead of time what sizes were needed.

It seems nowadays these are a little more common, and can be purchased in sets at a reasonable price. A quick Google search ("3/8 drive flex socket set") turns up this 7-piece ⅜" drive Kobalt metric set at Lowe's for 35 dollars.

In addition to swivels, wobblers also allow off-axis access (ie, going in at an angle) but limited to smaller angles. I have a couple ⅜" extensions with wobbler ends on them. I have rarely needed them for their wobbler functions and usually just use them as extensions. One nice thing about them is that they insert to two different depths - partially inserted, they wobble; fully inserted, they function as standard extensions with no wobble.

One interesting piece I've added but never used is the ⅜" impact swivel adapter. It looked cool when I got it, but I can't recall ever using it, much less putting an impact wrench on it. One difference it has is that, instead of a U-joint, it uses a ball-and-socket design, sort of like a CV-joint. I can't imagine where turning a socket with constant velocity is ever needed, but it's still an interesting difference. And, it may be that the ball-and-socket construction tolerates the impact hammering better than a U-joint would.

As for the swivel spark plug wrench, I think I've only ever used it once or twice, but, given how well hidden some plugs are, we all know this can be handy to have.

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Some new "tools" that I'm been buying lately - and really enjoying.... Worx products. I now have:

1. 18V weed eater (bought many years ago - still works perfectly)
2. 20V weed eater
3. 20V leaf blower (use to help dry off the car after washing too!)
4. 20V hedge trimmer
5. 20V circular saw
6. Pegasus work table/sawhorse
7. Worx SD Driver (cordless screwdriver)

I absolutely love these Worx products. They are very "handy" and I absolutely *love* the cordless aspect too. They all share the same batteries and I have a 1 hour quick-charger (have multiple chargers actually). I now have like 3 or 4 batteres - so always have a fresh battery when needed.

They aren't the cheapest tools around, but they are very well built and have some great features not found on other comparable tools. Highly recommened.
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" Drive Metric Impact Sockets

I saw these on sale at Northern Tool this week. They are Klutch brand " drive, deep metric impact sockets, 14 pieces, sizes 10-19, 21, 22, 24 and 27mm, on sale for $32.99, normally $39.99. They come with a lifetime limited warranty, laser etching and a carrying case.

https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...4103_200624103

There was also a comparable 13-pc SAE set for $36.99.
https://www.northerntool.com/shop/to...4100_200624100

I believe the Klutch brand is one of the Northern Tool store brands. For these prices, and with a lifetime warranty, they seem like good deals - surely worth taking a look at.

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Just as a follow-up to those socket organizers I bought a while back (Ernst Socket Boss) - I freaking LOVE them. Everything is in it's place now and I don't have to look al over the house for my sockets. WHen I'm done, they go right back into their spot on the Socket Boss. Absolutely awesome - highly recommended!
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Independence Day

Yesterday I was at Lowe's - the new home of Craftsman - and spotted - what else? - this set of Craftsman screwdrivers on sale for 25 bucks.

It's an American rite of passage to buy a set of Craftsman screwdrivers, and I can't think of a better time to buy them than on Independence Day, open till 8pm

Seriously, this seems like a nice set. It has 5 slotted and 5 Phillips screwdrivers, plus is has a right angle screwdriver with Phillips on one end and slotted on the other. It also had a magnetizing and demagnetizing tool.

The right angle tool is pretty basic - nowadays there are other, more sophisticated right angle tools that can be power driven - but, in a pinch, a tool like this is still very handy, especially if it's the only right angle one in your set

The magnetizing tool I get. Just about any magnet can be used to magnetize a typical steel screwdriver. But I thought demagnetizing required a degaussing tool, something which employs AC current, or so I understood anyway.

As for needing these, if they both work, they can be handy. I've only ever needed a magnetized screwdriver 2 or 3 times that I can recall, but it can be helpful, especially if you have to reach into a tight spot with only one hand.

But I've also tripped over magnetized screwdrivers a similar number of times, and wished them ill will using choice words So the demagnetizing tool may also come in handy as well.

The price seems about right for a set with a lifetime warranty, about 2 dollars for each tool in the set.

Happy 4th of July to Americans reading this, and happy Thursday to everyone else

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That is a nice set of screwdrivers for the price. I like the large range of sizes provided (not just different sized "tips", but the size of the overall tool itself). A lot of times you just get 3 or 4 screwdrivers that are the exact same overall size with different sized "tips".
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"One interesting piece I've added but never used is the ⅜" impact swivel adapter. It looked cool when I got it, but I can't recall ever using it, much less putting an impact wrench on it. "

Woo hoo!!!

Swivel on an impact,,,,,someone's gonna lose a tooth.

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