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    As I posted the other day, it's time to cleanse the shop. One thing I will do is blow off all surfaces with compressed air while the ambient air filter runs on high and the shop vac runs with a clean filter. However, I can't find my stupid blow gun and I've literally gone through every box, drawer, cubby, wall peg, and anywhere else something that small could be in the shop and the garage. I actually don't think I've seen it since we moved here. So off to the HF store for a $5 blow gun and a quick release fitting. Who wants to bet that I'll find the original while cleaning the shop?
    Jim Frye
    The Nut in the Cellar.
    ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

  • #2
    Uh Huh! That is why I have at least two of everything. It sure would be nice to have a personality that organizes things. But even organized people have a tool or two with legs!

    Hope you find it!
    Hank Lee

    Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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    • #3
      At least it's a $7 tool and not a $70 or $700 tool!
      Loring in Katy, TX USA
      If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
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      • #4
        I haven't bought any of their Merlin stuff as of yet, but the Blow Gun With Safety Tip And Rubber Tip is the style of blow gun I typically end up with, lose, buy a new one, find and eventually end up with 10 of them...
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        • #5
          Whats the diff HF Merlin $4.99 vs HF $3.99 Central Pneu?

          Rubber tip is $1 more?

          Loring in Katy, TX USA
          If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
          BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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          • dbhost

            dbhost
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            I prefer the rubber tip especially when doing automotive work. Protects finishes better...

          • LCHIEN
            LCHIEN commented
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            Ah!!! Got it.

        • #6
          This thread reminded me that my Greenlee packing knife went missing from the shop about a month ago, but I never remember that when I'm at Menards or sitting at my computer. I just ordered a replacement on Amazon which ensures I'll find it in the next two days.
          Chr's
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          • #7
            Maybe we should put a case of 10mm sockets on our Christmas wish list.
            Loring in Katy, TX USA
            If your only tool is a hammer, you tend to treat all problems as if they were nails.
            BT3 FAQ - https://www.sawdustzone.org/forum/di...sked-questions

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            • dbhost

              dbhost
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              Standard or deep well? I have about 3 extra 10mm deep well 3/8 drive sockets. They just sort of keep rolling out into the floor from heaven only knows where. I think my wife goes to Home Depot (Husky) and buys one and throws it in the garage when she wants me to clean up in there.

            • LCHIEN
              LCHIEN commented
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              Having extras is contrary to Murphy's laws.
              Tradition and Murphy has it that the most used socket is always missing. Esp. when you need it.
              For SAE sizes its usually 9/16" if you work in vintage cars, Or maybe 1/4" if you work on small stuff.

          • #8
            Sockets for me: (4) 1/2", (2) 9/16" sockets. That will do me about 18 months!
            Hank Lee

            Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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            • #9
              If you want single sockets, I haven ever been in a pawn shop that doesn’t have bins and boxes full of every size imaginable socket. All you have to do is dit through and find what you need, usually a buck each.

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              • LCHIEN
                LCHIEN commented
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                Same thing for replacing single missing wrenches, for maybe $2. Or to get a dedicated one for a tool that uses it.

                Sometimes though, they are very "used". As in beat up and dirty.
                Last edited by LCHIEN; 05-12-2022, 01:57 AM.

            • #10
              Originally posted by capncarl View Post
              If you want single sockets, I haven ever been in a pawn shop that doesn’t have bins and boxes full of every size imaginable socket. All you have to do is dit through and find what you need, usually a buck each.
              That is a good idea. It has been a long time since I have been in a pawn shop, for a reason. I went into a couple probably about 10 years ago looking for a used tool and they wanted almost new prices and wouldn't bargain. I told them new was as cheap as their used tools. Since I experienced that in two different stores, I haven't been back.

              it is about time to check them out again.
              Hank Lee

              Experience is what you get when you don't get what you wanted!

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              • capncarl
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                You are correct, pawnshop prices are ridiculous on some items. One shop I frequent ever 4-5 months has lots of new in box Dewalt and Milwaukee battery tools…. A also saw this at the last car show-in February…. I mean lots, as in a semi trailer full,
                At the same car show a pawnshop had like 2 semi loads of their trade in tools on tables, still at above yard sale price. What impressed me was the old military trailer about the size of a pickup bed, completely full of $1 sockets. One reason I keep going to pawnshops is the Festool Domino 500, systainer full of Dominos and Festool c48 dust collectior, only used a few minutes, I snagged for less than 1k.

            • #11
              Went to HF today and picked up the blow nozzle with the rubber tip and a 1/4" quick release fitting. Down in the shop, I assembled the two and coupled the nozzle to my coiled hose. This evening, while I putting things away in preparation for cleansing the shop, I came across an old butter tub with a bunch of air fittings in it. No blow nozzle, but there were a couple of 1/4" quick release fittings in it. Pretty sure the old blow nozzle will turn up too.
              Jim Frye
              The Nut in the Cellar.
              ”Sawdust Is Man Glitter”

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