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Old 04-04-2013, 11:47 AM   #976
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I painted my tools red 40 years ago. They are still with me!
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:52 AM   #977
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I painted my tools red 40 years ago. They are still with me!
It really does work. Around the hangar we have 40 guys in there from time to time. If I find a tool with orange paint on it, I know its toms and bring it back to him. Just that simple!
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Old 04-07-2013, 06:37 AM   #978
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Actually, I have seen around common work area places guys who will paint all their tools with a swath of some obnoxious color like pink or orange. That way your friend doesnt put them back in HIS drawer after a repair. Keeps those high price tools both easily spotable AND well, who wants nasty painted tools so no one steals your good shit.
I was foreman in a cabinet shop years ago. It looked like the guys were spending way too much time looking to see if someone had one of their tools. I went to the lcal hardware store and bought one can of every color they had and told the guys to take a can and paint their tools, after they all got theirs the only color left for me was magenta . I've still got lots of tools this color and have to explain why, even after 18 years at my "new" job.

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Old 04-07-2013, 06:43 PM   #979
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Coloring your tools? Plasti-dip the handles.

$6 at home depot.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:49 PM   #980
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painted tools?

Knew a bike mechanic that did this because people kept borrowing them. He stopped that.
Painted them on top if his lift table too.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:45 AM   #981
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Side panel bolt retainers

To keep from chasing/losing the side panel bolts I put faucet washers on the bolts to keep them from falling out of the panel.







No need to tap it,just hold the washer with pliers and screw the bolt into it.





Stop turning the bolt when the washer is at the surface of the plastic.





The friction on the threads holds the washer to the bolt. The washer stays with the bolt and spins as the bolt is removed. I haven't had to chase a bolt since I put the washers on.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:49 AM   #982
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2 gal laundry detergent bottles make great oil recycling jugs: the ones with EXTERNAL threads on the cap, and REMOVABLE pour spout.

Grab the pour spout with a pair of pliers and rip it out. then you have a nice wide mouth to pour oil in -- don't need a funnel -- and a good tight seal with the cap screwed on.

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Old 04-08-2013, 05:43 AM   #983
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To keep from chasing/losing the side panel bolts I put faucet washers on the bolts to keep them from falling out of the panel.
No need to tap it,just hold the washer with pliers and screw the bolt into it.
Stop turning the bolt when the washer is at the surface of the plastic.





The friction on the threads holds the washer to the bolt. The washer stays with the bolt and spins as the bolt is removed. I haven't had to chase a bolt since I put the washers on.
No spacing issues with that? What kind of bike?

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Old 04-08-2013, 06:44 AM   #984
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If you lend tools to friends keep a log. You'd be surprised what you can forget. You may forget you borrowed something from some one too.

A friend's neighbor offered the use of an electric generator. After using it my friend returned it clean, full of gas and oil, ready to go. Another neighbor borrowed it and returned it empty, dirty and afu.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:35 AM   #985
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No spacing issues with that? What kind of bike?

Jim
No clearance issues on my bikes, a KLR and a DR(both with pannier racks).

The washers are just under 1/8" thick for reference to see if it will or won't work on other bikes.
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Old 04-08-2013, 08:36 AM   #986
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No clearance issues on my bikes, a KLR and a DR(both with pannier racks).

The washers are just under 1/8" thick for reference to see if it will or won't work on other bikes.


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Old 04-08-2013, 09:34 AM   #987
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McMaster Carr sells self retaining washers.
http://www.mcmaster.com/#self-retaining-washers/=m8euub

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Old 04-08-2013, 11:55 AM   #988
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might just try to make something like those washers out of old bleach bottles
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Old 04-08-2013, 02:06 PM   #989
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might just try to make something like those washers out of old bleach bottles


We have a winner for biggest cheapskate of this entire thread.



Sorry, couldn't resist.
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Old 04-08-2013, 03:13 PM   #990
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might just try to make something like those washers out of old bleach bottles
0obviously you ride a klr.

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