Stinky Screwdrivers ... any cure ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by ExTex, Nov 10, 2012.

  1. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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    Has anyone tried rubbing the handles with Hoppes #9?
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  2. ROAD DAMAGE

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    I've heard that if you can find some mountain lion urine (sold at some garden centers to repel deer from gardens and lawns) that if you dip the screwdriver handes in the urine, they'll smell much better.

    Always happy to help! :lol3

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  3. mitchapalooza

    mitchapalooza Rider is Air-cooled

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    Man, I really thought I was the only one experiencing the 'poo-driver' effect.

    The back story I made up at the shop makes sure the screw drivers stay mine...
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  4. Iwantabikesobad

    Iwantabikesobad Long timer

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    Maybe (Buddy) was too strong a word. It was a fellow I worked with years ago when we were construction tramps.
    I told him it was straight up stealing. Yes I agree that it only takes a few screw ups to wreck tool exchange programs.
    I also have a few screw drivers that caught the funk. They are no sears brand, I think they are Williams.
    Haven,t found a cure.
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  5. willis 2000

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    you da man
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  6. kruzuki

    kruzuki Gear in the Machine

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    To help your tools feel fresh all over, keep a pretty little satchet of pot-pourri in your toolbox.

    Wussies.
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  7. Dave in Wi

    Dave in Wi Long timer

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    I can't believe I'm going to go home and smell my screwdriver handles tonight. :-(

    So it's the plastic they are made with that smells. Is this the same stuff Cordura is made of? I had some old Cordura saddlebags & a tank bag that ended up smelling like dog poo. This must be why.
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  8. dirtrulz

    dirtrulz Been here awhile

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    If you use craftsman tools as a part of your job as a professional mechanic of some sort be careful telling them that. I have been turned down for warranty more than once when they found out I was a mechanic by trade. Some bs about how craftsman does not warranty their tools for professional daily use or some such thing.
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  9. sailah

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  10. concours

    concours WFO for 44 years

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    Soak it in cider.... :evil :1drink
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  11. P B G

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    Plasti-dip?
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  12. coppertop

    coppertop occasional meanderthal

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    I bought a set of snap-on screwdrivers back in the 80's. Black plastic handles. One of the set (of six or seven) started sweating an acrid fluid from the handle a few years ago. Funny that none of the others do it. Whatever it is, it will eats the paint in the bottom of the tool drawer. No obvious change in the surface texture or hardness of the handle, either.
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  13. hayasakiman

    hayasakiman Been here awhile

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    Now that is a major BS from Sears employee if yo ask me. I've never had any issue with exchanging them tools. I have a set of Craftsman screw drivers that says "Professional" on the handles.

    What would they do on them if I were there in your Sears?
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  14. WRW9751

    WRW9751 7th Day Adventurist

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    Sharpen them for ice picks. Or throw them away!!!! I live next door to a Mac Tool Truck, I have Snap, Mac, Craftsman. Snap are the Bomb! The rest are just that the Rest! You can remove a screw that the others have ruined. Don't be fooled if you go to a Mech/Tech that is using them go elsewhere! He's damaging more than he's fixing.
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  15. JustRon

    JustRon ex-broadwayron

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    This thread is interesting... my toolchest is in my bedroom* and when I open the screwdriver drawer, the whole damn room smells. Some of them are 20+ years old, and I always thought I was stuck with that smell. Didn't know there were options (although, I never bothered to research it- never even knew the plastic was the culprit).


    *Yes, in my bedroom. (And, I'm in my 40's and live with my gf.) But, it's a small NYC apt, and not much room for anything. I have other tools where I park my bikes.
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  16. mixxedupmedia

    mixxedupmedia Believes in mahogany

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    So that's what that smell is! I thought maybe the cat had pissed on my tools when I wasn't looking. Damn, never thought I would find the answer to that mystery. ADV rocks!
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  17. beemerphile

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  18. twinjet

    twinjet Been here awhile

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    That happened about 15 years a go to the Snap-on screwdrivers I bought in the 70's. By year 2000 the worst ones looked like burnt charcoal. I asked Snap-on about them and they replaced them with their 2012 equivalents (red and grey handles).
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  19. ExTex

    ExTex Been here awhile

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    Thank all of you for your ideas and humor. ... Well worth the $3.50 I paid for the tools & ammo box.

    I have the screwdrivers airing out in my wife's scooter garage... fortunately her ability to smell is weak.

    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving,
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  20. FixerDave

    FixerDave KLR650 - XR200R

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    never tried this... but just had one of those connections pop in the head while reading. Anyone try boiling them?

    I say this because I read, on these forums actually, about a guy who's father was a materials engineer or something or other and his father said most plastics can be restored to factory-fresh by a dip in boiling water. Never tried it... just one of those data points I filed away.

    No idea if it would stop smell from something that smells as factory-fresh... though my new Craftsman drivers don't seem to smell that I can recall. I've had a few other older tools with that smell, but nothing recent. I do have an old Xcelite at work that does smell. Maybe I'll take it home and give it the boil treatment this weekend to see what happens. Yeah, just run up a pot on the hotplate in the shop and try a few items... see what kind of soup I can make.

    David...
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