the usual situation with finding tools around here

The usual situation with finding tools around here…..

A million flat blade screwdrivers, but NOT A SINGLE FREAKIN' PHILLIPS. Things like this can cause a person to fly into a rage. :yikes:

I think this is a universal home tool situation the world over. The tool you need will NOT be found. :p

Now I have to run out just to get a long-handle Phillips-head screwdriver. Once I get it home, probably a dozen will turn up out of nowhere.

Below: kind of pretty, aren't they? BUT THEY ARE WRONG AND THEY ALL SUCK! :jester:

17 responses to “the usual situation with finding tools around here

  1. looks like my tools :up:

  2. You got some nice ancient tools there. I see one that could come out of my late Grandpa's toolbox. The one with the black handle 😆 But no cross head 😀 indeed.Did't know about Henry, good info :up:

  3. I have a Phillips. 🙂

  4. Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    But no cross head

    I don't know what they are called in other places, but around here you can say "hand me a Phillips" and everybody knows what you mean. I always thought it was a little strange.Originally posted by JoshuaPhelps:

    I have a Phillips. 🙂

    When I was needing that danged screwdriver yesterday, I was thinking that the Apollo astronauts probably left a Phillips on the surface of the moon somewhere, but I'll never get at it there. Either that, or they needed one and Mission Control forgot to pack it.

  5. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    I don't know what they are called in other places

    In dutch: "Kruiskop Schroevendraaier" 😀

  6. Originally posted by JanndeSmit:

    In dutch: "Kruiskop Schroevendraaier"

    Wow! Google nails that one perfectly translating it back to English, though if I shorten it to "Kruiskop Schroeven", it says "Crosshead Screws." It's always amazing how language works, even when using a computer translator.

  7. In Canada you would also need a Robertson. We prefer the Robertson to the Phillips, due to the cam-out action inherent in the Phillips which strips the heads.

  8. Originally posted by slackwrdave:

    "Crosshead Screws."

    😆 Funny language, dutch. Isn't it? 🙄

  9. Originally posted by BryanCox:

    In Canada you would also need a Robertson.

    I have one of those! Just one. I had no idea what to call it aside from that "strange square one." Yeah, the Felipe (Phillips) head is strip-y.I was once backing a tiny screw out of a carburetor on a Triumph I had when I was a young'un. I dropped the danged screw right down into the intake manifold and there was no way to get it back out. I hoped that the engine would somehow just suck it through, which it probably did. I think it scored one of the cylinder walls, which caused oil loss and eventual head gasket, piston ring, and valve issues. That turned out to be some expensive home repair.The good thing was that it was a straight-6 engine with the valve cover right at the top, so I could actually get the head off all by myself. Just call me butch mechanic. 😀 Now I'm lucky if I can get to the oil filter on these newer ones.

  10. Hey Ulrich! Nice to meet you….and thanks. 🙂

  11. Wow, one of a few people who I have met who actually calls the screwdriver by its real name – Phillips and not something like "Hand me a star-point screwdriver" :DEnjoying your blog so far, awesome stuff!

  12. I still have one of those TR6s. Of course the engine is in my garage and the rest of the car is in someone elses.

  13. Having a dad who works with these things all day since I can remember they all look familiar to me 🙂

  14. Strange… But I have Phillips too. Not one but a range of sizes :devil:

  15. Originally posted by BryanCox:

    I still have one of those TR6s. Of course the engine is in my garage and the rest of the car is in someone elses.

    Wow! They were great roadsters though mine usually rode behind tow trucks. My dad always said that if it were Italian, it would be even worse, lol. Who knows.I found a few tiny money-saving tricks for the TR6. The fuel filter was exactly the same as one made by Chrysler, cheap! I got a canister oil filter adapter that let me start using GM spin-on filters on it. After the factory Lucas alternator went out for the 4th time, a mechanic cut me a new bracket and put a Chevy alternator on it. No further problems. English roadster purists would frown on American parts conversions, but I had little money to buy English parts.I twisted an axle one time. I had to wait 3 weeks for a replacement from England. Those were the days.

  16. In my case, it's normally the other way around!

  17. I have bought the spin on filter kit. Good tip on the alternator. I did that for my boat, and it may happen on the TR6, if I ever get it back on the road.

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