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Old 01-11-2011, 04:42 PM   #1
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.....to return the cordless tools and premium hand tools he borrowed.

My kid used to work for me in my HVAC biz. He became an electrical engineer, got married and bought a home.

So when he renovated it he "borrowed" my cordless tool collection.
He put a door wall in place of the kitchen window so of course he needed my five hp recip/ hammer drill to bust out the wall.

I got the recip hammer back but he refused to give back the cordless tools and the hand tools.

He said since i don't use them anymore I don't need them.

This breaks the main Man Law: don't steal Dad's stuff!!

I got doubles of and quadruples of everything but that is no reason to rip off the Old Man.

What's worse is my wife is backing my kids play!

What would you guys do?

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next birthday (if you still give gifts to your kids) or Christmas, give him a card and a note telling him you are giving the tools as his gift. Since this was a set, it would be up to you to give them all at once or each piece individually spread out over multiple birthdays or Christmases.

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I'd get paid back ten fold for that selfish answer---That kid would miss out on any and all moments of generosity from that day forth--

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I'd get paid back ten for for that selfish answer---That kid would miss out on any and all moments of generosity from that day fourth--
You just gave me an idea....he has a Lennox Whisper Heat furnace. He'll need the manual and my help for parts.
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When the time comes--sit in the driveway with the manual and parts and hand him a bill--
Tools and an apology or cash!
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.....to return the cordless tools and premium hand tools he borrowed.

My kid used to work for me in my HVAC biz. He became an electrical engineer, got married and bought a home.

So when he renovated it he "borrowed" my cordless tool collection.
He put a door wall in place of the kitchen window so of course he needed my five hp recip/ hammer drill to bust out the wall.

I got the recip hammer back but he refused to give back the cordless tools and the hand tools.

He said since i don't use them anymore I don't need them.

This breaks the main Man Law: don't steal Dad's stuff!!

I got doubles of and quadruples of everything but that is no reason to rip off the Old Man.

What's worse is my wife is backing my kids play!

What would you guys do?

WOW... I do believe that my old man would still knock my teeth out if I tried to pull that on him. I can hear him now... "you're not too old for a whoopin!"
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LOL i am " the tool guy" in my neighborhood. I loan out so much stuff I had to actually create a spreadsheet to keep track of who has what. When it get's to a certain point, I usually call them and say something like " are you done with my pipe extractors? A guy at work wants to borrow them tomorrow". Works everytime

I have good neighbors, and usually my tools get returned with a 12 pack as payment, so i really can't complain
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Nice of you--There are only a couple of people that I'd loan tools to.
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Haha I'm the one always lending my tools to my parents. No, scratch that "I need your drill" usually means "I want you to come over and install these curtain rods, and while you're here, change that plug, and add those light fixtures. Oh, and can you check the email, I don't think we're getting them all."
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Haha I'm the one always lending my tools to my parents. No, scratch that "I need your drill" usually means "I want you to come over and install these curtain rods, and while you're here, change that plug, and add those light fixtures. Oh, and can you check the email, I don't think we're getting them all."
Tell your folks the evil guys across the river in Detroit are stealing the emails.

The Feds have jailed more than half the politicians in that town. Pin it on the the email theft on the rest of the city crooks. LOL the feds are on a roll it just might stick.
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Haha I'm the one always lending my tools to my parents. No, scratch that "I need your drill" usually means "I want you to come over and install these curtain rods, and while you're here, change that plug, and add those light fixtures. Oh, and can you check the email, I don't think we're getting them all."
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Wow , Nap. A little harsh...
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LOL i am " the tool guy" in my neighborhood. I loan out so much stuff I had to actually create a spreadsheet to keep track of who has what. When it get's to a certain point, I usually call them and say something like " are you done with my pipe extractors? A guy at work wants to borrow them tomorrow". Works everytime

I have good neighbors, and usually my tools get returned with a 12 pack as payment, so i really can't complain
I've tried lending tools, movies, whatever, to people in the past and I've come to the conclusion that an extensive background check is needed in advance. Some kept them for months - even after me asking for them back several times. Any time I borrow someone else's property, I take exceptional care of it and I return it promptly. If I need it a little bit longer, I let them know. To me it's simply common courtesy and a sign of respect. It's a shame that some others don't see it that way.

On the other hand, people will come to me and ask me to fix things, which I'm always happy to do so. Just keep your hands off my stuff while you wait.
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I've tried lending tools, movies, whatever, to people in the past and I've come to the conclusion that an extensive background check is needed in advance.
I once saw a program you can download, that you can use to track loaned stuff ( books, money, tools, etc...). It had a feature where you entered a "due date" and it automaticaly emailed reminders to people once it hit that date, then sent subsequent reminders until you marked it returned. looked useful, but I've had pretty good luck with getting things back so no need for me to go that route.

I usually get my edger back with a full tank of gas, sawzall with a pack of leftover blades, and the last time I loaned out my chainsaw the guy that borrowed it put a new chain on it, and bought me a spare to boot! like i said, i have good neighbors.
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This thread has just made me decide to get some nice locking tool cabinets. I have no kids, but two on the way (yikes), and tools will likely be my key to keeping my sanity. I must protect them.

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