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Old 03-13-2019, 11:44 AM   #1
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A tool question to ponder


I am sure that most of you have heard these questions from your spouses:

"Do you really need 4 or more 10mm wrenches? (open end, box end, combination and ratcheting)?"

"Why do you need 4-5 different drill drivers of various types? (Same Brand)"

"Why do you have different brands of battery powered tools?"

"Do you really need that new tool?" (I know, dumb question, of course I do)

So, the question I want to pose is:

How many tools are too many?

If you have job specific tool bags, does that justify have multiple similar tools?

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When you don't have enough space to store them or build a bigger shop
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If you have job specific tool bags, does that justify have multiple similar tools?
Too many multiple is a waste of money. Other multiples could be task specific. My electrical screwdrivers are only used for electrical work.

I have one bucket with organizer that you might call GP tools. They are handy for almost any thing I want to do. I can also accomplish some small specialty tasks with those tools.

Then I have other buckets, bags cases that are specialty tools. Iíll grab one or more of them depending on the tasks for the day.

Since the GP bucket is the first to go, I do not have to duplicate any tool in it.
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I'm a painter so most of my NECESSARY tools are rollers, brushes, ladders, etc. but for some reason, I'm loaded up with extras of of carpentry/home improvement tools. I think it is because i am not as skilled in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and I convince myself these tools are needed to attempt to do the job correctly. I do need to whittle them down at some point.
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I'm a painter so most of my NECESSARY tools are rollers, brushes, ladders, etc. but for some reason, I'm loaded up with extras of of carpentry/home improvement tools. I think it is because i am not as skilled in carpentry, electrical, plumbing and I convince myself these tools are needed to attempt to do the job correctly. I do need to whittle them down at some point.
Naw, don't whittle. If you get that urge grab a piece of sugar pine and a sharp pocket knife.
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I am sure that most of you have heard these questions from your spouses:

"Do you really need 4 or more 10mm wrenches? (open end, box end, combination and ratcheting)?"

"Why do you need 4-5 different drill drivers of various types? (Same Brand)"

"Why do you have different brands of battery powered tools?"

"Do you really need that new tool?" (I know, dumb question, of course I do)

So, the question I want to pose is:

How many tools are too many?

If you have job specific tool bags, does that justify have multiple similar tools?

Dan
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NEVER too many tools!
Been accumulating them for, a lifetime and I am past 74. If I had money available I would be buying some BIG Ticket items such as milling machine , rotary table, specialized cutters, etc.
Shop time is all I have left to do. Still working on building a ring roller for a friend, Made one for myself and he wanted one similar. Keeps me going and mostly out of trouble.

Wife quit asking me about tools years ago as whatever broke or malfunctioned around house, I usually could fix.


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I am sure that most of you have heard these questions from your spouses:

"Do you really need 4 or more 10mm wrenches? (open end, box end, combination and ratcheting)?"

"Why do you need 4-5 different drill drivers of various types? (Same Brand)"

"Why do you have different brands of battery powered tools?"

"Do you really need that new tool?"

You stop her right there and open up either/or the wrinkle cream drawer, or the shoe closet!
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Just go thru the honey do list and point out the ones that you don't have tools for.
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My wife would never ask such a question. Not only would she never get another ear ring fixed, a Christmas decoration repaired or a toilet unstopped. To ask such a question would be justification for commitment to a nursing home for senility. My tools and I have a commitment "Until death do us part"
Not only that, I need three of everything so I can find one.
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Haven't had anyone ask anything like that in 10 years since the divorce.
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I guess I am the odd ball, I have too many tools. I have tools I will never use again. Seaming routers, flooring guns, electric door plane, 48 inch horizontal sander and a bunch more. I am even selling my 3 hp 220 Unisaw. My wife just this week bought me a Dewalt 7491RS DWE table saw because I am downsizing big time.

I have 12 routers and maybe more, but right off the top of my head that is all I can remember. At 75, I will never swing my 12 pound sledge again either. I have C clamps coming out my ears. It take 64 clamps to build a curved stair rail and I have more than that. I don't need all the Jorgensen cabinet clamps I have. I have two 6 foot and about twenty others of different sizes.

I just have way more than I need. If I don't sell them soon they will be so outdated no one will want them. I even have a 1949 Stanley router, still works perfectly. I want to downsize to mostly hand tools and do the things I want to do. I will never build another house either.
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Ayuh,...... I D o n' t k n o w ,........

If I ever get there,...... I'll let ya's know,......

I've got a 4 ton toolbox disguised as a pickup, several big toolboxes in my garage, 'n several more big toolboxes at the shop, all packed full of mechanic tools,.....

Then there's my concrete tools, carpenter tools, plumber tools, electrician tools, hvac tools, loggin' tools, weldin' equipment, fiberglassin' tools, yard tools, 'n oodles of tools I've forgotten about,.....
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