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Old 01-08-2019, 01:00 PM   #16
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Regarding your wife's jars, I'm pretty sure the jar is considered to be part of the gift. So, they may not know that she expects it back.


https://www.thekitchn.com/do-you-return-jam-jars-174351

It's all academic at this point, as she has pretty much minimized her amount of canning and canned gift-giving... the cost of the jars and shipping costs for long distance folks make it very much not worth the effort any more. Only the rare few locals get any of it at this point.
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Old 01-16-2019, 04:35 AM   #17
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The worst tool "borrower" is my wife. I bought her her own tool kit and she still comes looking for my screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc. And she'll never recharge a battery, or clean any of the ones she "borrowed". She's famous for yelling at me for having a messy work bench tho. I think that's because she can't find the tool she needs and figures it's buried underneath my current projects.
One thing I did convince her to do is to use a real paint can opener (instead of my screwdrivers) all I had to do was buy 20, or so, of them. Now they're _everywhere_ and she can't ***** so much.
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The worst tool "borrower" is my wife. I bought her her own tool kit and she still comes looking for my screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, etc. And she'll never recharge a battery, or clean any of the ones she "borrowed". She's famous for yelling at me for having a messy work bench tho. I think that's because she can't find the tool she needs and figures it's buried underneath my current projects.
One thing I did convince her to do is to use a real paint can opener (instead of my screwdrivers) all I had to do was buy 20, or so, of them. Now they're _everywhere_ and she can't ***** so much.
I'm guilty of this one. It's my husband's own fault; he buys me craftsman or husky and expects me not to play with his snap-on's ~snorts~ Why would I mess around with a normal wrench when I can grab the spinner ones he has and get done in half the time?

I will however take the blame for straight-up stealing his 12v dewalt screw gun, I love that thing!
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I'm guilty of this one. It's my husband's own fault; he buys me craftsman or husky and expects me not to play with his snap-on's ~snorts~ Why would I mess around with a normal wrench when I can grab the spinner ones he has and get done in half the time?

I will however take the blame for straight-up stealing his 12v dewalt screw gun, I love that thing!
That cracked me up.
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I'm guilty of this one. It's my husband's own fault; he buys me craftsman or husky and expects me not to play with his snap-on's ~snorts~ Why would I mess around with a normal wrench when I can grab the spinner ones he has and get done in half the time?

I will however take the blame for straight-up stealing his 12v dewalt screw gun, I love that thing!
I would not knock Craftsman tools. I have an extensive socket set, 3-ton jack and jack stands all made by Craftsman. They are all almost 20-years old, used frequently and still work perfectly. Their electic tools on the other hand are cheaply made and not worth the cost.

Husky is also not bad. While probably not as robust as Snap-On, Matco or even Craftsman, it works just fine for the occassional DIYer or someone on a budget.
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I would not knock Craftsman tools. I have an extensive socket set, 3-ton jack and jack stands all made by Craftsman. They are all almost 20-years old, used frequently and still work perfectly. Their electic tools on the other hand are cheaply made and not worth the cost.

Husky is also not bad. While probably not as robust as Snap-On, Matco or even Craftsman, it works just fine for the occassional DIYer or someone on a budget.

Yeah I wasn't knocking Craftsman/Husky per say, but Snap-on's 'feel' better to use, more efficient, better weighted and balanced, etc. They've put a lot more thought into the design of the tools, vs craftsman/husky trend more toward bare minimum... "styling."


I don't use anything but Dewalt as far as battery power tools. It's not just that I'm obsessed with the high quality plastic black and yellow boxes either :P I do have B&D sanders (mouse and belt), also love my dremel as well.
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I agree that some tools "feel" better than others (and I've left Craftsman behind 20+ years ago) especially when your hand slips and OW!
However SnapOn et all don't feel all that better when I was looking at the prices. OW again.
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I agree that some tools "feel" better than others (and I've left Craftsman behind 20+ years ago) especially when your hand slips and OW!
However SnapOn et all don't feel all that better when I was looking at the prices. OW again.

You just gotta look at the long term use comfort and effectiveness vs cost analysis is all. Our Snap-on guy comes to the house out in the boonies to replace our stuff. All in all it's well worth the up-front costs IMO.
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Different take on the same principle... my wife does tons of canning and spent many years giving away jars of jams and butters, only to find that perhaps 1 out of every ten people ever returned the jars. My advice to folks who received her goodies was this... "Returning the jar is your "ticket" to a repeat gift".

As for my tools... they don't go anywhere without me.
I return those jars with a note attached that reads:


EXCELLENT, refill please.
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My wife makes an apple cake that the kids really like. One yr I bought her a new cake pan for Christmas. While everyone was at the house opening presents on Christmas eve I noticed someone else got her cake pan ..... well not exactly, it was one of her old pans cleaned up with a note inside that said 'more apple cake please'
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Years ago my neighbor used to make homemade Peanut Brittle, I received a Gallon jar every year filled with it, with a label stating

"Ed's Private Stock."

She was an older lady, that I had semi-adopted as an Aunt, and was always doing things for her that she was unable to, so I returned the jar many times for refills.

of course she was 40+ years my senior, and passed some time ago, from cancer.

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Just saw this thread guys n gals.

In my last 10 yrs working, I made all my employees supply all their hand held tools, including circular, recip, multi. If they fried a motor, I fixed it, or bought them a new one. I supplied the blades. Had a section in the trailer just for blades. Before that, I supplied everything, but got tired of putting new cords, feet, guard locks, buying new, etc. It's amazing how well an employee takes care of his own tools. They never get wet, never get lowered down a floor by the cord, dropped on the driveway slab, thrown in the trailer, you get the idea. Recip blades became a problem, so I had a meeting on how to properly use the tool, and that got better.

The biggest problem was my son dropping by to "borrow" a tool, even when I easn't home.

I finally bought a stand up Milwaukee tool box from HD at sale time, NO MORE TOOLS DISAPPEARED !!!!!!! Has a great lock.



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My dad gave me a new in box DeWalt miter saw when he moved to his apartment. I already had a cheap Ryobi with roughly the same features so I didnít open it. Lent the Ryobi to my BIL who returned it a year and a half later. BIL asks me to borrow it again so I just give him the DeWalt. Dad borrows the Ryobi and breaks the plastic guard off. They donít make the guard anymore.

Now I donít have a chop saw.
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First, should have kept the Dewalt for yourself. And used the Ryobi for the lender.
Second, there is nothing wrong with saying "hey Bil, I need my saw back, I have a project coming up." Why put yourself out because he is too cheep to go buy his own!

Regarding the Ryobi, check ebay for used identical to be used for parts.


If bil doesn't want to give you back the saw, barrow it for a year and half as he once did. And never lend him anything again.
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