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#1 VintageIronCollector OFFLINE  

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Posted July 14, 2014 - 04:37 PM

We all know that there are ways that you can use tools to accomplish tasks that they aren't designed to do. Submit some of your most unconventional uses for tools here! This should be entertaining for all who read.


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 05:01 PM

I'm looking forward to this

Some of these I do everyday, others rarely.

Screwdrivers for punches
Chisels for screwdrivers.
Punches for both

If it has more mass or is harder than my fist, it's a hammer

A dime will make an open end wrench fit the next size down nut

A real hammer and big punch instead of a breaker bar and socket

Closed Needle nose as an expander for copper tubing or holes in tin
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Posted July 14, 2014 - 05:11 PM

This thread reminds me of red green explaining everything how anything can be used as a hammer! :D

 

Fast fast forward to the 7:25 minute mark

 


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 07:21 PM

If it breaks, it becomes something else, hammer heads into punches/wedges, worn out screwdrives into pin drives, worn out sockets into bushing/bearing drives along with extensions, also hand forged a lot of my own tools from raw stock, mainly using jack hammer bits S series tool steel and 2043 high carbon steel from axles, grader blades and such.

To name a few offhand :

 

Hammer needle nose pliers into a stuck cotter pin's hole then hammer on the pliers to remove from hole.

 

Back of house key as flat head screwdriver, also broken tip of knife.

 

1 '' or bigger open end wrench to remove handle grips.


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Posted July 14, 2014 - 08:13 PM

Interlock the box wrench and open end to make a cheater bar for that extra leverage. And wonder why the closed end breaks.


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:34 AM

Way too often, I use my socket wrenches for hammers, sockets are bearing drivers.  Screwdrivers are often prybars.  Right now, I have a long handled needle nose pliers in my tackle box, it is my go to for removing hooks from the meat threasher called a Northern Pike.  Bigger/longer combo wrenches are often prybars, sometimes hammers.  I believe in tool versatility.  The knifes I carry... rarely get used as knifes.  Got lots of broken knifes.  I even have a metal file that was ground down into a knife.


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 12:11 PM

I've used a garden rake to hunt gophers. Almost any tool will open a beer bottle one way or another.


Edited by rust addict, July 15, 2014 - 12:14 PM.

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Posted July 15, 2014 - 02:15 PM

Oh, almost forgot. Paddle bits for a tiny little flat blade screwdriver... you know, the pilot point on the end...
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Posted July 15, 2014 - 02:22 PM

I've used a garden rake to hunt gophers.

 

Could we have a diagram of how this is done???


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Posted July 15, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Could we have a diagram of how this is done???

Sure thing, this guy is working on just that. He is going thru the entire garden arsenal as we speak.

On pitchforks now, not much in the "q" category, expecting something on rakes at the end of next week

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Posted July 15, 2014 - 04:53 PM

Okay. I thought maybe he had a special way of getting their neck between the tines. He could get 11 of them on there before emptying.



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Posted July 16, 2014 - 06:15 PM

This is the best I can do. A mower works better(and no it is not harder to swing).haha

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Posted July 16, 2014 - 06:39 PM

Same as a hoe, I see!



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Posted July 18, 2014 - 10:37 PM

Well, a 3/8 socket extension makes an excellent drift.  Sockets and a vise work as an arbor press.  Galvanized fence posts make for an excellent cheater bar if you need something 8 feet long.  A circular saw and a chisel are good for making lap joints and dado cuts.  Beer cans make excellent shims.  Grinders can be used as a musical instrument.



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Posted July 18, 2014 - 10:59 PM

If you need a nut driver in your drill a 1/4" socket extension will get you using those sockets.

I once used my iPhone as a slide hammer a few times before I wised up and got a real hammer. Lol

Edited by wvbuzzmaster, July 18, 2014 - 11:00 PM.





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