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Ben
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Posted on another forum some custom tools and stuff I made up over the years and thought some of you folks might like.

Oiler for anything. Made it for automotive (I'm a gear head from way back). This can dispense the whole bottle to a tiny, tiny droplet. Bottle is about $5 bucks and usually comes filled with rust buster for nut/bolts.


I have tons of nails, screws, etc that come in different sized containers, so tough to stack/store/etc. I transfer them into old milk jugs cut open and labeled. Whenever I have to do something, I just grab whatever and toss them into the truck. The don't last long, but a new jug will be in the next trash cycle.

Built a shed in the side. San Mateo building permit not needed if under 110 sq/ft, so mine is 109.x sq/ft. Always need more space, and the stuff normally buried, is now on the shed door. Drill a 1/4" hole in the handles and everything hangs ready to go.

All of my extension cords have been modified with a 4 socket, GFI protected box. The 2nd socket is wired to the GFI's secondary, so it's also GFI protected.

All of my vehicles have the $19 buck Maglit flashlite from Costco. If ever really need it and not enough hands to hold....I've added a wrist strap with a belt hook at the end. Also holds the thing to your wrist no matter and helps when needing to "swing" it....

Just a few things and wonder if anyone has other ideas

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No offense but the wares you are shucking have nothing to do with Eichler or post-modern design, home maintenance, improvement, etc.

EBay or Craiglist are probably more appropriate.

Ben
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vonkodi wrote:
No offense but the wares you are shucking have nothing to do with Eichler or post-modern design, home maintenance, improvement, etc.

EBay or Craiglist are probably more appropriate.
I'm not selling anything, nor offering services to make anything.

These are all DIY stuff.

Thought these things fit in the "home maintenance" and "improvement" area...

The automotive, computer, house, etc forums I visit have OT (off topic) threads and these types of things come up. Especially liked it when someone was describing his desire/need for an oiler just like mine, but couldn't find anything for sale.

Showed him the picture and he's now made several for himself and gives them away to buddies.

Come on, an empty milk jug from the recyling bin that has been cut open with some magic marker labeling for sale???? Man if I can find folks who would pay for that, I'd be rich after selling them some beach front property in Nevada!!!!

The flash light strap is from a freebie at a jazz concert over in Concord. Think they were water bottle holders. Since freebie and good nylon strap, took a handful for just this type of DIY (didn't know exactly what, but good for my "store room" that sweetic calls my junk pile). The plastic hook is from a sewing/hobby store and think about $0.49 each.

The nails on the shed door must have cost me around a buck and the time to drill out all of those handles must have taken me about an hour (most of that was sanding down the splinters).

The most money spent on these was for the extension cord GFI. Those things cost around $15 bucks just for the socket.

Boy am I glad I didn't post the automotive DIY stuff.... :)

Ben
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Even though this gate had a cross support, it sagged.

Fix was to use an aluminum 1/8"x1" bar stock, eye bolt and turn buckle with an eye bolt at one end.

Drill a hole in each corner and bolt it to the eye bolts.

Liked this better than what I had been using before, which was guy wire with a turn buckle.

Joined: Mar 2 2004

I really enjoy Ben's posts. Someday he can tell us how he knows so much. One recommendation re. tools etc. The new LED flashlights have rendered the old bulb type very obsolete. Batteries last many hours and the LEDs are supposed to last ten thousand hours. My favorite device is the little light that straps around your head....and by-the-way I am not 'shucking' these lights. You'll have to purchase one at a store.

Ben
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Belt clip pouch from Redwood Trading post, think they are "Ripoffs". LED flash lite on a reel & velcroed to the pouch, pen, sharpie, PalmV with armored case, cell phone, note pad (real paper) and cell hands free head set all in this pouch.

This LED lite has a battery self life of 10 years and can keep that LED lit over 12 hours continous. When I was still working (got laid off) at Sun, we had an open house for one of my groups and bought a bunch of these LED flash lites as "give aways".

Glad you enjoy them. Nothing to it, just live long enough and keep the old noodle's grey matter well oiled.

PS....here's my drill/screw gun with handy pouch holding extra bits, extension with magnet and even has a small socket set in that pouch. Mad as heck after finding that someone walked off with my old. Had just left it out front putting in a new garden hose holder.

Went inside to get something and was only gone a few minutes. Gone!!!

Felt better after going over to Orchard and found that that they don't carry any more 9.6V anything, but new higher voltage stuff. Felt better because noticed that they still had a brand new demo chained to the display. Made the tool corrall manager an offer and didn't want any warranty, case, recharger, etc. He sold this brand new drill/screw gun for $15 bucks!!!!!

Very happy camper! Newer than mine, has clutch and uses the same battery system I've invested in.

While at this, went downtown SM and at Red's bought a bunch of these pouches and made a few up for buddies and brother. Pouch has sleeve sewn on the side to hold the extension and pouch is tie wraped to the gun handle.

If anyone see's someone using an older Mikita gun like this that has "B.K.Toy" scratched on it...and the fella/gal isn't "me"....it's **MINE** and I give ya authorization to use force to remove it from their grubby hands... :)

PPS...those 3 D cell flash lites serve as defensive you know whats more than anything. Mainly for sweetie and my two daughters cars...

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Ben's postings of do-it-yourself inventions which have clouded up this board have inspired me!

As you may know, many states are requiring cell phone users to use a "hands free" adapter. I went to Circuit City and they wanted $65 for a headset with boom microphone for my cell phone. After reviewing Ben's DIY inventions, I came up with my own that I wanted to share with everyone.

These kits are compatible with any mobile phone and one size fits all. I paid $0.08 each for buying in quantity. I tried them out on Erickson, Motorola, & Nokia phones and they worked perfectly. A photo is attached. Take a look and let me know if you want one. (See photo below)

:wink: :wink:

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funny. Finally an idea worthy of a patent.

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