|Ship-shape and Bristol fashion!
||[Feb. 10th, 2017|03:34 pm]
I had to replace the rear window wiper arm on my wife's Outback. Two weeks ago she was coming back from the observatory and the snow was more icy and the arm broke when she went to clear it. We picked it up Tuesday from the dealership in El Paso (and found an awesome Chinese restaurant afterwards! Over 70 reviews on Yelp and 4.5 stars!), and she's working this weekend, and it's supposed to snow this weekend, so had to get it done.|
I think I spent more time searching for the right socket than doing the actual replacement. I've had this particular socket set for probably over 30 years, and I quite like it. I have box wrenches in the top along with a screw driver kit and what used to be a set of pliers and cutters, though those seem to have evaporated over time. I know where a couple are, I'll have to restore them. I'm kind of surprised that over the years, the only casualty seems to be a single 7mm socket. Things were horribly disorganized when I opened it for today's repair: English sockets mixed with Metric, quarter inch drive sockets mixed with 3/8th, etc. I ended up bringing it inside and putting it on the couch so I could comfortably make sure everything was in its proper place.
I have lots of other tool sets, this is my main socket set. A plastic lid, seen partially on the right, snaps in to the top to keep the sockets in place when it's sealed up. It has one serious design flaw -- it really needs a sheet of quarter inch thick foam on top of the sockets to keep them in place when closed. Wouldn't need to be much, but I have no idea where to find such. I wonder if a fabric store would have such. I'll have to check one when I'm in Phoenix next week, assuming that I think of it.
Maybe an office supply store or a crafts store would have foam project board?
I finally bought a new set of sockets and wrenches last year, from Home Depot (Husky brand). Much as I love Craftsman I got mad at Sears and won't shop there anymore. My old wrenches are in a toolbox that resembles the kitchen junk drawer- a jumble. Now I have an organized set again ;o)
I've never liked the feel of Husky tools, I'm not sure why, probably because I grew up with Craftsman. I don't buy a lot of tools here at the moment, and we only have three places for doing such: Home Depot, Lowe's, and a very small Sears store. I recently needed a tiny 5mm socket for removing the mounting bracket from a HDMI video card, and not only did the Sears store not have it, they would have wanted around $10 for it. Went to HD and they had a Husky for $4 or less, and it was mounted on a nice thick plastic piece to allow it to be hanged on display. I left said piece of plastic and used that as my screw driver, rather than pulling out a socket wrench. I knew I had a wrench for it, but I wanted a dedicated socket for my tool kit.
Two things in my set that I don't think I'll ever use again: a spark plug socket and a plug gapper. New car spark plugs are pretty much good for the life of the car nowadays. And on Subarus with those horizontally-opposed engines, they are a royal PITA to get at!
I grew up with Craftsman tools, as did my dad: my grandfather, his dad, must have liked them when they were introduced as I have some of those as well as his fairly old belt driven table saw. *sigh* Sears ticked me off over credit card payments. I was struggling to pay them and they just kept hounding me so I vowed to quit going to Sears after the card was paid in full. I've been back once since, to get some solenoids for my Whirlpool dryer on a Sunday.
But I love their tools. My set is from the sixties, as is the rusty toolbox that houses it. I had occasion to use my plug wrench and gapper this past Spring when tuning up my (Craftsman) lawn tractor ;o) The parts, though, were bought through Amazon.
Our local Ace Hardware carries Craftsman items now.
Wow. That picture brought back some memories of working at Sears in the 80s. I actually remember that set (and still lament not shelling out the $ to get it back then). That ratchet design was probably the best one ever made under the Craftsman name. They were tough and easily repaired.
It makes me a little sad that Sears sold off the Craftsman Brand.
Edited at 2017-02-14 03:32 pm (UTC)
I sold cameras and audio equipment about a mile from the biggest mall in Phoenix and spent a lot of time at said mall. The store I was at is long gone, and the mall is a pale shadow of its former self, as seemingly are most malls these days. I spent a lot of time looking at and occasionally buying tools at Sears.
These days I either have to carefully plan 'work' needs for when I visit my parents in Phoenix or I have to do without. I don't have a shop here and don't really have the space or means to set one up. I was hoping the Maker Space in El Paso might have some wood-working equipment like table saws and such, no such luck. Like right now, I need to cut 2" off two boards on my computer desk to be able to set my 27" iMac on to the proper shelf -- said desk was designed for 17" CRT monitors. So I'm taking one or both of the boards with me to Phoenix tomorrow. I could theoretically rig some clamps on the 4x4 beams holding up our covered parking and use my circular saw, but it's 24 degrees outside and I am not so inclined.