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#60212 - 12/25/05 10:59 AM Gifts for the Trade
BigJohn Offline

Registered: 03/06/04
Posts: 352
Loc: Boston, MA
It's that time of year again! What great tools did you get (or give) this year?

I got a pair of insulated Klein wire-strippers and a new phillips to replace my old, worn-out one--a small gift that I'm sure will make everything a lot easier.

As a funny aside: My mother and aunt took a trip to Mexico. I got a picture frame as a gift, and in it there were tons of vacation pictures they had taken for me of the horrible electrical work!


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#60213 - 12/25/05 11:24 AM Re: Gifts for the Trade
dougwells Offline


Registered: 05/03/03
Posts: 1228
Loc: kamloops BC Canada
Not really a tool but i got a Carhartt hoodie, and i just thought they made overalls

#60214 - 12/25/05 11:51 AM Re: Gifts for the Trade
macmikeman Offline

Registered: 07/16/02
Posts: 718
Loc: Honolulu, Hawaii
quote"As a funny aside: My mother and aunt took a trip to Mexico. I got a picture frame as a gift, and in it there were tons of vacation pictures they had taken for me of the horrible electrical work! "

I was on a IAEI convention/ trip once to San Diego, and went on a day trip with 7 or 8 of Honolulu's inspectors to Mexico. It was rather hillarious listening to the comments on the stuff we saw just about everywhere.

#60215 - 12/25/05 12:00 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
Radar Offline

Registered: 04/30/04
Posts: 349
Loc: Los Angeles, CA
On the "give" side, I thought about getting my wife a new table saw, 'cause we really need one. Thought better of it and settled on See's tho . . . .

There are 10 types of people. Those who know binary, and those who don't.

#60216 - 12/25/05 12:10 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade

Registered: 12/08/05
Posts: 865
Loc: Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Big John,

I share the photo's with you, how nice that they took some electrical piccies for you.
My wife usually complains about to many piccies taken while on holidays from cables, transformers and old meter panels so I haven't had an original present like that.

Tools of the trade,
For X-mas I got a nice variety of imported beers for after the job was done, great.
I like to buy my own tools because at least they will be good quality ones, I remember quite well, years and years ago i got a srewdriver set, not to bad quality but one day i was working on the car some petrol came on the plastic handle, guess waht happened
The product of rotation, excitation and flux produces electricty.

#60217 - 12/25/05 03:57 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
Fred Offline

Registered: 04/30/01
Posts: 461
Loc: Straughn, IN 47387
Not a Christmas gift but a recent purchase. Carlon dispenser for 250' coils of NM or MC cable. It comes with a bracket to hang it on a 2x4 stud and a bracket to set it on the floor. Either way I haven't been able to tangle the cable no matter which direction I'm pulling from. I had been using a Lazy Susan type reel dispenser I got from some company who advertised in CEE News 15 years ago. The Carlon works much better. Greenlee makes something very similar but the Carlon costs less than $50.00.

#60218 - 12/25/05 06:09 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
Attic Rat Offline

Registered: 12/14/03
Posts: 530
Loc: Bergen Co.,N.J. USA
... Gave my guy a Leatherman for Christmas,..he was happy,.. he got his bonus as well,.. Glad that's all over with...
.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#60219 - 12/25/05 06:54 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
skingusmc Offline

Registered: 05/27/04
Posts: 116
Loc: Simi Valley, CA USA
I got a "Chicago Electric Power Tools" 1" SDS Rotory Hammer (my step-daughter works at Horbor Freight).

I know this is not at Hilti or a Milwaukie, etc. but I hope it will do a few jobs at least.

I have a question about the "SDS" bits. Can an "SDS" drill use "SDS +" or SDS Max"?

I also received the complete works of "Calvin and Hobbes", I got the complete works of "Far Side" two years ago. Great stuff!

#60220 - 12/25/05 09:01 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
DougW Offline

Registered: 06/08/03
Posts: 1083
Loc: North Chicago, IL
The wife bought me the 50 packs of yellow, red, and tan wire nuts as stocking stuffers. In addition, she bought me a few strips of the yellow switch & receptacle spacers. Told her she should've bought the 1000 pack!

She also got the the Ideal 6-in-1/wire nut screwdriver & stripper gift pack. She also bought me a Black & decker parts organizer box.

We couldn't afford the metal version so this'll have to do.

Merry Xmas all!

#60221 - 12/25/05 09:48 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade
Elviscat Offline

Registered: 08/13/05
Posts: 214
Loc: Seattle Washington USA
me and my brother got my dad (whom I work for) a brand new Ideal 61-096 meter for Christmas

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