I lose more device screws than anyone on the planet. I excel at this in both speed and quantity. I drop them down heating registers, into my clothes, into piles of sawdust, crawlspaces. I haven't swallowed one yet, but it's a matter of time. Sometimes I just put them down and 1 second later they're gone.
I'm adding a new Murphy's law for this. The more unique the fastener, the more likely it will get lost.
The pieces that I collect whenever I find them are the cap screws off wall fixtures. They are apparently a different thread, not a 6 or 8. I was installing a light on the front of a boat house. I dropped the cap in the lake. I have replacements now. Never again.
I had tools stolen a few months back. So when I looked in my truck the other day and realized my fluke meter, amp meter and wiggy were missing, I was disgusted thinking I had been hit again. Two days later I found my wiggy in the front seat under a book, my amp meter I had left at home and my fluke I had left at ace hardware when I wire the propane pump. No thievery, only incompetince on my part. I felt stupid but glad to have my tools back. I also apologize to all the honest people who walked by the truck who I looked at with suspicion.
A lot of my tools have secret legs. This property of tools to go walkies has uncannily coincided with me getting older. This strange phenomenon has also affected my spectacles. I solved it by buying cheap glasses on t'internet. Now, I have up to 48 pairs wandering about al fresco making a pair easy to find. You just lassoo a pair from the herd as it stampedes past, heading for some remote corner of the county. Yeeehaaarrr!
I often called our family apartment a black hole... all kinds of stuff can disappear here. Like we have around 6 of those folding metal desk lamps (funnel shaped metal shade on a long folding arm with 3 joints and springs to keep it balanced) but only 2 or 3 of the "feet" needed to clamp them to the desk.
Hey this really is a feel good thread, I do all of these things and it is reassuring to know I am not the ony one...
I actually have been cleaning up after a job, had tools and garbage in hand, and tossed the whole works into the trashcan! At least before I left the job I had the sense to look in the trash for my “missing tools”.