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#60212 - 12/25/05 01:59 PM Gifts for the Trade  
BigJohn  Offline
Joined: Mar 2004
Posts: 391
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! [Linked Image] [Linked Image]


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#60213 - 12/25/05 02:24 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
dougwells  Offline

Joined: May 2003
Posts: 1,141
kamloops BC Canada
Not really a tool but i got a Carhartt hoodie, and i just thought they made overalls [Linked Image]

#60214 - 12/25/05 02:51 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
macmikeman  Offline
Joined: Jul 2002
Posts: 717
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 03:00 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
Radar  Offline
Joined: Apr 2004
Posts: 349
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 . . . .


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#60216 - 12/25/05 03:10 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
RODALCO  Offline
Joined: Dec 2005
Posts: 854
Titirangi, Akld, New Zealand
Big John,

I share the photo's with you, how nice that they took some electrical piccies for you. [Linked Image]
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. [Linked Image]

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 [Linked Image]

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#60217 - 12/25/05 06:57 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
Fred  Offline
Joined: Apr 2001
Posts: 449
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 09:09 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
Attic Rat  Offline
Joined: Dec 2003
Posts: 524
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... [Linked Image] [Linked Image]

.."if it ain't fixed,don't break a Licensed Electrician"

#60219 - 12/25/05 09:54 PM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
skingusmc  Offline
Joined: May 2004
Posts: 116
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 - 12/26/05 12:01 AM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
DougW  Offline
Joined: Jun 2003
Posts: 1,143
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 - 12/26/05 12:48 AM Re: Gifts for the Trade  
Elviscat  Offline
Joined: Aug 2005
Posts: 214
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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