I have always been curious to why a "Hickey" is called a "Hickey" [the ones for bending pipe, that is
] Is it shortened from "Do-Hickey" maybe?? Like when the lighting for Mines and streets went from Gas lamps to Electric lamps. Maybe someone made the first Hickey to bend pipe and a co-worker asked if they could use that "Do-Hickey"...
Another is " Go get a Jake 90" [for flex]. Who is Jake?
My Father showed me a Battleship when I was around age 10. I could see why it was called a Battleship, but how it was used did not make any sense - until I got to install a cut in box with Battleships to support it, as opposed to the typical "Tiger Grip" cut in box.
This thread is cool! I'll try to post a few others as they arrise. I know that there is probably 25 simple ones right in front of me, but only do the names become somewhat odd when someone not in the trade hears the name and asks "What the heck is it called that for??".