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Use the Right Tools!. #149326
09/12/03 03:24 PM
09/12/03 03:24 PM
Trumpy  Offline
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Just a small question here.
How many times have you seen a worker using tools for a job that they were never designed for?.
A common on over here, is Electricians using a pair of pliers as a spanner, to loosen and tighten nuts and the pliers have the name as an Electrician's spanner over here.
Can you guys name any like-wise situations?. [Linked Image]

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Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149327
09/12/03 03:48 PM
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When I was an electrician I never carried a hammer. I got better at swinging my linesman's than the carpenter's did with their hammers! [Linked Image]


Ryan Jackson,
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Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149328
09/12/03 03:55 PM
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Ryan,
Yeah, I've seen that happen before!.
A new apprentice learnt the rule of "never lend out your tools", when he saw our Boss using HIS brand new Klien pliers to drive in a 4" nail, which I might add, he wasn't doing that very well either!. [Linked Image]

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149329
09/12/03 04:39 PM
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With a certain general contractor I used to work with, I saw it all the time!

He'd drill with wood bits into masonry, and vice versa, gouge out concrete with wood chisels, and use a hammer for just about everything else! [Linked Image]

I tended to guard my tools rather carefully on his jobs, especially after finding him using one of my large fully insulated Philips screwdrivers as a makeshift hole-borer. [Linked Image]

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149330
09/12/03 04:56 PM
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Paul,
That's one of my pet hates, seeing a guy using a screwdriver as a drill or a chisel!.
I was at a house fire a couple of years ago to pull the mains fuse and happened to turn around and here was one of the firemen using my hotstickto bash holes in the soffit of the house!.
I went and asked him what in Gods name he was doing with my stick and he said "Gotta let the smoke out some how!".
This wound me up even more!. [Linked Image]

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149331
09/12/03 10:17 PM
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Or your new (non "2000" series) Kliens as nail cutters?

How about a fish tape as a drain rodder?

Duct tape in lieu of electrical tape?

The ever popular sheet metal / self tapper as box cover or grounding screw?

Aluminium Roofing nails to secure boxes and straps?

Nails bent over to serve as straps?

Ohh, the list grows...

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149332
09/16/03 01:25 AM
09/16/03 01:25 AM
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Doug,
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Duct tape in lieu of electrical tape?

Isn't Duct tape conductive?.
I've seen a pair of vice-grips holding a Drop-out fuse in before today, with a 50A wire wrapped around it, BTW, this was not done by a Liney or a Faults worker!.
How it was done without a serious shock to the person, that done this, is way beyond me!. [Linked Image]

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149333
09/16/03 11:42 PM
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Most printed instructions I have read call for a screwdriver to knock out knockouts on boxes.

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149334
09/17/03 04:36 AM
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pauluk  Offline
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I've seen references to usingm a screwdriver for knockouts as well.

I have a small ball-pein hammer for that, the ball being just the right size to tap out the knockouts on British boxes.

Re: Use the Right Tools!. #149335
09/20/03 10:04 AM
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Paul,
I prefer to drill these out with a holesaw of 20-25 or 32mm diameter, just means that our cheap plastic enclosures don't split!. [Linked Image]

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