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Old 04-02-2017, 07:20 PM   #1
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Best Misused Boat Tool

We all have used boat tools for unintended purposes...like using a screwdriver to pry open a bottle top. Once you try it and find it works, it gets filed away as a useful 2nd purpose for that object. Maybe it even becomes its primary use.

Sometimes it's boat components that get misused. Dswizzler told me about the rail on his Gibson houseboat that was open at the bottom and worked perfectly as a bottle opener....anywhere around the perimeter of his boat! Genius!

That happened to me with my laser pointer thermometer. I'm supposed to use it to monitor engine and water temps and I do use it for that sometimes. But more often than not, the tool is being used to find the very coldest beer in the fridge.

I like it so much, I even bought one for home!

What's your favorite misuse for a boat tool or a boat part??
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We all have used boat tools for unintended purposes...like using a screwdriver to pry open a bottle top. Once you try it and find it works, it gets filed away as a useful 2nd purpose for that object. Maybe it even becomes its primary use.

Sometimes its boat components that get misused. Dswizzler told me about the rail on his Gibson houseboat that was open at the bottom and worked perfectly as a bottle opener....anywhere around the perimeter of his boat! Genius!

That happened to me with my laser pointer thermometer. I'm supposed to use it to monitor engine and water temps and I do use it for that sometimes. But more often than not, the tool is being used to find the very coldest beer in the fridge.

I like it so much, I even bought one for home!

What's your favorite misuse for a boat tool or a boat part??
Do you also own an electric razor company? On the other hand, releasable wire tires work great for supporting shore power cords.
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Old 04-02-2017, 07:56 PM   #3
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A small wooden wire brush that comes 3 for a dollar works great for prying up Trojan 6V 1-piece battery caps. No splatter.
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Stainless steel screw , Phillip's head screw driver and a pair of channel locks to pull that wine cork when you can't find that corkscrew. Done it a bunch .
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We all have used boat tools for unintended purposes...like using a screwdriver to pry open a bottle top. Once you try it and find it works, it gets filed away as a useful 2nd purpose for that object. Maybe it even becomes its primary use.

Sometimes its boat components that get misused. Dswizzler told me about the rail on his Gibson houseboat that was open at the bottom and worked perfectly as a bottle opener....anywhere around the perimeter of his boat! Genius!
In the immortal words of Sebastian the crab, "I'm surrounded by amateurs ". Dude, Klein makes a tool for the professional, don't be an amateur!

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My large vise grips make the very best pecan opener you will ever use. Set it once and crack away. I never crush them anymore.
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Old 04-03-2017, 07:36 AM   #9
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Ms. D. Would that be a mallet or a Merlot? I think either would work in some cases...Just sayin'...
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Well there's abuse and there's abuse. I've modified tools to do my bidding many times over the years. Mostly, I make jigs to allow the tool to do something else. But sometimes I simply modify the tool.

Wrenches are often too long or too bulky to do the job. Two of those pictured were sacrificed so that a cheater could be used; a long pipe slipped onto the end.

The second from the left has a dual purpose: the upper end has had pins inserted to work as a spanner to remove the filter from a 70's Volvo overdrive; the lower end has been ground thinner to get into the narrow gap between the overdrive and the actuating solenoid.

The third from the left has had the box end cut open (to pass the cable) and the handle shortened to allow the new tool to adjust the clutch cable on a '72 Volvo.

The screwdriver has been ground many times to sharpen the tip to fit screws better and has once been ground into a wood chisel and then returned to screwdriver-tude.

The small cold chisel has been ground to form a different sort of chisel, probably to cut bolts or rivets in unhandy places.

The C clamps were cut to make replacements for the cheesy threaded things intended to retain the table top extensions and fence in place on an early '70s Craftsman radial arm saw.
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In the immortal words of Sebastian the crab, "I'm surrounded by amateurs ". Dude, Klein makes a tool for the professional, don't be an amateur!
I have Klein tools........I really need one of these!
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Flathead screwdriver -> bottle opener
Flathead screwdriver -> oil filter wrench
Flathead screwdriver -> mini prybar

Now if I could just figure out how to tighten and untighten those screw/bolt head with the single groove (I call them 'half-phillips' heads).
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Even though I have systematically hunted down and eliminated flat-head (slotted) screws from every aspect of my life, I still wouldn't leave the dock without a flat head screwdriver. They have a thousand uses for which they are not intended. Once you have liberated yourself from using them for driving actual screws, you're free to abuse them without guilt or worry.
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Old 04-03-2017, 11:07 AM   #18
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My biggest pet peeve is previous owners that have use pliers or vise grips on everything instead of using the proper wrench. My dad had a saying, "Pliers were never meant for nuts but it's often nuts that use them". My best tool modification is the little minnow net attached to a 1/2" wooden dowel about 4ft long. It is used regularly for all the "stuff" I drop waaaay down into my very narrow tapered keel/bilge. Saved my butt a few times.
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