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 Post subject: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Tue 07, 2020 8:49 pm 
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I've lost my beloved long nosed pliers. This has happened before but I
always found them. This time it may be real ... I remember a "thump" than
may have been them falling in the garbage.

These were 50 years old and "thinner" all the way from the pivot to
the small tips, but the normal length. Otherwise they look like the thinnest
needle nose pliers at Harbor Freight or McMaster-Carr (or Amazon or ebay).

Does anybody know of a place to get thinner nosed long nosed pliers
that are still have about 2" noses? No, not the thinnest about two inch ones
that are readily available. The real problem is the thinness near the pivot.

If it were not for the Wuhan Coronavirus I could go to our student shop and
grind down a pair from Harbor Freight.

Doug McDonald

P.S. I'm half hoping that writing this will make the lost become found.

EDIT, 45 seconds after posting ... four days after the loss! This is not a joke!

ASK AND YE SHALL FIND ... literally 45 seconds after typing "loss!" I found them!
Actually there was a really really good reason this happened, which could not
have happened until right now. That is, the sun came out today. Right now it started
shining in the window (beside the bear I recently pictured in Communications radios forum).
There was a light reflection ... that was the pliers, beneath a TV set on my shelves.

Oh happy day!


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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Tue 07, 2020 9:02 pm 
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"What to do during trying times....."
Many years ago I had (with a partner) a shade-tree motorcycle repair shop. It was a one-car garage built over a creek. The floor was 2x6s with gaps of roughly 1/4 to 1/2 inch between them.

You can probably figure out the rest of the story........;)

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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Tue 07, 2020 9:18 pm 
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I have the same feeling about some of my hand tools. They are like old friends. Some tools I have known longer than certain immediate family members.

So when you lose them, its a loss. :(

And if you are fortunate enough to find them, it's just like opening presents on Christmas morning when you were a kid. :D

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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Tue 07, 2020 10:51 pm 
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I had a nice pair of Xcellite 6" needle nose, old stock but like new and I'll be damned if I can find them. Wouldn't bother me so much but you can not just go out and buy a USA made tool like that now.


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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Wed 08, 2020 2:13 am 
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I have some almost vintage Craftsman # 45172 long narrow needle nose that are about 2 inches. The only other thing I have comparable is some No Name Asian jobs from the 70s. They are OK but getting a little loose and showing their age. I had a nice pair of needle nose that I had since high school. I used them at work a great deal for years. A few years ago a guy working nearby in the belly of a jet asked to borrow them for a moment. Little did I know. He snapped off both jaws, trying to use them as "crimpers" he said. So I was kinda angry but he gave me some nice Kleins but they are much shorter and I don't use them much. Looks like the current Craftsman have those big fat red handles instead of the thin black like mine.

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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
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I have a few of the tools that I used as a kid, nearly 60 years ago. They have been replaced, but I can't throw them away.

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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Fri 10, 2020 2:55 pm 
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dtvmcdonald wrote:
I've lost my beloved long nosed pliers. This has happened before but I
always found them. This time it may be real ... I remember a "thump" than
may have been them falling in the garbage.

These were 50 years old and "thinner" all the way from the pivot to
the small tips, but the normal length. Otherwise they look like the thinnest
needle nose pliers at Harbor Freight or McMaster-Carr (or Amazon or ebay).

Does anybody know of a place to get thinner nosed long nosed pliers
that are still have about 2" noses? No, not the thinnest about two inch ones
that are readily available. The real problem is the thinness near the pivot.

If it were not for the Wuhan Coronavirus I could go to our student shop and
grind down a pair from Harbor Freight.

Doug McDonald

P.S. I'm half hoping that writing this will make the lost become found.

EDIT, 45 seconds after posting ... four days after the loss! This is not a joke!

ASK AND YE SHALL FIND ... literally 45 seconds after typing "loss!" I found them!
Actually there was a really really good reason this happened, which could not
have happened until right now. That is, the sun came out today. Right now it started
shining in the window (beside the bear I recently pictured in Communications radios forum).
There was a light reflection ... that was the pliers, beneath a TV set on my shelves.

Oh happy day!

SEE :lol: Aloha means HELLO, Too!


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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Sat 11, 2020 4:54 am 
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As a TV tech, I used to find tools left in the back of consoles on service calls - from other shops, I guess. Best find wasn't a tool - but a ~ 1LB spool of solder from a pigtail fuse replacement on a Sylvania set. It was there for a while - I lifted it out of the back and it left a spot where no dust had collected. I may have left tools tto, I dunno.

Dad found a smokers tobacco pipe in the back of a set in a customers home - funny thing, he knew the tech that left it there (this was the mid 60s) and returned it to him.

My Diamond tools duckbill pliers went MIA for a few years. I was transferring some boxed tubes from a box to the shelf, and voila, there they were.

My Dad dug the footings for his 18X20 garage in '92, and found three tools my brother and I had left laying out in 1975......Dad was at sea that year and we plundered his tool box aplenty. :oops: :oops:

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 Post subject: Re: Aloha to my best pliers
PostPosted: Apr Sat 11, 2020 7:03 pm 
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The flip side of this thread is "tools I found in the street."

Brand new pair of Klein linesmans pliers, probably fell of the back of a Con Ed truck.

And when I was a kid, a newish chrome adjustable wrench. Riding along in the
street and I saw it zip by beneath me - went back and grabbed it before the owner
came back for it. Still have that one, a bit shop-worn but still useable.


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