Guide to Men's Tools
1. DRILL PRESS: A tall upright machine useful
for suddenly snatching flat metal bar stock out of your hands so that
it smacks you in the chest and flings your beer across the room,
splattering it against that freshly painted part you were drying.
2. WIRE WHEEL: Cleans paint off bolts and then throws them somewhere
under the workbench with the speed of light. Also removes fingerprint
whorls and hard-earned guitar calluses in about the time it takes you
to say, "****!!!"
3. ELECTRIC HAND DRILL: Normally used for spinning
pop rivets in their holes until you die of old age
4. PLIERS: Used to round off
hexagonal bolt heads.
5. HACKSAW: One of a family of cutting tools
built on the Ouija board principle: It transforms human energy into a crooked,
unpredictable motion, and the more you attempt to influence its
course, the more dismal your future becomes.
6. VISE GRIP PLIERS: Used to round off bolt heads. If nothing else
is available, they can also be used to transfer intense welding heat
to the palm of your hand.
7. OXYACETYLENE TORCH: Used almost entirely
for setting various flammable objects in your shop on fire. Also
>> handy for igniting the grease inside a wheel hub you're trying to get
>> the bearing race out of.
8. WHITWORTH SOCKETS: Once used for working
>> on older British cars and motorcycles, they are now used mainly for
>> impersonating that 9/16 or 1/2" socket you've been searching for, for
>> the last 15 minutes.
9. HYDRAULIC FLOOR JACK: Used for lowering an
>> automobile to the ground after you have installed your new disk brake
>> pads, trapping the jack handle firmly under the bumper.
>> LONG DOUGLAS FIR 4X4: Used to attempt to lever an automobile upward
>> off a hydraulic jack handle.
11. TWEEZERS: A tool for removing splinters of wood, especially
>> Douglas fir.
12. TELEPHONE: Tool for calling your neighbor to see if
>> he has another hydraulic floor jack.
13. SNAP-ON GASKET SCRAPER:
>> Theoretically useful as a sandwich tool for spreading mayonnaise;
>> used mainly for removing dog feces from your boots.
14. E-Z OUT BOLT AND STUD EXTRACTOR: A tool that snaps off in bolt holes and is ten
>> times harder than any known drill bit.
15. TWO-TON HYDRAULIC ENGINE HOIST: A handy tool for testing the tensile strength of bolts and
>> fuel lines you forgot to disconnect.
16. CRAFTSMAN 1/2 x 16-INCH SCREWDRIVER: A large motor mount prying tool that inexplicably has an
>> accurately machined screwdriver tip on the end without the handle.
>> AVIATION METAL SNIPS: See hacksaw.
18. TROUBLE LIGHT: The homebuilder's own tanning booth. Sometimes called droplight, it is a
>> good source of vitamin D, "the sunshine vitamin," which is not
>> otherwise found under cars at night.
>> Health benefits aside, its main purpose is to consume 40-watt light
>> bulbs at about the same rate that 105-mm howitzer shells might be
>> used during, say, the first few hours of the Battle of the Bulge.
>> More often dark than light, its name is somewhat misleading.
>> PHILLIPS SCREWDRIVER: Normally used to stab the lids of
>> old-style paper-and-tin oil cans and squirt oil on your shirt; can
>> also be used, as the name implies, to round off the interiors of
>> Phillips screw heads.
20. AIR COMPRESSOR: A machine that takes energy produced in a
>> coal-burning power plant 200 miles away and transforms it into
>> compressed air that travels by hose to an Pneumatic impact wrench
>> that grips rusty bolts last tightened 70 years ago by someone at GM,
>> and rounds them off or twists them off.
21. PRY BAR: A tool used to crumple the metal surrounding that clip
>> or bracket you needed to remove in order to replace a 50 cent
22. HOSE CUTTER: A tool used to cut hoses 1/2 inch too short.
>> HAMMER: Originally employed as a weapon of war, the hammer
>> nowadays is used as a kind of divining rod to locate expensive
>> partsnot far from the object we are trying to hit.
2 4 . MECHANIC'S KNIFE: Used to open and slice through the contents of cardboard
>> cartons delivered to your front door; works particularly well on
>> boxes containing upholstered items, chrome-plated metal, plastic
>> parts and the other hand not holding the knife.
*So there you have it:
>> a complete description of the tools all men
>> need, and occasionally use correctly