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    Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    I saw this idea, and thought it was great, and had to share,,




    That clamp would sure be faster than turning a C-Clamp,,

    Do you have any ideas that repurpose tools that others could use??


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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    Piece of flat bar across the piston and it doesn't take so many turns.
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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    I never replace brakes...........I've always driven like an old man

    Actually............two sets of front pads, and the first set of rear shoes last year...............IN 275,000 MILES. Rear drums were still good, but the front discs needed replacing on the last go 'round. It pays to drive like Gramps I mean REALLY pays. $650/year for liability insurance on TWO trucks, with max non commercial coverage. To be fair, it's a bundle with the farm insurance. But it helps to not have had a moving violation since I was around 18 or so. Overweights, and other stuff, don't count as moving violations....at least they didn't used to.

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    I repurpose constantly. When we were laying some cable recently I needed a caddy to spool the wire out, so my barrel dolly got repurposed temporarily with some SS hose clamps.
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    Got the job done and now it's returned to it's normal life as a barrel dolly for wheeling around 45 gal (205 l ) barrels of oil.
    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce...

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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    Who doesn't? How am I going to unroll this heavy (few hundred lb) spool of wire that feeds power from house to shop? Here's how:

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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    You can just lift that up on my barrel dolly if you want to borrow it...
    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce...

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    I don't have undergound feed But I gots 5 extension cords!!!!!!

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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    yes i repurpose, but i guarantee if I tried that trick in the first post with a caulk gun, I'd just bend it into scrap and still be no better off. If I can't force the piston back with a large waterpump plier, it'll take a LOT more force than that to un-seize it lol

    I repurposed this frame, and a slurry tanker hydraulic ram, as well as some other scrap metal...
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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    Most of the day, wouldnt be able to afford it or get it done without. I do it more than ever as I want to utilize the existing assets if possible especially when its not immediately cost effective to tool up for it.
    I talk about it in some threads when we get to specialty tools. Great that its neat but it cost a lot and doesnt save any real work.

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    I have went to the steel yard and bought a lot of materials but I go so rare now they forget me. Ican strip the dryer and washer panels off in a zip, they are finished and painted, I "collect" steel, seems I just do along with fittings and pipe, wire too. People give me stuff like that too.
    I got one piece given to me for this, it took me longer to detail than it did the fundamentals including spray. Imagine the cost/time to come up with a core from angle and sheet etc plus the cost.
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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    Made a tire tub out of the drop. All out shelves, benches, most of the tool boxes all salvage and often done on demand when moving or as needed. I was gonna order a oil drain thingy then all of a sudden I wanted it.
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    Necessity is the mother of invention or as the military calls it, a field expedient,.
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    I try not to be a box horder, I break some down, I burn some, send some to the dump but there is a place to toss the cardboard and to file it. I am going to file a pallet in storage soon, we salvage some sheets and its so handy pre size we have some stuff we came up with but there needs to be place to store it. I have a pic, cant find it now.
    The grill cart has evolved since. That was the day I put it together. I doubled its capacity, have 2x the stuff on it. There has been a revision since pic 3. I had 2 carts and managed to consolidate and there is a wheeled table on other side of the aframe. This tool "cluster" or tool island serves 2 and 3 bays. I have another heavy duty cart on the other side in fab/bench/vises/ beside the "traffic" lane. Coming or going walk past it. Its why we have some island and peninsula floor plan in some sense that tool cart up against the wall will only serve 1 area so to speak and same for air hose hydrants.
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    I am pecking for a recent pic, might not have it. But there was another layer added dealing with metric wrenches. Wow, this was early. I knew where I wanted it but we just started tossing stuff at it and kept coming up with hangers as needed. I havnt made many fundamental changes lately, its about as good as I can get it.
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    I can make do without a lot of stuff but this is a staple.
    I even tailor them depending on skill set of any masters I happen to employ. For the common tools everything is most likely there if a guy needs it. One of my Buds carries a specialty tray in his car but comes knowing we basically got it all.
    Every tool needed at hand to change a clutch in a common pickup or do brakes on cars. If a guy wants to become disciplined can reach the front wheel to size all the tools and set on a local bench to move to other wheels or for reassembly. It does kinds depend on stripping and sizing the sockets upon return, makes pickout super fast and easy. Another hi discipline is to return wrong tools when you get the right one vs simply setting them down in the most convenience place.
    We can turn the end of a chore bench right under a car to sit tools during use.
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    Ah, the classic brake rotor forge on a barbeque! Is that a Black and Decker heat gun you've swapped in for the hair dryer?
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    No, it's a good old hair dryer...it's about 23 years old with a low and high just air or heat. It works great so far.
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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    I've repurposed so many tools in my life I can't even remember. I also bet there are a few of us here that bought brand new tools with the complete intention of making something else out of them.
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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    Yea... like whoever bought nut crackers because they wanted their nuts cracked?
    The harder you fall, the higher you bounce...

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    Re: Do you EVER Repurpose, To Get The Job Done??

    A ball pien hammer works great on nuts to. Vise grip in a pinch too.

    Dave

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    Yea... like whoever bought nut crackers because they wanted their nuts cracked?

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