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    longest time of tool loss?

    well i found one today that had been gone for at least a year, i had a small cordless bosch drill that i had used on a installation job and hadnt seen it sense.. well today was shop clean up day or sorta like that any way,, changing filters and refilling the hardware bins that had gotten emptied.. well normally i just grab a bucket to stand on to do this , being lazy to go get a step ladder but i felt better about gettin a ladder today so i got a different vantage point and in the process found the bosch cordless drill, it was on top of my finish room fan and outa sight unless you had a ladder.. still had battery life in it even,, so those lithium batters do last a long time so how long have you gone with a lost and found tool
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    even if we 'lost' a tool, would we admit it?
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    I was recently going through some boxes of my son's stuff that is in the back of my shop and came across one of my ratchets my parents gave me for my HS graduation I though I had lost. Turned out that he forgot that he borrowed it even though he said he hadn't . So about 4 years so far, still have a few more boxes of his to look through/re-pack.

    Though I guess my dad has that topped, he found a few tools of his when working on something in my shop a few months back, guess that would make it about 25 years for him.
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    I have a small knife I have had since college and use it all the time. Aout a year ago I was on a job and thought I left it there. The Job was 60 miles away and I figured I was a gonner. Not long ago I was cleaning in the shop and found my knife. Now it lays in my ink box back home in the art studio.
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    This past week I found a screwdriver I had left on the floor under the fridge when we installed the new kitchen. That's nearly 2 years.

    WAIT A MINUTE! Did I just admit to not cleaning under the fridge for almost 2 years?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    This past week I found a screwdriver I had left on the floor under the fridge when we installed the new kitchen. That's nearly 2 years.

    WAIT A MINUTE! Did I just admit to not cleaning under the fridge for almost 2 years?





    You're supposed to clean under refrigerators?????????????????
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    I don't have any stories (that I will admit to) about me losing tools, but a number of years back, I had a '72 VW Camper Bus that started giving me problems... actually the first EX --- something about the way she drove... it would die at every stop sign or intersection she approached... anyway took it to VW dealer where a good friend worked and he tinkered with it for a time, gave it back supposedly fixed.... same problem, took it back, they gave it back "fixed", same problem, took it back...etc... about 19 trips all told.... finally the service manager decided I wasn't starting it correctly, so he sent my friend out to take a look at how I started it in the mornings.... it started and I went to work no problem, but while I was getting ready to start it, O.B.(My friend) opened the engine compartment and looked in... he found one of his screwdrivers laying in there that had made numerous trips around town, to and from the dealership where he and other mechanics had worked on the vehicle, and it even made a trip from Foster City, California (near San Mateo) across the bay to Oakland, California to the VW training center where they trained the dealership mechanics.. don't know how long it was in there, never hear it rolling around and O.B. said he'd been looking for it for 6 months.
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    I lost an engine crane back in 94. And yes I'm still waiting for it to turn up.
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    Oh i have had this experience often but i cannot remember at a glance what they were.

    @ Darren i had to laugh because my dad and i would often go back and forth on who took whos tools. Since his tools were old he like to borrow mine when i was around his place going way back. I drove him crazy just like my sons drive me crazy borrowing my tools.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Ellis View Post
    You're supposed to clean under refrigerators?????????????????
    yeah, when your fridge finally conks out and its time for a new one, when they cart off the old one, you clean the space before a new one gets put in.
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