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    Too many tools?

    Last week I started what would have been a two hour job - hanging some plastic wall covering, RFP, I think it is called. The stuff has been the shop since 2017 taking up space and generally in the way. So I thought some liquid nails and a few minutes and I'm done. Two days later with the use of many drill bits, four different varieties of saws, chalk line, a hammer or two, and the quota of expletives it is finished. Looks pretty good, too. I'm thinking most of the reason it took as many hours is that I had the tools and maybe the skill to make it look good. Years ago, before I started playing with British cars the initial action, glue and call it done, would have sufficed.

    And by the way, I'm not sure about "too many" tools. Can one have "too many?"

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    Re: Too many tools?

    Instead of "too many tools" maybe it's a case of "too high a standard" as you mentioned. Now that you can, you do. Sometimes, though, I'm learning to be more accepting of "that'll do."

    Too many tools is just not a thing I can recognize.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    "Too many tools" just doesn't compute.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    I used to have too many tools but they mysteriously disappear
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    Re: Too many tools?

    I am going to go against the grain. At least for working on cars and most common round the house and yard chores I have most everything I need. I have resisted the urge lately to buy more (I sometimes covet a metric gearwrench set and a better welder). I have enough that if I don't have the exact I can cobble up what can work. I have focused more lately on organizing (I moved to a new garage) and being able to find what I have when I need it.

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    Re: Too many tools?

    "Too many tools"?? I don't understand that at all. But doing a task to a higher standard rather than a simply acceptable one is perfectly understandable. A few years ago when doing some drywall work after installing a 'pocket door' in our bathroom, the joints taped and mud applied, my time sanding it, applying more compound and going over it again to make it seamless for painting was apparently excessive to Mitsy. Her declaration was: "C'mon, Doc! It's a wall, NOT a FERRARI !!" *shrug*

    Be it a wall, tile flooring or in fact a Ferrari, it's not so much that others will see it as it is that I'm going to. And thinking there's some part of a job I may have left less-than "personally proper" would bother me every time I'd see it.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    Exactly doc.... that's why the pyramids are still here
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    Re: Too many tools?

    Doc I understand that perfectly.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    I wonder with each new tool, how I managed to get anything done before I bought it.

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    Re: Too many tools?

    Quote Originally Posted by glemon View Post
    and most common round the house and yard chores .
    I agree with Ya'll but this I don't understand.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    Quote Originally Posted by glemon View Post
    ... and being able to find what I have when I need it.
    I've found that the best way to find that tool you've been looking for is to buy another one. Then the lost tool magically shows up.
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    Re: Too many tools?

    Simple tool box-
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    Re: Too many tools?

    I forgot to ad that I bought an environmentally safe chain saw the other day. Only problem is I'm right handed!
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