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Old 14-01-2020, 04:56   #76
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Sorry to admit this, but I actually wore out a good Sidchrome 10mm socket.
I remember buying it to work on a Honda motorcycle in 1967.
Using it one day, it slipped, the teeth had all worn out....
Back then, Sidchrome had a lifetime warranty.
If you still have it, take it in to a Sidchrome dealer and see if they will replace it!

The worst that can happen is that they say no!
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Back then, Sidchrome had a lifetime warranty.
If you still have it, take it in to a Sidchrome dealer and see if they will replace it!

The worst that can happen is that they say no!
I snapped a 15 inch Sidchrome shifter, Took it in and they replaced it with out question,
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Hahaha good post,there’s nothing like the stunned silence when working on deck when you drop a tool overboard and wait for the splash,lol.
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Hahaha good post,there’s nothing like the stunned silence when working on deck when you drop a tool overboard and wait for the splash,lol.
And holding your breath during that time.
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Well, I am certainly relieved to find out I am not the only one suffering with this problem. Prior to owning a boat I drove a British sports car, Triumph TR-6 for several years. This of course required keeping a full set of tools in the trunk. Several times I was able to locate lost tools I inadvertently left under the hood by the sound they made as they hit the fan on their way to the highway. if you were quick enough you could see them bouncing about in your rearview mirror as you sped away.

One lesson I learned when driving a British sports car. Always have at least one small diameter mag light that you can hold in your teeth so both hands are free to work on you car when broken down in the dark. Plus you wont lose the flashlight as often when you hold it with your teeth.

Now I keep that toolbox on the boat.
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Never use good tools on a boat, they are always the ones to disappear or splash.
The cheap stuff seems to last forever.

It’s a bit like weddings, the duration of a marriage is inversely proportional to the cost of the wedding...
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Never use good tools on a boat, they are always the ones to disappear or splash.
The cheap stuff seems to last forever.

It’s a bit like weddings, the duration of a marriage is inversely proportional to the cost of the wedding...
I can't agree with that logic. I'd rather let a good tool splash than have a cheap one fail when needed the most. A replacement might not be at a Lowes around the corner.
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Hahaha good post,there’s nothing like the stunned silence when working on deck when you drop a tool overboard and wait for the splash,lol.
Or watching it disappear underneath the engine as it slips out of your oily fingers.
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Prior to owning a boat I drove a British sports car, Triumph TR-6 for several years.

One lesson I learned when driving a British sports car. Always have at least one small diameter mag light that you can hold in your teeth so both hands are free to work on you car when broken down in the dark.
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Back then, Sidchrome had a lifetime warranty.
If you still have it, take it in to a Sidchrome dealer and see if they will replace it!

The worst that can happen is that they say no!

I used to live around the corner from the factory at one time. Returned a number of tools that had failed over a few years. Only one was faulty manufacture, the others had just worn out. All replaced without hassle on the spot except for this one time the mechanic at the place I worked gave me a cracked socket to get replaced. They were pretty quick to identify it as damage from being used on a pneumatic impact driver so no lollies that day!
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My screwdrivers like to mess with me. Last month I could not find any of my Phillips drivers, but had all the flat heads. Last week they switched, no flatheads to be found, but all the Phillips were back. I think the 10mm and 13 mm socket have joint custody.
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I used to live around the corner from the factory at one time. Returned a number of tools that had failed over a few years. Only one was faulty manufacture, the others had just worn out. All replaced without hassle on the spot except for this one time the mechanic at the place I worked gave me a cracked socket to get replaced. They were pretty quick to identify it as damage from being used on a pneumatic impact driver so no lollies that day!
You lived in West Heidelberg, Hahaha
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Well, I am certainly relieved to find out I am not the only one suffering with this problem. Prior to owning a boat I drove a British sports car, Triumph TR-6 for several years. This of course required keeping a full set of tools in the trunk. Several times I was able to locate lost tools I inadvertently left under the hood by the sound they made as they hit the fan on their way to the highway. if you were quick enough you could see them bouncing about in your rearview mirror as you sped away.

One lesson I learned when driving a British sports car. Always have at least one small diameter mag light that you can hold in your teeth so both hands are free to work on you car when broken down in the dark. Plus you wont lose the flashlight as often when you hold it with your teeth.

Now I keep that toolbox on the boat.


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You lived in West Heidelberg, Hahaha
The factory has gone, My mate worked there when it was shut down, Sad,

Close. I lived in Preston for a bit!
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Does anyone else have this problem?

I buy a brand-new set of tools and within days one of the set goes missing. Do you think I can find it? It eventually turns up but in its' own time

Two years ago I bought a quality center-punch. I used it for a couple of months and then it went walkabout. I searched high and low for it but it was gone. Then yesterday morning there it was - on the bench. Where on earth had it been in the last two years?
it might help you! But maybe you should write down which tools you use per job you do on your boat! Then you will know which tools you used for which job! There are a few advantages if you do this. 1. Every job has a certain location where most likely you will find your missing tools! 2. you will know how many tools you used and if you count the amount after you finished you will know if miss any tools! 3 If you keep these notes for maybe a year or longer is of course always better you will have a selection of tools you really need to have with you! The rest you can leave at home because it's only ballast and that should be stored in your .....! There are more advantage but this most important ones! Work clean and count your tools! This is how maintance personel is trained in the aviation industry to prevent mistakes that can result in loss of lives. I hope it helps you to keep your tools under control! Then you know where you can find them if you most need them!
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