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05-17-2003, 10:09 PM
We have been having so much fun with the "Shop Sayings" thread, how about your favorite tool nick name? Some of my favorites......
Vise Grip - locking tooth pullers
File - reciprocating manual milling machine
Hammer - swing press
Angle grinder - portable abrasive milling machine
Cutting torch - gas axe http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
05-17-2003, 10:17 PM
We had a machinist at work that called his tape measure a yo-yo. Don't ask me - true story.
05-17-2003, 10:20 PM
Vice grips, channel locks, etc--these go in the "Nut rounders" drawer in my tool box
Then there is the "application of undue force" drawer--BIG screwdriver, crowbar, length of pipe
torch = fire wrench
A former boss would call a big portable drill with side handle a "2 horsepower drill".
Of course he meant that 2 horses were pushing it http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Ball peen hammer - Carburetor adjustment tool
Adjustable wrench - Crescent Hammer, Japanese Fit All
File - Hand Mill
Thread Gage - Fish Scale
Torch - Hot Wrench, Smoke Wrench, Victor Wrench
Welder - Adding Machine
Roughing end mill - Corn Cob
To this day, my dad still calls a tape measure a "yo-yo".
05-17-2003, 11:41 PM
I've heard a cutting torch refered to as an "Alabama Monkey wrench".In the shop I apprenticed in,the 4 lb hammer we used for cam bearings was the "Ford wrench".In my shop the 8 and 10 lb hammers I use for sleeve driving are the "Chevrolet hammers".The sandpaper wrapped file was the "poor mans milling machine".
05-18-2003, 12:49 AM
Boring head= wobble chuck
Angle Blocks = Knees
yo yo is a tape measure
05-18-2003, 05:45 AM
Torch = BOC spanner
Hammer = manchester screwdriver
Easing oil = knacker laquer, often followed by shouts of "add's lustre to your cluster"
05-18-2003, 07:53 AM
As my dad used to say "Every tool in the shop is a hammer except the screwdriver, that is a chisel".
05-18-2003, 01:14 PM
Torch = Mississippi Key
Adjustable wrench = All sixteenth
Hammer = micro adjuster
Phillips screwdrive = plus screwdriver
Standard screwdriver = minus screwdriver
05-18-2003, 04:13 PM
Gas torch- hot wrench cresent wrench- metric wrench set
05-18-2003, 05:00 PM
6'prybar = Hicky stick, Hicky bar, toe cutter
telephone = Hot air machine
toilet = big white phone, art depository, art gallery
sledge hammer = BFH
Ball peen hammer = whack bonk
Dead blow hammer = bitch slapper
claw hammer = attitude adjuster
For "pump pliers" AKA channellocks:
This is due to the local assumption that those "north county" folks ain't too bright.....so the pliers are "a north county socket set".
I originally heard it as a "hillbilly socket set".
05-19-2003, 01:51 AM
How about the "Hillbilly Jack"
Takes 3 hillbillies:
1 on each fender
1 to slide a cinder block under the crossmember.
05-19-2003, 02:04 AM
Bolt Cutters = Pass Key (not that I've ever used 'em that way)
05-19-2003, 05:23 AM
Crecent wrench = UNF spanner (Universal Nut F---er)
05-19-2003, 08:05 AM
In bicycle circles the Campagnolo #769 crank bolt wrench is commonly known as a "peanut butter wrench." This picture makes the reason obvious:
One fellow I knew always called it a PBJ, short for "peanut butter & jelly." I never liked that, since the uninitiated would at least have a fair chance of figuring out what a peanut butter wrench is. PBJ is far too cryptic.
Oh yeah, and in high school we called a Phillips screwdriver a "twin dihedral manually energized torque transducer."
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05-19-2003, 01:40 PM
Stillson wrench = any pipe wrench
Man helper = long stick with paint brush or roller or hook to get where no man can go (used mostly in high steel construction)
bosun's chair= a thin uncomfortable plank with four ropes to get a man to places where no man should go.
Tag line or tail rope= a line hanging from bosuns chair to get man into more places.
Bull rope= large line (or small rope), used in rigging to slide things along to get them where no one thought they could get. Especially fun underthe bowl of a water tank to allow work on the center pipe (riser pipe)
gin pole- sort of like a sky hook, used to get where no crane can get. used to lift things like lifting by the boot straps. not to be confused with Burbon.
idiot stick- axle for a drum of W-110 wire (communications) carried by two men, shovel to small for the job (not to be confused with an "irish tooth pick" which is a shovel bent to lift dirt from bottom of a pole hole.
whip- not to confused with BDSM- a welders cable.
stinger- welders electrode or thing a back hoe bucket fastens to. (dangling particple?)
come along- not same as a policemans, wifes or childs summons
05-19-2003, 05:00 PM
Other names for a hammer;
Heavy thing with stick
Dent remover/reverser (depends how hard you swing it)
05-19-2003, 08:20 PM
Wore out radial arm drill-cake mixer,cutting torch-Mississippi fire wrench,sledge hammer-baptist slapper,
05-19-2003, 09:20 PM
A 4ft.pipe has been known as a torque amplifier and most screwdrivers are prydrivers.
"Chain fall" = chain hoist, particularly a diffrential hoist.
05-20-2003, 10:54 AM
Hickey= rigid conduit bender
Arkansas ruler= Lay out stick or rod (1x2 with pencil marks) (really, a good tool for woodworkers).
05-21-2003, 12:56 AM
Any standard blade type screwdriver that is not hollow ground to properly fit the screwhead = prybar, concrete drill (electricians), ****house lock (jam it in the door jamb to lock some one in...)
EMT (Electro Mechanical Tubing - normal thin wall conduit) benders are "hickeys" here.
You need a Ridgid/Greenlee Mandrel bender to work with Rigid Conduit (explosion proof - threaded) up here - can't do it by hand like the EMT, too heavy.
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05-21-2003, 01:37 PM
Hammer = Persuader, The bigger the hammer you used, the more persuasively you spoke to the part.
Adjustable wrench (cresent wrench) = Carolina socket wrench
05-21-2003, 01:48 PM
Torch - blue tip wrench
Shovel - goon spoon
05-21-2003, 03:23 PM
I call ALL of my Phillips Screwdrivers, "Missing"!!!!!
Where the Flying Frig do these things go?! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//mad.gif
Probably with the lost Airline Luggage and One-of-a-kind Socks.
Then again, more than once I've found them in my wifes garden, stuck in the dirt.
Scientists recently discovered that there is a ring around Earth, just like Saturn.
It's made up of Luggage and stuff.
05-22-2003, 12:17 AM
I have on occasion been called a "tool" by ex-girlfriends - I took it as a compliment. They hate that when you do that! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//tongue.gif
05-24-2003, 12:30 PM
Thrud: According to "crofts", 18th edition- a hickey was used to bend rigid up to 3/4 inch. Looks like a tee with one side cut out. We called the EMT benders (with the groove and wheel segment) just "bender" or EMT bender. The latest Grainger does not even list a old time hickey. Guess I am out dated again. I THINK we had a "hickey" that was supposed to bend 1" rigid, but it was not practical- too heavy. Up to 3/4 was commmon with the "Hickey". For 1" and up (emt or rigid) we used a home made jig, even tree and chain. 2" and larger we just gave up and bought sweep Ells. Even when helpers were getting only 75 cents per hour, it was cheaper to buy to large fittings. Things change and it seems the modern electrician puts in more stuff in a day tha we ever dreamed of doing.
05-24-2003, 11:25 PM
I have used a hicky to bend ridgid - a hydraulic mandrel bender does not grunt or fart nearly as bad... http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
Just as I would rather use Brent's hydraulic cable shears than a ratchet cable cutter or God forbid - a hacksaw. No fun on Tek cable.
05-25-2003, 10:07 PM
Vise Grips - Welding Clamp pliers
8 oz Dead Blow Hammer - LFDB
16 oz Dead Blow - BFDB
Needle Nose Pliers - Needle D*&k Pliers
Hack saw - Craftsman Hand Mill
Files - Nicholson Hand Mill
Adjustable Wrench - Knuckle Buster
My favorite - a boring bar. You know what a boring bar is? One without live music.
05-26-2003, 12:18 AM
Crescent wrench = Mexican Speed Wrench
Scale = Measuring stick
Hammer = Persuader
Die Grinder = Burr Gun
Breaker Bar = Breakover
Open end wrench = Knuckle buster
Grease = Slickum
Oil = Earl
05-26-2003, 03:17 PM
Regarding phillips head screwdrivers and the ring around the earth, I think the ring around the earth also includes all of my missing allen wenches that I need and can't ever find at the time. Does not matter. I could need a 3/16 wrench, and have three or four loose ones in my tool box at any time, but when i need it, where is it? all other sizes I ever need when I do not need them are there.....Same goes with those little TORX insert wrenches. No matter what indexable tool I have in, I have every single other size but the one I need at the time to change the insert. The next week, that one appears, and the new one I need is gone for the tool in the machine.
Add to the insult of the missing torx wrenches, these little TORX screws often times have Hex application for loosening on the back side, and you freaking know what? THAT HEX WRENCH IS ALSO MISSING FROM MY BOX!!!!!!!
I think this is a conspiracy - nature, my kids, my wife, or even my co-workers against me. They must know what I need at the time, run in behind me, take it, and run away to giggle.
05-26-2003, 08:57 PM
I solved my Torx problem by getting a Bondhaus Torx folder (green handle - I bought the smallest one of the two) and so far know where it is when I need it. I used to haave your problem too! http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif
05-26-2003, 09:07 PM
Spope: it is no conspiracy, it's just IPofIA again. (innate preversity of inanimate objects). When you fully understand IPofIA you expct them to hide, warp, twist, bend, break, retain heat, stretch and more than I can list. Personally, I am still finding they have hidden (or never discovered faults.
"nothing like a machine to make a man feel a fool"
06-04-2003, 01:44 AM
20 inch disk sander... Mexican lathe
06-04-2003, 06:12 AM
micrometer = C clamp
edge finder = wiggler
dividing head = hurdy gurdy
dropping a part on the floor = ground finish
using a ballbearing to close up hole size =
anyone who crashes a machine and tries to hide it = crashmaster
hammer = eqaulizer
scrap parts = practice pieces
dead live center = siezed up center
1 1/4 nut or bigger = nut buster
06-04-2003, 09:19 PM
Stablia 6' level - pry bar
Hammer - Noun - A device used to damage expensive items in the vacinity of the target. Also known as a toolbox on a stick.
Vice Grips - Noun - A tool used to clamp metal parts subject to welding. Has the unusual property of transfering heat to the handle at the speed of light. Also renouned for the ability to stick human flesh to the metal handle without the application of any known glue or other mechanical process.
Hack Saw - Noun - A tool useful for cutting metal, usually preceeded with a straight cut prior to wadering about like a blind man on a bicycle mid way through the cut. The ratio of cutting strokes to expetives used will be in direct proportion to the number of blades broken.
Hose Cutter - Noun - A device used to cut rubber hoses 1" too short
File - Noun - An excercise device capable of causing elevated heart rate and perspiration. May also have medicinal property of acting as a depressant and therefore should not be used with alchohol.
Dremell - Noun - Invention of the late 20th centuary designed to banish vermin with the high pitched noise generated.
Ratchet - Noun - A little bit bigger than a mouse ****.
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06-16-2003, 12:07 AM
Air Hose - Reverse Flow Vacum Nozel
Apparently the US military paid inordinate amounts of money for a "Manually operated impact generator"=hammer.
When my screwdrivers go missing or I can't find the allen I need I give up looking after about 2 minutes and go watch TV. Next day I buy another one. After using the new one for a few minutes I will usually find the old one so now I have two. This way it will take 20 minutes to lose both of them instead of the ten it normally takes for one.
06-18-2003, 10:38 PM
Yea, I hate it when I misplace my lathe, doesn't show up again til I go get a new one http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net//biggrin.gif