You know you’re into tools when…

by laurie jane kern on October 18, 2009

….YOU have more fun at the tool store than your HUSBAND (or spouse to be P.C) !!

Let me explain

O.K., so it might have something to do with me being an engineer but NOT all my engineering friends are into tools, especially the Software engineers, and there are many who are on this list who art not engineers but love their tools.

In many cases it is not about even using the tools, it’s about having as well.

Last week when I was taking my first class with Deb, we used various hammers, doming blocks, punches, anvils and such. The next day, Sunday,  I went online to find out where Harbor Freight was in our area. For those of you who are not familiar with the store it is a tool shop for the non-home improvement people. Think of Home Depot or Lowes for the “shop people” or mechanically inclined.

I found that the closest was in Escondido even though rumor was that a store had opened up in the Temecula/Murrieta area. But do not fret if you do not live in the San Diego area as they have stores all around the country as well as a on-line store.  Using the website I identified several items to purchase and planned a visit in the next few weeks.

But low and behold a 15% off EVERYTHING sale coupon for the weekend appeared in my email inbox on Thursday. ROAD TRIP! So on friday my husband got me lots-O-cash and yesterday at noon we drove the 45 minutes south to raid the Harbor Freight store.

We were in there for 2 hours!

I had my list but my husband wandered off for the smaller items he was interested in.

I SCORED BIG TIME here is what I got:  a doming block with 35 punches with a stand, a 1 pound anvil, a 3 anvil (both which I will have to refinish to get a better surface), a 1/2 horsepower buffing motor, an assortment of cotton buffing wheels, a rather large brass mallet, several packages of shop towels, assorted drill bits, a Delrin conical mallet, extra exact-o blades and a few things I can’t even think of now.

Our bill was just over $150 and on the way home my husband said: “That was fun but I think you had more fun than me!” I then asked if we could go back – right now ;=))

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Sandra Gilbert October 21, 2009 at 10:56 am

Oh my, this story was great!
My dh says that if we get separated in a hardware store, he can ALWAYS find me in the tool section. Oh and by the way, I too am an engineer: a software engineer ;->

terry brake October 19, 2009 at 7:22 pm

LJK, I do the same. My hubby pulls me out of Harbor Freight. I look too long, much of it is cheap, (my price) but not all junk. The flex shaft is pretty poor tho…good thing I’m just hobbiest now, not production.

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