Another Dimension Where all the Nuts go.

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  1. Toadmund

    Toadmund New Member

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    It's like, when you drop a nut, a washer, bolt, etc. right in front of yourself and it's nowhere to be found.
    I want my nut back.
     
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    Do like me. Go buy another and then it magicly shows up right there on the floor when you get back.
     
  3. Toadmund

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    Almost like that drill bit I was looking for yesterday, looked everywhere for it.
    Turned up today as I was looking for a 10mm socket, found one, but not the one I was looking for, and there it was, the drill bit.
     
  4. 2door

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    Garage Gremlins: They live in the rafters or under your work bench. When you drop something, they grab it, move it to another part of your garage and leave it there for you to find days or weeks later.

    I had one that used to live in my garage. I named him 'Stupid S.O.B'. Whenever I'd misplace something, a tool or a part I'd say, "Okay, what did you do with it, you stupid s.o.b ? That's how he got his name.

    Garage Gremlins are great at sneaking from their hiding places and moving things around when you're not looking. They take things, hide them and put them in places that you were never near. Like on the freezer on the other side of the garage.

    No, it isn't your memory or your brain cells that are dying, it's Garage Gremlins.
    There is no way to get rid of them, no repellants that you can spray or poisons to put out. If you have them, they're there to stay so just deal with it. Good luck.
    Tom
     
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    [​IMG]

    I find these and a good bright flashlight help to find stuff on the floor hidden by the gremlins. now misplaced tools on the other hand are not so easy to find. Need a much better way to store tools so I can tell one is missing.
     
  6. Toadmund

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    One day RFID tags will be put on our tools and we will be able to select what we want on a portable finding device, and home right in on that screwdriver.

    I guess RFID can be good for something.
     
  7. Bikeguy Joe

    Bikeguy Joe Godfather of Motorized Bicycles

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    I lost a 16 dollar bolt from my Suzuki that way. No amount of magnets, floor crawling laying with my eye level to the floor ever found it. A SIXTEEN DOLLAR BOLT!!!!
     
  8. 2door

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    And you wonder where that ball bearing from the clutch actuator in your HT went?

    Tom
     
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    Around here its not just gremlins, we also have Jasper the Thieving Ghost. He likes to take stuff and put it back where it was a day to years later. In my most resent encounter he stole my mom's Dremel. We found it six months later right where it should have been when it vanished, sitting on her kitchen counter. This counter is a 3x4ft island on wheels. Only two keys exist for her house, she has one and I have a spare incase she locks herself out or looses it. There is no realistic explanation, just the local legend of Jasper the Thieving Ghost.
     
  10. DaveC

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    ...yup. :rolleyes:
     
  11. Goat Herder

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    You need one of these too for when the Garage Gremlin wont declock it and its right in front of you. [​IMG]
     
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    we lost a throttel nut just like that today :)
     
  13. Technocyclist

    Technocyclist Motorized Bicycle Senior Technologist

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    i lost one of those piston clips and damaged my cylinder... *sigh*
     
  14. beach cruiser

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    The Gremlins in my garage play mean tricks on me at times by putting wrenches in my back pockets and fasteners in my front pockets when I know I didn't put them there in the first place!
     
  15. 2door

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    See what I mean? :)

    Tom
     
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    i have a pen and pocket knife that ive had for years that will disaper then reaper randomly i dont even worry that thier missing anymore cause i know in a month or two they will be their.



    nothing makes me crazier than looseing a tool purchaseing a new one and getting a spare to a spare so on and on i have 4 metric allen sets aghhh stupid little gremlins.
     
  17. AslansMonkey

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    There's an episode of the Twighlight Zone from 1985 called "A Matter of Minutes." It's based on a short story called "Yesterday was Monday" by Theodore Sturgeon.

    Anyway, in the TW episode a couple wakes up and discovers a construction crew "building" the next minute of the day. Every minute must be constructed by the crew before "reality" catches up and occupies the "set" for the next minute. In that episode they explain that sometimes they make mistakes and forget to put something in that is supposed to be there. This is why you sometimes look in a drawer for your watch and can't find it only to eventually find in in the same drawer a few minutes later. The workmen simply forgot to put the watch in there for the first minute you looked.

    I would imagine nuts and screws get misplaced all the time by these work crews. Thats enough explanation for me.
     
  18. 2door

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    In the movie industry it's called 'continuity'. They have a person on the set that watches for things like how much liquid is in a glass, or how long a cigarette is from scene to scene to make sure when they put the scenes together on film they match.

    Maybe that's what happens. The 'continuity' person screws up and your tools/parts/fasteners get moved when they start to film the scene from a different angle.

    I knew there had to be a better explanation that little green men who live in my garage.
    Thanks, Monkey.
    :)
    Tom
     
  19. thegnu

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    ever find your cordless drill in the refridgerator ?................... I did . alcohol was not involved ... I tore my shop apart for an hour , gremlins ,yep, its actually easy to" hide your own easter eggs" an not even realize your doing it .
    Gary
     
  20. LR Jerry

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    I don't care what all the studies say, what I smoked in the 70's and early 80's didn't affect my short term memory one bit. There really is a gremlin hiding things from me, I've seen him.
     
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