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How Many Wrenches Do You Really Need?

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Did you ever get that question from your significant other as you went out to buy "just this one more wrench"?  I did, but it helped that my father-in-law was a Snap-On dealer so he had all the right come back lines to share with me.   Anyway, he would have been a poor soul if our significant others had seen this list in a 1921 tool and garage supply catalog.  It seems we only need about 5 to get the job done.  The catalog is Waterhouse & Lester Co in San Francisco CA who also were known for making wood wheels on the west coast.

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How many wrenches do you need?

How many socks do you need?

How many pairs of underwear do you need?

 

For each question, the answer would be "a drawer-full."

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The Cadillac shop manual lists something like 30 different tools required to work on your car (which of course you can't buy anymore) and most of them are tools to work around questionable design choices (e.g they put a stud in the way so you can't get a regular spanner on it)

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I told my wife it's like the Avon Lady you have to buy something each week or they will never stop again. Worked for me lol.

 

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I was at an estate sale looking at a large toolbox full of tools that was very reasonably priced.  The wife came over and said "The only thing they suffered from was lack of use".  I said sold.

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I have no idea how many wrenches I have.  I have some in the garage at home, more at the shop, keep some in the truck, more in the camper, and a number of other places.  Lost count years ago.

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When I was in my role as Network Administrator for a large construction machinery manufacturer, from time to time there would be critical path outages.  Invariably, as I  banged my head, racked my brain and attempted to pull the rabbit out of a hat to quickly remedy the situation, staggering out of the corner offices would be a few VP’s to ‘assess’ the situation.

 

Most were just doing their job, some even offered to help, if at all possible.  But a few wore out their welcome by repeatedly asking the same question over and over again; ‘how much time until it is fixed’ ?  This of course wasted precious time and diverted my focus.  At the end of my patience with one ankle-biter VP - asking for the umpteenth time, ‘how much time until it is fixed’,  I turned my my full stink-eye  attention to him and asked firmly, ‘how much time do you have ? ...

 

How many wrenches ?  How many do you have !!

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6 minutes ago, Larry Schramm said:

I have no idea how many wrenches I have.  I have some in the garage at home, more at the shop, keep some in the truck, more in the camper, and a number of other places.  Lost count years ago.

 

I am a lot like Larry, and between all of the different places I NEED to keep tools, it is a very, very large number, but:

How Many Wrenches Do You Really Need?

 

SEVERAL MORE THAN I ALREADY HAVE, AND SOME OTHERS WHICH I DON'T REALLY NEED, BUT REALLY DESERVE, AND OTHERS I'D "LIKE" TO HAVE !

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3 minutes ago, Rusty_OToole said:

Ask your wife how many pairs of shoes she needs.

 

A litigation specialist once advised:

Don't ask questions if you don't already know the answer!

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I have every size that I need from teeny weeny to stupidly huge. I have a box, in storage, full of excess wrenches. I tried to count my sockets a while back and lost count at over 300. Three drill presses, three band saws, multiple grinders, welders, lathes etc., etc.

Never met a tool that I didn't like

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When you got 4 drills and a radial drill 3 lathes one with DRO and a mill with auto & DRO all the way to an automatic tapping machine. Plus two sons that are asking their mother when is dad going to stop buying tools that they will have to dispose of one day. I bought a 3,000 Lb. welding table and a 350 pound anvil after that and sent some pictures to them by email. Have not heard a word since. I retired in 09 at the peak of the financial crises and hit all the factory bankruptcy auctions and had a blast.   

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I agree with Ben Bruce--inevitably I always need one more wrench than I have, usually for a specific, unusual purpose, and that I'll probably only use one more time in the next 5-10 years.

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17 hours ago, Rusty_OToole said:

Ask your wife how many pairs of shoes she needs.

that's what i thought too: there's never too much :D but that's a really good allergory. hi everyone btw, i'm new here :)

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3 hours ago, Conscideur said:

that's what i thought too: there's never too much :D but that's a really good allergory. hi everyone btw, i'm new here :)

Welcome to the forum!  Hope you enjoy our many and varied discussions.

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I lost track of the times I said "There, finally, I should have all the wrenches I could ever need."

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It also depends on how good you are at putting all your tools back when you are done.  I don't lend my tools out, except for a few very trustworthy people that probably have more than I in the first place, but tend to be in a rush to get things done and don't have enough clean up time, so they don't always get put away.  I know I have several 1/4 inch socket sets and ratchets but for some reason I don't even know if there is one complete one in my box right now. Same with wrenches and screw drivers.  Some day I'm going to have to really clean up so I can finally put everything back. 

I started at the door this winter and got a good 10 feet in.  Then off to another project and more tools scattered about. 

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Only answer I have is "I don't know" and is the answer to both "how many do you need" and "how many do you have". Each car has a kit, I like these where they fit (not in a SLK).

 

Then there are a couple of tool boxes I can't see the top and some I can. Wheels with tires I can stack 8 high, bare wheels I can't. And carts, some with drawers.. Guess I have enough box end ratchets now in SAE, Metric, and Whitworth. Have a 6" spark plug socket for DOHC engines. Know the feeling well, every time I clean even part of one garage it's like Christmas. Last time found a 5-speed manual trans forgot I had.

 

My problem is a lack of motivation

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My aunt bought me a 3 piece craftsman tool box set when I was 13. I thought I'd never fill it with tools. 19 years later and it weighs almost as much as a car and I'm needing to upgrade to something bigger. 

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I have just about every wrench I need both metric and SAE since my son bought his BIG multi drawer rolling tool box with wood top and has stocked it well.

I no longer have to hunt for mine as I put the ones I'm using back in there for fear I wreck our father and son relationship! :)

 

Funny how before he bought this thing, Dad's wrenches were never where I last put them... :rolleyes:

(Hmmm... guess I might have done that same thing to my Dad :o)

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