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Online J.A.F.E.

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #45 on: August 25, 2019, 01:42:31 PM »
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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #46 on: March 20, 2020, 02:53:33 PM »
Just found another button puller at a pawn shop. Boye' brand, made in Germany. Should be great for reaching through small holes in sheet rock to grab those pesky small thermostat wires!

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #47 on: March 21, 2020, 12:08:42 AM »
That may not be a button tool,with that lever.  Looks like a latch hook tool, made for making rugs , crafts, popular in the 80s.  Looks like it would make a good wire puller

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #48 on: March 21, 2020, 10:05:27 AM »
Yes, latch hook "tool"  I remember my Wife doing those when we first got married.  Also, I think Boyle is a yarn/floss company.

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #49 on: March 21, 2020, 11:17:27 AM »
Yeah, after mentioning it to the Mrs. she informed me it was a latch hook. Still sold:

https://www.simplicity.com/simplicity-storefront-catalog/our-brands/boye/ergonomic-curved-latch-hook-steel/

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #50 on: March 21, 2020, 11:25:08 AM »
Need a rubber plug for something? Try wine "corks"!

Most newer ones are rubber, and come in handy for all sorts of jobs. Found a whole box at a thrift store, so I grabbed a handful. Installed one on the back porch door as a door stop to prevent the door from hitting the brick wall. Works great! And if it eventually wears out, cheap to replace!
Also could work on the end of a walking stick, and vibration reducing shims.

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #51 on: March 22, 2020, 07:03:08 PM »
I've recently had to use the ole "sticking toothpicks into a hole in wood that's enlarged so much the screw will no longer grab" trick. I hear stick matches work for this, too.

I really am not much good with wood so any carpenters or furniture tricks would be appreciated.

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Re: old timer's tricks, hacks and cobbles that worked
« Reply #52 on: March 22, 2020, 07:29:55 PM »
Chop sticks make pretty good screw hole plugs.