Tool nomenclature

I’m not an expert in the field of measuring tools, but I had to cringe the whole time I was drawing this comic, haha! Compared to what Sally did, using a flathead screwdriver for a Phillips screw is only a minor misdemeanor. Although I have to admit, when I’m in a pickle and don’t have the correct tool at hand, I have been known to improvise. There’s truth to this famous saying: Every tool is a multitool. You can use it for its intended purpose or as a hammer. I guess the difference between being MacGyver or a dunce is the awareness that you know how and why you’re abusing a certain tool.

I’d never use calipers like that, unless my life is threatened, though!


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3 comments on “Tool nomenclature
  1. JPKalishek says:

    For more cringe, use them as a Pin Spanner I’ll admit to using my cheap ones as a Scribe on Aluminum

  2. Karel A.J. ADAMS says:

    Everybody who has ever worked on mechanics – or electrics, or electronics, or hydraulics, or whatever – has misused tools, sooner or later. Like with many misdoings, the essential point is to have it unobserved, or to get away with it somehow. Sally could learn a few lessons, there.

    But as a staunch positivist, I prefer to offer kudos for the correct spelling of “Phillips” – above average score, well done!

    @JPK: for scratching alu, I use – for this once – the proper tool, “een kraspen” in my native Dutch. Isn’t it a “scriber” in English? Not expensive, but not every hardware shop carries them, these days.

  3. JPKalishek says:

    @Karel: Yes, I have some scribes/scribers lurking here and there (mostly with my leather tools) but this use was [turn to Motorcycle and measures center to center on something, scribe parallel lines on short bit of angle] and then a “10mm up should do” and [set calipers to 10, use as depth gauge]
    sad part is, after some fabbing and fettling, it isn’t going to work as well as I’d like, so now I am going a different route, and the new fittings arrived today.

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