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Old 02-24-01, 08:57 PM   #1
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I found this aphorism regarding basic tools jotted in the page margin of a radio service manual from my long-ago Motorola days. I translated it to english, so I hope it makes sense:

"An open-end adjustable wrench makes a better hammer than a hammer makes an open-end adjustable wrench."

So, if you only have money for ONE tool, you now know which one to buy.
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Old 02-25-01, 10:05 AM   #2
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Excellent!!!!!

Here's more truth-

Never use pliers where a wrench is intended.

Always grease your threads never grease your,(BB spindle), flats.
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Old 03-30-01, 12:44 PM   #3
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A tool I am never without is my pocket comb. After using "irons" to pry my tire off the rim when changing a flat, I stick my comb in there and "zzzzzip," off comes the tire. My comb is very gentle to my tire beads.

And I really like those jazzy dark streaks in my hair...

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Old 03-30-01, 03:10 PM   #4
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The best tool in terms of cost of tool/cost of damage tool can do if used incorrectly just has to be a little plastic spoke key.
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