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Old 07-29-2007, 09:45 PM   #1
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Welcome to "Toolaholics Anonymous".

Please stand up and tell us your name and how you first came to be an addict. I'll start...

Hi,

I'm 2ndGen and I'm a Toolaholic.

(The board responds "Hi, 2ndGen.")

I first started by playing with the wooden roofing brackets my father would store home. They were like fire engine trucks without the wheels to me. Then I came across his folding ruler with that brass extension. Then my need grew to my sneaking his hammer away and nailing 10D nails into trees at 5.

Before I knew it, I was hooked. When I was on my own, I'd max out my cash buying whatever gadget came along. Got so bad that I eventually began to clean my tools everyday after work. No, I mean really bad, I mean literally sitting in front of the TV polishing my roofing hatchet until it gleamed and leaving my roofer's knife so clean that it looked like I just picked it up from the store.

I knew I needed help when I could'nt walk out of Home Depot without emptying my pockets.

I've been ok. My friends had an intervention with me. I'm broke today, but my wharehouse if full of equipment. I haven't bought a new tool now in two weeks (Last tool, a Stiletto 8.5oz Cat's Paw Claw).

I take it one day at a time.



(Although I do have a new Stiletto Titanium Ti16 Framing Hammer waiting for me at the local Western Tool Supply under their counter...they "know" me there and hold what I want)

Ok, guys...don't be shy. Stand up (cyberly speaking that is), tell us your name and how you came to be a Toolaholic.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:06 AM   #2
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Hi, I'm Mac (Hi Mac) and I'm addicted to boobs.

Oops, sorry, I thought this was a meeting for T & A Anonymous!

Couldn't resist...should have, but couldn't...

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Old 07-30-2007, 01:27 AM   #3
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No Mac,

There's no judgement here.
You're in a safe place.
This is a nuetral enviroment.
Share.
Share your feelings with us Mac.

Oh, I almost forgot..."Hiiiiii Maaaccc."

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Hi! My name is firemike, and I am a toolaholic!

I started when I was young. My grandfather owned two machine shops and some heavy equipment. He also owned a 1,200 acre ranch up north. He came over from the old country and was definetly old school - you wanted to stay at his house or eat his food, you earned it. Working in the shop, cutting firewood, shoveling sand, working the fields, washing equipment, etc.

Tools were a way of life, working on equipment, the buildings, the cabin, trucks, etc, and I learned (sometimes the hard way) to use tools correctly. I remember helping him or my uncles in the shops, and by the time I was 6 or 7, I was plowing fields on an old Farmall "M" with a three bottom plow. Started helping with digging ponds at 11 or 12 years old.

I was probably the only kid in school that could weld (pile on the bead actually, but got better with time though) in the 3rd grade. I have been around tools all my life, and can't pass up a good tool that will save time or effort.

It is my one true vice, as I don't drink, smoke, use drugs, visit strip joints, etc. I know, b-o-r-i-n-g! I used to have some heavy equipment (backhoe, skidsteer, trailer) but sold them, got tired of not being able to find good workers and having to deal with the problems the morons that did want to show up caused. Now I stick to smaller jobs.

My wife hates it when I go to the trade shows as I come home with a new batch of tools. I have a 2 car garage full, two sheds, and have other equipment I keep in my daughters barn, and a friends barn.

Well, I feel better now, they say admitting the problem is the first step towards a cure (but I don't really want to be cured....) Like 2ndgen, no matter what I need or how big a hurry I am in, there is always a trip through the tool area at the lumber yard, wholesaler, HD, or Lowes to see what's new, or get something I really don't need but have to have. Oh Lord, Please help me.....
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:04 AM   #5
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It is my one true vice, as I don't drink, smoke, use drugs, visit strip joints, etc. I know, b-o-r-i-n-g!
That's ok, man, I'll cover for you (see post #2 above)!

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Hi! My name is firemike, and I am a toolaholic!

I started when I was young...see what's new, or get something I really don't need but have to have. Oh Lord, Please help me.....
Hi FireMike.

Remember, one day at a time brother.

The first step "is" admitting that you have a problem.

There are very promising advances in modern science now that are being developed. It's been discovered, that Toolaholics suffer from a disorder called "CavemanStickAndStonusBuildus", were we cannot detach our instinct to build, to create, to improve our surroundings...it has been traced back to the initial use of sticks and rocks to hunt, to cut, to bang things together.

One day, there'll be a cure for our condition (Oh Gosh! I hope not! LOL)
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That's ok, man, I'll cover for you (see post #2 above)!

Mac
Thanks Mac, I knew I could count on my TA brothers to cover for me through these difficult times...

Thanks for the encouragement 2ndGen!


Just want you both to know I will be there for you too!
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I've been thru three trades now, and I own a side business that manufactures stock car chassis', I have spent enough in tools to pay for my house and three acre lot twice. The tool box in my garage cost me eight grand, empty.
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Old 08-01-2007, 07:23 PM   #9
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Hiiiiiiii Killlerrrrr.

Welcom brother.
You're amongst friends here.
Have to confess guys,
I'm getting that itch again.
I'm definately going to drop about 1/2 my rent next week on tools.
I think that I've averaged about a thousand bucks a month over the past 3 months. That's why I'm broke today. Again.

But, I promise I'll stop...next week is my last time!

No need for an intervention guys.

I promise...no more after next week!

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My Snap on dealer dropped by yesterday afternoon, to drop off a ratchet I had given him for repair, we get to talking and he says "say have you seen this yet?" Snap on offers a self darkening weldor's mask with a variable shade feature, just dial in the darkness you want it and strike an arc.

Suffice it to say the $400.00 dollars was added to my account on the Snap on truck.
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My Snap on dealer dropped by yesterday afternoon, to drop off a ratchet I had given him for repair, we get to talking and he says "say have you seen this yet?" Snap on offers a self darkening weldor's mask with a variable shade feature, just dial in the darkness you want it and strike an arc.

Suffice it to say the $400.00 dollars was added to my account on the Snap on truck.

There is help, but in your case you might need a professional rehab to get a solid foundation first....
um...are you even gonna use the thing??
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There is help, but in your case you might need a professional rehab to get a solid foundation first....
um...are you even gonna use the thing??
I'll use it everyday, I build race car chassis, they involve a lot of welding.
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Hi my name is jiggyjack and I'm a toolaholic,


I first realized I may be a Toolaholic when I stared buying the Misses tools because she was using mine. It makes me crazy when someone other than me or my crew touches my tools.

It started small with screwdrivers and such but quickly escalated to buying Hammer-drills and cordless nailer's for her just in case she may need them. She keeps begging me to stop buying but I just can't!!!!!!

I'm so glad theres is a place wher I can get help.
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Hi, I'm Mac (Hi Mac) and I'm addicted to boobs.

Oops, sorry, I thought this was a meeting for T & A Anonymous!

Couldn't resist...should have, but couldn't...

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What? They are tools, in a manner of speaking.
I am also Mac and I've been addicted to tools (&BOOBS) for a very long time.
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Old 08-08-2007, 11:42 AM   #15
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Hi my name is jiggyjack and I'm a toolaholic,


I first realized I may be a Toolaholic when I stared buying the Misses tools because she was using mine. It makes me crazy when someone other than me or my crew touches my tools.

It started small with screwdrivers and such but quickly escalated to buying Hammer-drills and cordless nailer's for her just in case she may need them. She keeps begging me to stop buying but I just can't!!!!!!

I'm so glad theres is a place wher I can get help.
Hiiiiii Jiggy.

Don't worry brother we're all here for you.



(Now, if you ever needed to unload your tools to save your marriage, I can help you there too. I'll even bring someone to load up my van)
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Boobs
What? They are tools, in a manner of speaking.
I am also Mac and I've been addicted to tools (&BOOBS) for a very long time.
Boobs=
But tools equal=

Almost forgot....Hiiiiii Mac.
You wouldn't happened to be related to a fella by the name of "Mac Tools" would ya?

LOL
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Hi all, my name is Peter and I'm a toolaholic.

I first realized I'm a toolaholic when I would come home from work, unload my tools onto my garage floor, make a cup of coffee and spend a couple of hours cleaning and organizing my tools.

I could not enter into HD without quietly thinking how I could rob them or hijack one of their trucks. I would walk the aisles, looking for items, but quietly I'd be wondering "where are they weak and how could I hit them up".

I couldn't drive past a construction site without pulling over and staring at the bobcats and trucks hauling dirt and imagining them in my fleet.

I could lend people hundreds of dollars and not harass them to get my money back, but if Jim next door had my hammer for more than a day I couldn't sleep until I knew the hammer was back in my box.

I sometimes sit at my desk when I have no work and draw plans for a storage unit (that I don't own) and arrange all of my trucks and tools on paper.
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Hi, my name is DrewD

About 5 1/2 hours ago I walked into my local Lowes and purchased the Dewalt DW744x Table Saw with a free circular saw. Immediately when I got home I ordered the Side and Outfeed supports and a new blade for it.

Before this I was 3 weeks clean. I hadn't even been in a tool store until this last weekend it was too much.

I can resite from memory nearly the entire Dewalt tool line up by code number. Including accessories. In the past year I have bought nearly $5,000 worth of tools for myself.

That feels so good to get it off my chest.
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I'm ray, and I just bought another hilti te55...

REHABS FOR QUITTERS!!!!!!!!
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Old 08-13-2007, 08:28 PM   #20
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I don't think I have a problem....

The other night I had to clean out all the construction debris, material and tools from my 2nd flr. It's undergoing a complete remodel. Anyway, I get all the construction materials and debris stowed away and I'm left with my tools. I have some shelving I use to store my tools when I am using them...the shelves were bare ~ all the tools "out"...plumbing, carpentry, electrical, drywall, painting, trim stuff, tile tools...everything but the gardening tools were upstairs. I started packing them onto the shelves. I wound up with 6 extra buckets/cases of tools.

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