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Offline rvieceli

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Does this happen to you?
« on: May 07, 2021, 05:00 PM »
I am constantly amazed at my professional level ability to put something away so I can find it again and then NEVER finding it.  [scared]

I am currently searching for a brand new Kutzall disk that should be somewhere in the shop. So far no joy, but I did find my Hello Kitty dry erase board.  [blink]

Oh well the shop’s not that big, so it should turn up.  [crying]

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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2021, 05:07 PM »
If I say no or never, it's a lie. [big grin]

Offline FestitaMakool

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2021, 05:19 PM »
It might take months, even years, it may even survive a home move..
the relief is that you will be gifted with two or even more than two in the future.. [embarassed]

It’s my nature to buy two identical items (considering it doesn’t cost too much..) if I find something unique or special to me. One is always kept prestine as a spare  [big grin]
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2021, 05:28 PM »
I've resigned myself to the Law of Small Objects - If I need a small object, I'd better buy two.  If I buy one, I'll lose it forever, but if I buy two, I'll never lose the first one and have a back-up forever.   [embarassed]
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Offline ChuckM

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2021, 06:17 PM »
Buying or having more than one identical small tool or item will work ONLY if you don't keep them together or they're in plain sight...DAMHIK! [big grin]

I keep many items in multiple quantity in my shop because I don't want to walk across the shop to get them, and they include: pencils, rules, squares, and tapes.
« Last Edit: May 07, 2021, 08:20 PM by ChuckM »

Offline shanegrilah

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2021, 07:49 PM »
I was going to ask this same question a couple weeks ago, but forgot.

Setting something down then performing another task and forgetting the location of the item next time I need it is constantly happening to me. Multiple tape measures, rulers, pencils, etc. help. It's really annoying when it's something I only have one of. Like the vacuum floor brush I've been looking for for several months. My shop is in the basement, only one exit and there is no one else here to blame.  Always a fun routine of mine to check the same spot over and over. Like the 7th time I check the same spot, it will suddenly appear there.

Another favorite is when I start to question whether I had something in the first place and it's just my memory inventing things. Things I haven't used in a while fall into this category. Plumbing parts for example. Thought I had a spare toilet flapper that I needed recently. Couldn't find it in the usual plumbing spares cabinet so had to go buy another one.

I question my mental capability more and more frequently.

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2021, 08:04 PM »
Three household moves later I struggle to find things that used to have a specific place. When we first moved I had 74 bins and tons of cardboard boxes. Now I have no idea what or where anything is. I always joke about walking around with two items in my hands trying to get them into a sensible location. I tend to spend hours a week doing so. Frustration abounds as I can't organize until I dig out our under house storage, for which I did buy a plate compactor today. *sigh* it is going to be a long time before I am fully organized with cabinetry built.

Offline Wayne CW

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #7 on: May 07, 2021, 08:31 PM »
The only thing i never lost in my shop was the table saw. 🤫
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Offline tsmi243

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #8 on: May 07, 2021, 08:44 PM »
"The fastest way to locate a lost object is to purchase a replacement"

Found on Garagejournal.com

Offline rst

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #9 on: May 07, 2021, 08:48 PM »
I once spent quite a few minutes looking for my tape measure after 7 hours of cutting aluminum, storefront extrusions, finally  found it in my left hand...closed up, went home had a couple beers.

Offline Imemiter

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #10 on: May 07, 2021, 08:52 PM »
Yes, to excess! I am constantly trying to remember where I put something so I wouldn't forget where I put it.
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Offline Mortiser

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #11 on: May 07, 2021, 08:55 PM »
The really frustrating thing is, that you find it in the last place you look.  [sad]
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Offline jimbo51

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2021, 09:02 PM »
The other day I bought some memory enhancing pills. Still trying to remember where I put them.

Offline DeformedTree

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #13 on: May 07, 2021, 09:43 PM »
The only thing i never lost in my shop was the table saw. 🤫

You need to find a bigger shop then

Offline Don T

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #14 on: May 07, 2021, 09:47 PM »
Go and look for another tool and that one will show up.  Guaranteed to show up if you go buy another one.
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Offline squall_line

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #15 on: May 07, 2021, 09:59 PM »
"A place for everything and everything in its place."

I was looking for my staplegun just under a year after moving.  Finally found it, but couldn't find the staples.  Eventually found the staples but then I couldn't find the staplegun.

I bought a Sys-Mini for my staplegun and I haven't misplaced it or the staples since.

There are only 2 or 3 places in the house that I will set my phone down if I'm not carrying it on me.  The only time I've had to have my wife call my phone to listen for the ringtone was when I put it down in a non-usual spot.

Offline ChuckM

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #16 on: May 07, 2021, 10:00 PM »
The other day I bought some memory enhancing pills. Still trying to remember where I put them.
I could probably find them, but I aint sure that my memory of the name of the pills was correct when I bought them! [tongue] 

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #17 on: May 07, 2021, 10:53 PM »
I bought a label machine, wish I know where I put it

Offline Peter_C

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2021, 02:39 AM »
I bought a label machine, wish I know where I put it
Oddly I know exactly where mine is. It was one of the hand carried two items at a time that found a proper home in one of my tools boxes. Just don't ask me where the spare ribbon paper for it is.

Offline Thompmd

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #19 on: May 08, 2021, 07:42 AM »
I call them Gumballs.... it’s similar to my memory. Someone tells me something and it goes into my memory but I have no idea where it went?? Remember the gum all machine when you put a quarter in, turn the knob hoping for a grape gum but you watch helplessly as a white gumball goes around .... same thing meaning you never know what’s coming out.

So every day is a new day.

Looking for things is kinda like Xmas, you never know what your gonna find until you unwrap.

I just read my response, looks like I’ll need another quarter
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Offline Sparktrician

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #20 on: May 08, 2021, 08:16 AM »
"The fastest way to locate a lost object is to purchase a replacement"

Found on Garagejournal.com

Well, that explains why I have three tea infusers...   [big grin]
- Willy -

  "Show us a man who never makes a mistake and we will show a man who never makes anything. 
  The capacity for occasional blundering is inseparable from the capacity to bring things to pass."

 - Herman Lincoln Wayland (1830-1898)

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #21 on: May 08, 2021, 08:51 AM »
About the only things I lose are pencils or the occasional tape measure. I generally keep two out, in use. One hanging off of my pocket and one at the chopsaw station. That one doesn't get a lot of use because I am a firm believer in the Kreg stop system. I have nearly 12' on the left and just over 6' on the right. That is also the one I point to when someone asks to borrow a tape, just in case it doesn't come back quickly.
Between the big mechanics box and all of the Systainers, I am pretty well organized. For the most part, I keep powertools in the original case, and they all have a specific place to be stored. The main exception to that is compact routers/laminate trimmers. They are grouped together in drawers.
Some people hate cases because they waste space. While I will admit that some are better than others, I like to keep them and use them. The ones I really dislike are the canvas bag style. They might keep things together, but they don't stack/store well or protect the contents like a hard box can.
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Offline Jeff Zanin

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #22 on: May 08, 2021, 10:24 AM »
My most recent episode involved a TS55 cement board blade which I bought using a Lee Valley gift card.  I anticipated needing it for a future project, and although I am happy to receive gift cards I always fret about losing track of them, so I use them as soon as possible.  The result was that I bought the blade months before the project.

The months pass, it is time to cut cement - where is the cement blade?  I have a dedicated Systainer for TS blades - it is not there.  It is not on the workbench, or in the Systainer with the TS55.  Or on the TS55.  Or anyplace else that I might keep saw blades.  Or anywhere in the workshop, which actually got a pretty good straightening-up as a result of this fiasco.

Days go by, no cement blade.  I even check my e-mails and find that yes, I did order one.  It is too expensive to just order another one, so the project is delayed.

More time goes by, for some reason it is necessary to move some papers sitting beside the printer in my office.  There is the blade, fresh in its box, under a sheaf of papers.

And now I remember why: I picked it up, it was not in a box or other store packaging, just the box the blade comes in.  I brought it into the house along with some other things which I brought to the office, and while doing something else I put the blade beside the printer "just for a moment".  Later I put papers on top of the blade, thinking "I'll take that to the workshop next time I go there..." - of course that never happened.

But I was very pleased to find the blade, the next day the cement cutting proceeded and it worked great.  And now it is put away properly where I will be able to find it next time.

Offline threesixright

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #23 on: May 08, 2021, 10:53 AM »
Guilty.  [blink]

I would take it one step further. Buying stuff I already bought  [embarassed]

Numerous times I thought to get organised. I ended up simply downloading for all tools the PDF manuals and organise it by brand.  So before I buy i check this folder. But that only takes care of the bigger tools, consumables is (still) a nightmare.


Offline Michael Kellough

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #24 on: May 08, 2021, 01:58 PM »
The really frustrating thing is, that you find it in the last place you look.  [sad]
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It would really be bad if you kept looking for it after you found it. See rst above.

Offline harry_

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #25 on: May 08, 2021, 04:07 PM »
The really frustrating thing is, that you find it in the last place you look.  [sad]
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Of course you found it in the last place you looked. Once found, why would you continue looking in more places?  [tongue]
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Offline dwillis

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #26 on: May 08, 2021, 05:31 PM »
I can't count the number of times I've misplaced a tool. Because my career required so many moves my tools would get packed up then partially unpacked or left in sealed boxes. For example I have half a dozen Vice Grips because every time I needed one and couldn't find it I bought another. Now that I'm retired and the boxes are getting opened and sorted (kind of like Christmas) my solution is using a lot of various sized clear plastic bins from the Container Store. Every item is sorted by like kind, hence a bin full of Vice Grips. But the end result is all of the tools and supplies have a home and all I have to do is pull a bin off the shelf and everything I need is in one place. They are called "Our Clear Storage Boxes" and come in a variety of sizes, made in the USA, and are made of polypropylene. Our Clear Storage Boxes
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Offline Alex

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #27 on: May 08, 2021, 05:45 PM »
Does this happen to you? Ha, of course, and worse, sometimes I am looking for my tape measure, getting frustrated that I can't see it right away while I know it's around, only to find out it's already in my hand.  [tongue]

Offline Crazyraceguy

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #28 on: May 08, 2021, 07:57 PM »
The really frustrating thing is, that you find it in the last place you look.  [sad]
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Rich

Of course you found it in the last place you looked. Once found, why would you continue looking in more places?  [tongue]
That is an often mis-quoted phrase. It is actually "in the last place you would look". Meaning that it is not likely that you would find your eyeglasses in the refrigerator. Literally the last place you would look.
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Offline Euclid

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Re: Does this happen to you?
« Reply #29 on: May 09, 2021, 02:02 PM »
... Meaning that it is not likely that you would find your eyeglasses in the refrigerator ...

That might be true in your house; however...
 [wink]