7 Ways To Organize Your Workbench and Tools

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As a guy, you accumulate a lot of tools. Problem is your workbench becomes a mess real fast. Here are some tips to get them in line.

  1. Stick all lose screws, bolts and nails in old oranges and potatoes.
  2. Hang all hammers from your belt.
  3. Pour old paint on the roof.
  4. Attach loose alligator clips to your ears.
  5. Keep screwdrivers and punches in the refrigerator.
  6. Buy a pegboard and write “Nobody knows what happened at the old mill but you!” on it in big letters.
  7. Use old peanut butter jars to store extra wires and small electronics. Leave 1/4 of the peanut butter in the jar to help the loose parts stay put.

Area Woman Tries to Find the Right Speed on a 3-Speed Fan

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An area woman struggled recently to find the right speed on a 3-speed box fan she keeps in the TV room. As Matlock reruns played on a high-number cable channel, she repeatedly shifted the speed knob on the fan from “L” to “M.”

“I got this dang thing at the home improvement store. I don’t know where it was made, but whoever it was definitely did not know how to set the speeds.” she said. “The slowest setting, ‘L,’ I guess stands for Low. But it’s more than low, it is almost non-existent.

“And then when you shift it to ‘M,’ is that Medium? Well, it’s too darn fast. For Pete’s sake, it’s blowing my crystalline figures right off my end table. For the love of all that good and right in the world, why can’t they make the speed match the settings?”

Area Man Discovers Concrete Bunker in Back Yard

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Vuve Klistoff found a concrete bunker with a tunnel entrance buried in his backyard.

“WHAT the heck is that thing?” he said to his wife.

“I mean, what THE heck is that thing?” he repeated.

“Seriously, what the HECK is that thing?” he persisted.

“Really, what the heck IS that thing?” he spouted.

“I have to know. What the heck is THAT thing?” he continued.

“I’m not kidding! What the heck is that THING?” he implored.

Man Finds Human Head In Vegetable Crisper

A man found a human head in his vegetable crisper yesterday. I called to find out how this happened.

“How did a human head get in your refrigerator?”

“I have no idea. It was in the crisper drawer. I never open the crisper.”

“So how did you find it.”

“Well, you could see something was in there because the floor piece of the fridge is translucent. I thought it was a big onion. I didn’t open it up with the head in there because I never open that drawer. Usually stuff is in there for 11 or 12 months before I just toss it.”

“Alright, are you just going to toss this head?”

“I think I better call the police and tell them. Maybe they have a special phone line with instructions on what to do.”

The Last Guy You Want to Invite to the Neighborhood Block Party

In the 1780s, French priest Yves-Michel Marchais told his congregation:

“The joys, the pleasures, the happiness of life are always dangerous and almost always fatal; the games, laughter and amusements of the world are like the mark of damnation and are gifts given to us by God in his anger. Whereas tears and suffering are the signs of God’s pity and a certain promise of salvation.”

– Parole de Dieu et Révolution. Les sermons d’un curé angevin avant et pendant la guerre de Vendée.

Gee, Yves-Michel, I don’t think you are going to enjoy our up coming neighborhood block party. We’ve got three kegs on order. Denny, the family dentist over on Woltham St., (he did all our kid’s braces) is even going to play some rock tunes with his garage band. You better stay home.

Good, You Cleaned the House Finally…Except You Missed These Areas

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Listen, you might feel good about cleaning the house, but the truth is you left a lot undone. Is this how you go through life — half-assing it? Well, cut it out and get these areas clean now.

Mop The Roof

Get up there with a mop and clean those roof shingles. What would your guests think?

Dust The Rafters in the Attic

Did you dust the rafters one by one? No? What’s the matter with you? You can’t keep taking shortcuts in life.

Sponge Off the Grass

Did you get up close to every blade of grass on the lawn and give them a nice sponging? Why not? Get out there and get to work.

Powerwash the Dog

Did you spray down the dog with a powerwash from the local car wash? It’s the only way that mutt is going to get clean.

Wipe Down The Underside of the Fridge

Did you lift the fridge with a jack and get under these with a damp cloth? Come on, friend, we all expect better of you.


You Can Never Have Enough Obscure Tools in the Garage

Stan has a lot of tools. Tons of tools. Tools you’ve never seen before.

“What’s this one?” I asked, holding up what looked like a giant leather stamper.

“That’s for hitting squirrels when you are working high on telephone poles.”

“Did you used to work on telephone poles?”

“No, that one was in the garage of a house we bought. But I might use it someday.”

“How about this one?”

“That’s a hook-crooker. You can use it to hook on to lines and slide down them during tornado emergencies.”

“Have you ever had any threats of tornadoes?”

“No, but statistically that means we are due.”

Not exactly, I thought.

“How about this thing-a-bob?”

“That’s a jerk wrench. You can use it do spinners on bolts that are construed figuratively rather than in-line.”

I had no idea what that meant. But if you need some kind of tool, Stan is the man.


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