[mmr] Re: Question for the wrenches
- From: "LaGrua, Jeffrey Allen (Jeff) CIV USN NAVSURFWARCEN SLB CA (USA)" <jeffrey.lagrua@xxxxxxxx>
- To: "'mmr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx'" <mmr@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
- Date: Tue, 7 Jan 2020 00:34:37 +0000
In order of preference:
Snap-on (only if Mac doesn't have what I need) (I have a lot of Snap-on,
great tools but expensive)
Husky from Home Depot-good for medium duty
Harbor Freight good for occasional or one time use (don't buy for mission
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I can't add more to this, but speaking of hand tools, I have a favorite
You-Tuber, AvE - "Arduino vs Evil" - (
;) who does *great*
tool-teardowns (tear-ups?) wherein he takes tools and stuff apart and analyzes
build quality and predicts longevity ("skookumness") he has a hilarious style
and colorful (read: profane) 'shop-talk' vernacular which belie his
intelligence and world experience.
After that bridge collapse in Florida, a year ago or so, he posted a
post-mortem video ( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtiTm2dKLgU
;) a day or two
after it happened, wherein he analyzed the failure mode of the bridge from the
crappy surveillance camera and news media video/photos, and after the official
report was released, his analysis was borne out to be spot-on. He's a smart
dude. And he makes me laugh until I cry. (Zero P.C., and *DEFINITELY* NSFW)
If you want to see the teardowns, search for his BOLTR (Bored Of Lame-assed
Tool Reviews) videos
he also does a lot of "Make-Hand-Tools-Go-BOOM-With-A-Hydraulic-Torque-Wrench"
videos and analyzes their failure modes (ex:
;). Like Adam Savage says, "The Only
Difference Between Screwing Around and Science Is Writing It Down." He actively
abhors 'Shill Videos' and rips on EVERY tool maker, because they all cut
corners (and manufacture in China) now - he refers to these products as
He also does videos on machining/welding ('hot metal glue gun'), 'man cooking',
outdoorsy philosophical noodling, tear-downs of what he calls "Industrial Lego"
- aka the universal industrial components that Make-Things-Work - e.g. valves,
pumps, motors, ICS/SCADA, and the like. It really is a master class in How
Stuff Works(tm). I've literally watched all 500+ videos, over the last 7 years
and many of them more than once - did I mention he makes me howl with laughter?
He has multi-millions of subscribers and hundreds of millions of video views.
So much so, one of his followers created a crowdsourced lexicon website of his
unique vocabulary ( https://avedictionary.com
;). He is totally anonymous and
only shoots voice-over videos of the stuff he's working on and his
gesticulating hands. There's a worldwide hunt going on to try to discover his
identity and what he officially does for a living (Think Fake-Steve-Jobsian
type hunting). I for one hope he is never unmasked.
One of the funniest bits is him yelling ,"Errrrrrrrrrrr-CLICK!" when 'reefing
on a farstner' (fastener) with a non-torque-wrench, and screaming, "FOCUS YOU
FUUUUCK!" to his notorious, poorly autofocusing camera. It's a longtime running
joke at this point. He's from Cannuckistan - British Columbia to be exact - and
he is always warning his viewers, whom might be contemplating a vacation there,
"...it's horrible here! Stay the fuck away!!" - (usually in his outdoorsy
videos which exemplify BC's natural beauty).
Oh, and his icon is a venerable '555' chip with an angry blue flame coming out
of the top of it. It's good shit. :-)
Now back to my regularly scheduled cold-medicine-fueled-mania...
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