Wednesday, March 24, 2010

HWY 288 Wire Cutters Revisited

If there is one tool I don't need it's a diagonal wire cutter.  I have at least 6 or more, I've found at least 3 in the past 5 years and like screwdrivers I don't bother picking them up unless I'm really bored or the opportunity is too easy to ignore.  Such was the case when I picked up this wire cutter.  I reported my find in an earlier post, but I had no real desire to stop and pick it up on a dangerous piece of Hwy 288.  As luck would have it traffic was really bad for almost a week and I picked up several tools in a weeks time including this wire cutter.

There are no markings on this tool, but it was probably used by an electrician or apprentice at one time since the handles were double insulated.  The blades are in excellent condition.  There was a little surface rust on the handle due to recent rain, but I cleaned and oiled the metal so the rust seems to have abated.  Hopefully I won't find another wire cutter any time soon.  I'll count and report the true total some time in the not too distant future.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Hwy 280 Socket Sightings

On the way home from work, I spotted several loose sockets on the side of  Highway 288.  I don't usually go home this way, but I use this route for three weeks every year in March due to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. While the rodeo is in town my usual route home becomes too congested and adds too much time to my commute.  Since I have a  full socket set and lots of extras I probably won't stop to pick them up even though they could be obtained with little exposure to danger.

The sockets are located beneath the Yellowstone overpass on outside shoulder of HWY 288 South.  There were as many as 7 sockets lying across a 40 foot expanse.  Someone will be unhappy with this loss. If I do stop and pick them up I'm hoping they are Snap-on sockets.  I've never found any Snap-on tools (because they are expensive so people really take great pains to protect them).

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Pierce Elevated Screwdriver Sighting

I spotted this screwdriver while driving home from work.  The screwdriver was located on Interstate 45 just past the end of the Allen Parkway on ramp and underneath the West Dallas overpass. The screwdriver appeared to be a Phillips head screw driver with a black plastic handle about 6 inches in length.  It was lying on the inside shoulder and would have been impossible to stop for even if the rules didn't forbid it.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Long Handled Diagonal Wire Cutters - Glenn Lakes Lane

On the way home from church I spotted these long handled Diagonal Wire Cutters.  The cutters where  lying on the right side of the north bound lane, 75 yards south of the intersection of Mission Valley Drive and Glenn Lakes Lane.

This tool has been well used.  The blades have significant gaps and very little cutting area left to use.  In addition there is significant surface rust even after cleaning and oiling this tool. Until now I have not found a long handled wire cutter.  This is a unique find even though the tool is practically useless.  I'll keep these around because they will be usefull in cutting corroded wires etc..,