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What simple tools are really good at doing their jobs?

Asked by janbb (59198points) 3 months ago
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I’m thinking about my fly swatter at the moment. Those damned flies never see it coming.

What other simple household tools or pieces of equipment do you love?

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longgone's avatar

Rubber spatulas, when they’re well designed.

flutherother's avatar

Keys are pretty good at giving easy access to your property while keeping others out.
PS Have you ever tried an electric fly swatter. It is great for mosquitos.

janbb's avatar

@flutherother Like zappers that they hang outside?

ragingloli's avatar

Bollock Daggers, really good at stabbing bollocks.

janbb's avatar

Well, I did post it in Social!

flutherother's avatar

No, it’s like a tennis racket with batteries. It fries the mosquitos instantly.

rebbel's avatar

Linesmen, in soccer games; they get better and better, the last decade.

canidmajor's avatar

Basic kitchen knife. So many uses beyond spreading peanut butter.

LuckyGuy's avatar

A length of 750 Paracord

A 100 ft roll costs ~$12 and it can be used for so many things. You can pull a car (or your neighbor’s zero turn radius mower) if it is stuck in a ditch. With a tensile strength of 750 pounds it can do a lot in a small, light package.
To get the full benefit, learn how to tie a taut line hitch. You’ll be glad you did.

smudges's avatar

A hole punch – 3 holes or single. Perfectly round confetti! ;)

LuckyGuy's avatar

@smudges When I was a kid I would play with “cap gun roll caps” and a hole puncher. If you used the hole puncher to cut the cap in half it would pop and make and make a nice spark.
My parents wondered why the hole punchers always got so dirty.

Inspired_2write's avatar

Scissors, can’t cut material with a knife as good as scissors.

smudges's avatar

^ LOL I remember doing that!

tedibear's avatar

Bottle openers and corkscrews.

raum's avatar

@LuckyGuy I used to say that I liked people who have string. It’s great for so many things. Yet not everyone has string.

Not surprised that you upped the ante to paracord. Haha

LuckyGuy's avatar

@raum I also have a few rolls of nanocord which is a small version of paracord. It is like a thick , strong thread.
I have black, white, camo, and orange and mostly use them to repair things or hold something together while epoxy sets up. I used a few short lengths of black to fix the bug zapper I have out by my pond. I hose it off into the pond every morning so my fish can have a good meal. All that water caused the supports that hold the grids in place to rust out and corrode rendering it useless. I tied the grids in place with nanocord and it works great. That thing will last forever now.

I used some long lengths of camo nanocord to dissuade a certain blue heron that visited my pond from enjoying some sushi. I made a few criss-crosses over the water and near the edge so his legs would get tangled. He did not come back and my fish are happy.

raum's avatar

That’s a clever solution for the sushi snacker!

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