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Flag on the field
How many times have you dropped a tool when working on your campsite, or even in your back yard?
I can’t count the amount of tools that I have lost or that later I have found damaged from days or weeks of exposure. Losing an important small tool while working on your car can turn an otherwise routine chore into a miserable affair. My dad actually taught me a nifty trick that he used to keep his tools from getting lost that it is extremely simple and inexpensive.
The simplest way to keep your tools from getting lost is to attach a piece of brightly colored duct tape to your tool. This process is called flagging.
My dad would actually flag his tools with different colors, red for metric, orange for standard, yellow for specialty tools, etc. The duct tape is inexpensive, with its only flaws being that it looks tacky and will peel off fairly quickly.
A few years back we actually found a product called plastidip. It’s a bit more expensive, but will actually put a rubber coating on the tool that won’t peel off like duct tape does.
It was originally intended as a way to make metal tools much more slip resistant. All you have to do with this Plastidip is drop the end of the tool into the mixture, pull it out and allow it to air dry
This is a simple process that will save you a ton of time if you find yourself to be a bit of a butterfingers (like I am).
Flagging my tools keeps me from spending minutes or even hours looking for a tool lost in the grass and having to backtrack everywhere I had gone to find it.
You can also use it to coat the teeth of pliers to help keep them from damaging nuts and bolts.
I have seen several other “Out of the box” uses of plastidip, such as putting a small amount on socks and shoes to make them slip resistant. What would you use it for?