Instant wet tool extraction kit

During last weekend’s adventure of putting the boat on the trailer, I managed to drop a wrench (a closed end ratcheting box wrench) in the water. Perhaps it was due to my nervousness, maybe I was feeling a little bit clumsy, I don’t know. It just slipped right out of my hand. I felt pretty bad because it was Pete’s wrench, not mine

Fortunately the water was clear (unusually) and I could see the wrench laying on the bottom. It was a little too deep to reach down into water and get it, and a little too cold to jump in and get it, so I had to figure out another way. I had a boat hook and toolbox and a creative mind. Surely I could come up with something that could retrieve that socket!

The hook part of the boat hook was too big to fit through the socket. I had to find something smaller. Since I brought a bunch of bungee’s to tie the stays to the mast for transport I started thinking about how to use one.  Next I had to attach the hook of the bungee to the end of the boat hook. There were plenty of zip ties available so I grabbed one and yanked it tight. Now I had a handy-dandy instant wet tool extraction device!

In the picture below you can see a leaf sitting on the bottom. It was right next to the wrench. It was great to reach down and hook that socket wrench on the first try! The pictures below are from a reenactment. I retrieved the wrench so fast that it didn’t occur to me to take pictures until it was back on board. No wrenches were harmed in the filming of this important public service announcement.

Wrench Rescue

Wrench Rescue

Here is a close-up so you can admire the fine construction details that went into the making of this quality tool.

Wet tool retrieval device

Wet tool retrieval device

Pete grabbed it and gave it a quick freshwater rinse and put it back in his tool case. For some reason he didn’t let me use wrenches again that night.

Non-boat projects continue

The “Project that must not be named” continues.

We’re laying tile instead of putting carpet back in.  Besides just laying it in a basic square pattern, Mrs. CapnRehab wanted to add a little decoration to the side entrance.  What would you do to spruce up this area?

What to do to spruce this up?

What to do to spruce this up?

We’re using 16″ tiles, which is the max size my tile wet saw can handle. Naturally she wanted a diamond pattern, and when you do that you’re looking at almost a 23 inch cut. I had to freehand cut the tiles like this.  (By the way, this is another new tool for this project.)

Freehand diagonal cut

Freehand diagonal cut

 

Also, for what it’s worth, I don’t think I’ll ever go with ceramic tiles again.  Any tiny chip knocks off the surface layer, and shows the red clay backing material.  I’ve heard that porcelain doesn’t do that since it’s the same material all the way through.  I guess we’ll cross that bridge when it comes to it.

This was very much a colaborative effort, Mrs. CapnRehab did the design, I cut the tiles, Rehab jr. and Rehab son-in-law laid most of the tile.  I think it looks pretty good.

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Still have the grout to put in, and then there is work on the baseboards and door trim, and then… and then…

But the list is finite, and there is light at the end of the tunnel.  I’m reasonably sure it’s not a train.

I now own an angle grinder!

Craigslist strikes again!

I figured I would need one for the boat soon, so I’ve been on the lookout.  Finally and ad for two (large and small) showed up.  When I checked them out, the large one had a VERY bad vibration, so I just got the small one.  After the sale, the ad was re-posted saying it was in “very good condition”.  Craigslist is great, for buying and selling stuff – but be sure you’re not buying junk.  I’m happy with what I’ve gotten so far.

angle grinder

angle grinder