For some people it's coins, for others it's frequent flyer points or compliments. I even know a retired minister who collects railway dogs. But for me, it's always been tools.
In contrast to my Dad, who considered that every tool he owned was a hammer, I'm on a quest to find the right hammer for the job.
So it was with much fanfare that I recently welcomed three new tools to the fold.
Air powered riveter
There are approximately 2,000 rivets in the ceiling of our house – all installed by me, by hand with a lowly Bunnings hand rivet gun. By the end of each day it was a two handed job to pop rivet. Imagine my surprise when a friend mentioned to me recently that he had an air powered rivet gun. I hadn't known such things existed! Suffice to say that within days of that conversation I bought one.
Conclusion: I wish I'd had one 2,000 rivets ago.
A box and pan brake
So, I was in the market for some weatherproof covers for my water pumps. At around $160 each I wondered if there was a DIY option that didn't look like a recycled compost bin. And yes there is, if you have a box and pan brake.
There's a 3 minute demo of one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4RWkf7eo1g&t=9s
Conclusion: It's brilliant (and no, you can't borrow it).
"A cleco, also spelled generically cleko, is a temporary fastener developed by the Cleveland Pneumatic Tool Company. Widely used in the manufacture and repair of aluminum-skinned aircraft, it is used to temporarily fasten sheets of material together, or to hold parts such as stiffeners, frames etc together, before they are permanently joined. Clecos are installed in holes predrilled through the workpieces (usually holes intended for permanent fasteners installed later). They expand on the far side of the workpieces and then draw and clamp them together while maintaining the desired alignment and preventing distortion of the pieces."
There's a 1 minute demo here if you're keen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hYpEfo_OSKI
Conclusion: You can never have too many clekos.