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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

533. 6" long, someone sent in these photos, looking to identify this tool:


A brief description by the owner:
It has one or two parts that can be slid (using a fair amount of pressure), but squeezing the handles does not produce any movements. The large wire bow, with a coil at its base, and the smaller radius flat metal bow within it both are almost certainly springs.








534. 6-1/4" long





535. 3-1/8" tall


A view of the larger end:







536. Another close-up:





537. 30" long







538. 14" long







Answers

12 Comments:

  • 535. Car battery terminal cleaner. The end your looking at does the battery posts, under the removable top is a brush to do the cable ends.

    By Blogger pa-ter, at 12/15/2005 6:23 AM  

  • 533 A glazers point pusher with magazine.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2005 8:16 AM  

  • 537 A tool for lighting and adjusting gas chandeliers.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2005 8:18 AM  

  • 538 A Black & Decker Electric Screw Driver and Socket Wrench.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2005 8:23 AM  

  • 536. The coin return lever on a pay phone?

    By Anonymous Sawdust, at 12/15/2005 8:53 AM  

  • 534 looks like a breakway lead used in salt water angling.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/15/2005 9:37 AM  

  • 534. A homemade squid jig?

    By Blogger Roscoe, at 12/15/2005 2:11 PM  

  • >535. Car battery terminal cleaner...

    Correct

    >533 A glazers point pusher with magazine.

    Yes, thanks for helping solve this one

    >537 A tool for lighting and adjusting gas chandeliers.

    Correct

    >538 A Black & Decker Electric Screw Driver and Socket Wrench.

    Nope

    >536. The coin return lever on a pay phone?

    Yes

    >534 looks like a breakway lead used in salt water angling.

    Close

    >534. A homemade squid jig?

    Nope

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/16/2005 4:15 PM  

  • 538 OK so it's probably a Black & Decker Valve Grinder with the tip missing.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/16/2005 7:13 PM  

  • >538 OK so it's probably a Black & Decker Valve Grinder with the tip missing.

    Correct

    By Blogger Rob, at 12/16/2005 7:27 PM  

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    By Anonymous coin dealers, at 1/20/2006 10:22 PM  

  • hey on 538 it's a valve seat refacing tool i do this for a living

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 7:44 PM  

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