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Old 05-28-2008, 08:02 PM
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dad passed and left a garage full of tools

Hi,
My father passed away recently and had a lifetimes worth of tools in his garage. He built VW engines and kept all five of us girls in wheels that way. He was also in special investigation division in the service as well as tech security division of the Secret Service and has tools for that type of work also.

I just unearthed another Halliberton briefcase made specifically for the technical security work. Each tool had a place cut from foam and these were layered on top of each other in the briefcase. It had everything from wrenches, screwdrivers, soldering iron, and much more. All of the tools are "ExceLite" brand and all have rubber handles (to prevent shocking due to type of work).

The problem I am having is the foam completely desintegrated and is stuck on the tools and really stinks. How do I clean this foam off and will it get rid of the stink?

Also, I want to make sure I have a good tool box put together since it's just me and my son so if anyone has the time to list the most important tools for me I would appreciate it. If I come across some old tools I can't identify I would be happy to send photos. I've taught myself a bit in order to fix up and renovate Dad's house so don't list just a "girlie" toll box list.
Trust me he has just about everything out there so I wanted expert advice before my sisters let their young adult son's have at the tools.

Thank you in advance. diane

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Old 05-29-2008, 07:34 AM
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Welcome to Hotrodders....best to ask in the Garage and Tools forum....but you might try some alcohol to clean the foam off.
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welcome.......I am going to move this to the tool forum, you will get answers there.........
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Welcome,,sorry about your Dad ,,,,maybe carb or brake cleaner
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Try GooGone first, it's less likely to eat the plastic.

It's made for removing adhesive from things...
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Go to any automotive paint store and get pre-cleaner solvent. This is used to wipe the grease and wax off of cars before painting. It smells exactly like GooGone, but is less expensive. It does not damage most paint or plastics, but test a small corner to be sure. I use this stuff all the time to remove adhesive residue and similar sticky materials with much success.
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Go to any automotive paint store and get pre-cleaner solvent. This is used to wipe the grease and wax off of cars before painting. It smells exactly like GooGone, but is less expensive. It does not damage most paint or plastics, but test a small corner to be sure. I use this stuff all the time to remove adhesive residue and similar sticky materials with much success.
great idea
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Sorry to hear of you loss. If it were me i'd keep all the wrenches, sockets /ratchets, screwdrivers, a few hammers, a compressor and any air tools, and a few special items like pullers, measuring instruments, gauges, etc. Also keep a big tool box to store them in. Any thing that was related to security, talk over with your sisters and maybe sell on E-bay.
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As far as the smell - once you have them cleaned off - I'd try baking powder and let it sit on the tools for a while then clean them off again - the baking powder should absorb the smell.
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