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Old 01-10-2004, 04:23 PM
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I think I'm in the bleach crowd. Clorox generally wins this type of contest. No sort of rages or anything in the toolbox? Metal is generally not going to foster any stink.... what kind of tools are we talking about? wrenches and sockets? something with wood like hammers

personally I'm thinking of "dirty old men" when he puts the dead fish in the car....

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Old 01-15-2004, 02:14 PM
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i really dont think you smell the tools because i dont see anything living on metal. soak them all in gas anyway but i think the stink is in the tool box. which is probably metal too tho, but you could wash it in gas too then throw a match in it. if it's plastic just do the same and buy a new one.

aiint never smelled no smelley tools before but i smelled plenty o'smelly boxes!
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It's the plastic handles that start to smell. Certain screwdrivers and nutrunners that we have at work can really smell up a drawer in the toolbox. Some not too bad and some can be downright nauseating. The Clorox idea might mask it for awhile but I imagine it would come back after periodic use.

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Craftsman screwdrivers smell the worst. Some guys I used to work in a shop with said it is the plastic they use. You could try to remove it, but the smell will come back.

2 easy steps to avoid the smell:


1) Don't bring them out in polite company

2) What the H-E-doublehockystick are sniffing tools for anyway! (when I was in skewl kids sniffed only glue)
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Old 01-15-2004, 04:59 PM
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Stinking tools

It's the Craftsman screwdrivers. I have some that I got over 20 years ago and they have always smelled like puke. Don't have to worry about anyone borrowing them.
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Old 01-16-2004, 08:08 AM
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Have you tried washing/soaking them in VARSOL? Not too good for the hands, but works good on greased up parts and tools. Couldn't hurt.

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Old 01-16-2004, 09:07 AM
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Yea its a regular thing with that plastic on the handles AND it also infects the plastic trays in the toolbox. It don't ever go away. You just gotta clean them every so often (maybe 2-3 times a year?).

Couple things you can do...

-Clean the plastic handle tools, dry them in the oven on "warm" not "well done", then get a snap close sack to put them in. Then they'll only stink after a while and only when you open them.

-Use a toolbox with either metal trays and hardware, or the newer "tupperware" kind of plastic...but that develops its own kind of a stink too after a while.

-Clean out the "black fuzz" that gathers in everyone's toolboxes in the corners, and wipe the whole box down with alcohol.

-Sell the plastic handled tools and use wooden or fiberglass handled tools.

-Don't leave your toolboox open or out in the rain while you work. (Don't say you never do it either!)

-Don't use your screwdrivers to scrape grease (try a wooden-handled putty knife), and don't use solvents or cleaners that contain harsh petroleum ingredients on the plastic handles because this makes them start to "rot". I use alcohol or silicone electronic parts cleaner.

-Don't use your car tools to pick out belly button lint, or to scrape and clean other body openings. Don't use your car tools to cut your toenails, and if you do, be sure to throw out the cuttings from your toolbox. Better yet, use a toenail clipper. Plus if you check on eBay under "Medical Supplies", there is a whole lot of interesting special purpose stainless steel or surgical steel medical picks, cutters, and tools that you will have much more fun and success with on your body parts -- see guys its OK to use tools on your body...just use the ones that are made for it, and do it in the BATHROOM! (For those of you that are married your wives will thank you for not being gross with your tools.)

-Don't forget you gotta clean your tools and box more than once every two years.
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And refrain from scratching you're butt while handling your tool.
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Fabric softener sheets in the bottom of the trays to stink everything up real purty. Dan
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don't let your wife know

I have ran my tools through the family dish washer when my wife has gone shopping for several hours. Take them out and spray them down with Gibbs oil when done or they will rust in the crome chips. DON'T let your honey know or she'll cope an attitude. I know!
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I don't need no stinking tools....

If you find its the Craftsman tools - plastic handles or otherwise - take them back to the store and get replacements. They are lifetime guaranteed and if the smell is so bad you can't use them then I would call that a warrantable condition.
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Originally Posted by Deuce
When I lived in Charleston SC........the capitol of Heat & Humidity..........a friend who worked at a salvage yard had the same problem.

He put ALL of his tools in a plastic bucket filled with Clorox.

It killed everything bad.............Cheap too......




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tools that stink

Here is the definitive answer to most tools:
The smell of the Xcelite screwdriver handles is because they are made of a plastic known as cellulose butyrate. One of the components of that is butyric acid, which is the stench of rancid butter and vomit. So that's why they smell, decomposition. I've smelled real butyric acid, and oh my god does it stink to high heaven. (My high school chemistry teacher used some to punish some after-hours users of his classroom who left it a mess. Whole wing of the school stunk for weeks. PU!) I have a small Xcelite toolkit in a blow-molded case. We call it the "baby vomit toolkit."
By the way, I did soak them in Clorox overnight and the smell is still there. Its the Plastic that stinks.
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This thread is OLD, please check the last post date before replying.

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lacquer thinner for the metal and PPG DX330 for everything that has plastic????
Ah lacquer thinnier it can remidey about anything.
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