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Tongue-in-cheek toolbox terror

Problem: My tools often go missing from my toolbox. Is there anything that can be done about it?Solution: I tried a different solution to this problem, which is faced by most maintenance people at som...


September 1, 2002
By MRO Magazine
MRO Magazine

Problem: My tools often go missing from my toolbox. Is there anything that can be done about it?

Solution: I tried a different solution to this problem, which is faced by most maintenance people at some point in their careers. On the inside lid of my toolbox, I posted a sign: “Please help yourself to anything you need out of my toolbox. I will need someone to blame when I misplace my tools.” It seems to give those who would borrow my tools a second thought, and keeps things lighthearted.

Thanks for this tip, along with $35 and a Mr. O Problem Solver T-shirt, go to Dennis McIntyre, an electrician and millwright based in Port Colborne, Ont.

Cleaning sensitive electronics in control panels

Problem: We have a problem with breakdowns of electronic equipment in control panels in dirty plants.

Solution: It could be caused by the method used to clean the sensitive electronic components. Blowing out dirt using high-pressure air, or sucking it away with a vacuum, both can cause static electricity to build, which can damage components or circuit boards. The best solution is prevention by using clean filters on the vents to keep dirt out in the first place.

This tip was adapted from Let’s Solve Your Problem, a column in Electrical Apparatus. To enquire about a subscription, visit www.eamagazine.com.

Do you have a solution for a maintenance problem? Send it in and if it’s published, we’ll send you a free Mr. O Problem Solver T-shirt and $35.00. Include your address and telephone number, print complete details, and add a sketch to help explain your tip. Send your ideas to Mr. O, Machinery & Equipment MRO, 1450 Don Mills Rd., Don Mills, ON M3B 2X7.