RotoMetals2WidenersRepackboxADvertise here
Lee PrecisionInline FabricationTitan Reloading

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast
Results 1 to 20 of 64

Thread: Pickup ate my socket

  1. #1

    Pickup ate my socket

    I have a ‘06 Sierra half ton pickup with a 5.3l engine that needed a new water pump today. Pretty easy job, but the wind was blowing about 25 mph on a 40 degree day in the shade. Still pretty nice weather for January in Wyoming. Anyways, had a lower radiator hose being a bear and took quite a bit of persuading to get loose. I had a rack of sockets sitting on the air filter housing and as I was leaning over the tools to position myself to get full torque with my grip, I got her loose, but the 20mm socket came off the rack and I never found it. After some time, I had to admit, it was gone

  2. #2
    Boolit Master



    DCP's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    The LAST State to allow Conceal Carry -The new 5O
    Posts
    2,630
    Go back tomorrow and try again.
    LOYALTY ABOVE ALL ELSE, EXCEPT HONOR

    "Peace is that brief glorious moment in history, when everybody stands around reloading." -- Thomas Jefferson

    "The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
    Theodore Roosevelt

    NRA
    BENEFACTOR LIFE MEMBER

  3. #3
    Boolit Master chsparkman's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Location
    Woodbridge, VA
    Posts
    603
    Sounds like my adventures in mechanics. Something always goes wrong.

  4. #4
    Banned

    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Posts
    2,185
    likely rolled down the frame rail. dropped a header bolt down one once. a few years later when it was time to upgrade engines in the hot rod again, there it was, stuck between the body and frame.

  5. #5
    I lost a 15mm socket in the front of an Escort or Tempo when I worked at a Ford dealer about 35 years ago.

    I wondered if that car 'developed' a rattle that wouldn't go away.



    Sent from my SM-G935U using Tapatalk

  6. #6
    Boolit Buddy

    WheelgunConvert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2017
    Location
    Watson Louisiana
    Posts
    255
    Quote Originally Posted by wulfman92 View Post
    I have a ‘06 Sierra half ton pickup with a 5.3l engine that needed a new water pump today. Pretty easy job, but the wind was blowing about 25 mph on a 40 degree day in the shade. Still pretty nice weather for January in Wyoming. Anyways, had a lower radiator hose being a bear and took quite a bit of persuading to get loose. I had a rack of sockets sitting on the air filter housing and as I was leaning over the tools to position myself to get full torque with my grip, I got her loose, but the 20mm socket came off the rack and I never found it. After some time, I had to admit, it was gone
    Couple suggestions. Use a penlight in near total darkness..it lets you be very deliberate with the beam and you might catch a reflection. Also, Try a flashlight color other than white can also be useful.

    Good luck
    Stronger, Prouder and Greater!

  7. #7
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Apr 2016
    Location
    NC
    Posts
    1,147
    You’ve obviously failed to sacrifice a sufficient number of 10mm sockets in the past few months.

  8. #8
    Boolit Buddy

    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Callicoon, NY
    Posts
    438
    I swear some of my tools went through escape & evasion training!!!

  9. #9
    Boolit Master


    Omega's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2014
    Location
    Clarksville, TN
    Posts
    1,029
    So one day I was finished working on my truck, and accidentally dropped my tool case and flipped a few sockets onto the grass, but when I finished picking them up I ended up with like 8 extra sockets. They were craftsman too, but from a different set. Never found out where they came from, nearest I could tell, someone else must have been fixing their vehicle in the same spot right before me. I still have them in a baggie, in case I ever find out who dropped them, I'm just glad my lawn mower didn't find them first.
    "Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it."
    ~Pericles~

  10. #10
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Location
    southern MO
    Posts
    2,781
    I am constantly losing things. It drives me nuts until I find it. I hope you run across that socket soon and it is safe and sound where you left it.
    Mark 5:34 And He said to her (Jesus speaking), "Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace and be healed of your affliction."

  11. #11
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Posts
    4,374
    I was watching a guy when he dropped a bolt down the distributor hole of a 427 Chevy in a 1966 Chevelle.
    He had to pull the engine to get the pan off.
    EDG

  12. #12
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Communism closing in!
    Posts
    3,141
    Look at the trouble we get into without really trying!!

    A fellow who used to work at our ranch used to always exclaim he wished he had a “pair of eye balls on a stick”! Well, folks, you can trundle down to Harbor Freight and buy them now a days!

    Just a thought.

    Three44s
    Quit fretting about climate change. It’s how much stronger gravity is getting every day that is bothering me!

  13. #13
    Boolit Master Bazoo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2013
    Location
    Cecilia, Kentucky
    Posts
    3,316
    Might check on the shelf the radiator sets on if you haven't already.

    I was tinkering on a car once, we got done and took it for a test drive. A while after we got back, I realized my leatherman tool was missing. I went out and looked under the hood and there it was laying there. Nothing holding it in place. I thanked God for it as it was my granny's tool before it was mine.

  14. #14
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2006
    Location
    Kaneohe, HI
    Posts
    3,822
    Do what a damacrat would do.
    Drop another one, in the same place, to see if you can find the first one.
    If you still can't find it, drop another.
    Keep on doing it until you get the results you want.

  15. #15
    Vendor Sponsor


    DougGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    just above Raleigh North Carolina
    Posts
    5,542
    Quote Originally Posted by JimB.. View Post
    You’ve obviously failed to sacrifice a sufficient number of 10mm sockets in the past few months.
    Ahhhh yes the sacrificial 10mm.. I actually buy several 10mm combination wrenches and place them strategically so that I am able to find one before my BP goes through the roof after about the 3rd lap around all common places I usually see one.

    I had a metric socket set in my vehicle for the longest time, missing one of the smaller sockets, I kept an eye out for it but never found it. I had ASSUMED it was a 10mm just by their association with Murphy, (Of Murphy's Law fame) and I ebayed one. Lo and behold, the postman brings the lowly 10mm socket, and I go to replace the missing socket, to my surprise, IT'S NOT A 10mm AT ALL! It's an 11mm!! Now this just confounds all logic to me, but I digress, I gave in, one cannot have too many 10mm sockets and wrenches it's impossible to do, so now I have a full set of sockets again, and Murphy gets a reboot and a restart on which 10mm socket he will cause me to misplace. The original one or the "replacement."

    Got a .22 .30 .32 .357 .38 .40 .41 .44 .45 .480 or .500 S&W cylinder that needs throat reaming? 9mm, 10mm/40S&W, 45 ACP pistol barrel that won't "plunk" your handloads? Shoot me a PM! Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cylinderhone-756429174391912/

  16. #16
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Jul 2013
    Location
    barry s wales uk
    Posts
    1,916
    teaspoons go to the same place.

  17. #17
    Boolit Grand Master






    Lloyd Smale's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Location
    munising Michigan
    Posts
    15,406
    cut the hoses. If the water pump is being replaced its silly to reuse the old hoses. There probably tired too after near 15 years.
    Soldier of God, sixgun junky, Retired electrical lineman. My office was a 100 feet in the air, closer to God the better

  18. #18
    Boolit Master poppy42's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Virginia
    Posts
    589
    If I had a nickel for every socket wrench I lost while working on numerous vehicles I’d be a rich man today
    Long, Wide, Deep, and Without Hesitation!

  19. #19
    Boolit Master
    Join Date
    Feb 2007
    Location
    Communism closing in!
    Posts
    3,141
    We planting small tools in our hay fields ..... not even once have a single one sprouted babies!

    We keep waiting .... as hope springs eternal!

    Three44s
    Quit fretting about climate change. It’s how much stronger gravity is getting every day that is bothering me!

  20. #20
    Boolit Master


    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    Northern Michigan
    Posts
    3,965
    Dropped a 10mm wrench working on my old Mercedes. Never could find the darn thing. Frustrating when it happens
    Don Verna

    NRA Endowment Member

Page 1 of 4 1234 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check