Documenting a tool on it’s way out of my shop. Rare as it is, I occasionally part with a tool. I decided to sell this micrometer because I haven’t reached for it in 10 years.

Starrett Micrometer #230


By no form of measure am I considered to have, use or embrace “engineering” skills. I recently bought a digital dial caliper to measure small things and I still can’t get an accurate reading on teeny tiny watch parts and whatnot. So, in the experience column we’re going to have to put none. Ok, ok.. every guy with a shop as complete as mine has and uses a micrometer from time to time. Thing about this Starrett No. 230 Micrometer.. I use a much older micrometer made by Brown & Sharpe mfg. that came in a L.S. Starrett velvet lined case.

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Fini Biscout Air Compressor Revisited

Tool: Fini Biscout Air Compressor – Revisited


I’ve already added my Fini Biscout Air Compressor to In that listing, I praised this  little compressor for running 20 years with no maintenance. A seeming anomaly in the modern world of motorized tools.

A year after I left my little compressor outside for the moth of January, I decided to restore it only to find it works perfectly… now 23 years ~ no maintenance~!!!

Hurricane Sandy split a large tree, half of which fell on that fateful October. The other half waited until 21 December, 2012 before it crushed a portion of my neighbor’s house. I used my trustworthy Fini Biscout to help reassemble the house in time for Santa’s visit. Job well done but.. cut huge tree out of bedroom and rebuild 25% of a house in two days must have frazzled my brain because I left my Fini Biscout compressor on that job site. …from 24 Dec… until I found it a moon later.. through many snow and rain storms. It was dead. Continue reading Fini Biscout Air Compressor Revisited