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The hardest thing for me to find to buy for the men in my life is stocking stuffers. They are all quick with suggestions for large items for their wish list, but it's the little things that I know they'll have forever that I have a hard time finding each year. Last year I had an epiphany and simply changed how I looked at these little gifts. Instead of trying to find a "special" gift that they would treasure, I aimed for practical gifts that they would use. My first consideration for the boys was to think about what they used every day when they lived at home. Then, I picked one of those items that I knew they didn't have that would still be useful. They all still have their stocking stuffers from last year and use them often, so it must have been a good choice. So this year, once again, I will consult the "junk step" for gift ideas.
What is unusual about our junk drawer isn't that we have one on a boat, it's that it lives in our step. The engine box was too far off the salon floor for the comfort of one of Eurisko's previous owner, so somewhere along the line she got a roughly-built but eminently-practical step. This thoughtful owner also made the step a storage space which we have filled over the past decade and a half with those items that when you need them, you need them NOW. The things you don't want to have to look for in a hurry live in the step. As you peruse the contents of this storage area, you may just find a gift idea or two of your own.
Some of the various tools in the step have specific purposes, others are just too handy to hide elsewhere.
Lutz 15-in-1 ratcheting screwdriver (last year's stocking stuffer for our boys)
needle nose pliers
a pair of dikes
a few adjustable wrenches (one of which is perfect for changing the propane tank hose)
Robo grip pliers
4-in-1 hardware store (disposable) screwdriver that we don’t feel bad for beating on when necessary
frearson screwdriver (just because)
a small screwdriver with various bits for disassembling toys and electronics
Sea Foam Deep Creep
P. B. Blaster
battery terminal spray
Combat roach killer
various epoxy sticks
Penn reel lube
white lithium-based grease
PTFE pipe thread sealant
lanonlin in a Burt's Bees lip goo container
wire (for some forgotten reason)
F4 self-fusing silicone tape
a wooden stick with two machine screws that Dave made to open our bronze inspection port-- when plastic just won't do
Even if you're not looking for stocking stuffer ideas, it's sort of interesting to see what other people keep handy. What's in your junk drawer/step?
MONDAY we'll share Dave's latest nearly-free DIY project.
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