Crain customer service

Discussion in 'Tools, Equipment and Supplies' started by JayP, Sep 6, 2019.

  1. Ask em what color he sticks his pencil in!

    Can’t post anything after this to not be misconstrued.
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  2. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    You guys don’t even know the pencil sharpeners I’ve gone through. I’ve tried the one that hooks onto your drill (talk about eating up pencils). I’ve tried a couple electric ones. I’ve had a cat pencil sharpener that meowed when you sharpened the pencil (in the cats but). The x-acto bulldog is hands down my favorite one. It’s simple and gives me the best point of all the sharpeners I’ve tried so far.
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  3. It looks like the ones we have in the school rooms here except they are metal. Since we're sharing here's mine. It doesn't have the fancy hood mounting attachment though.
    Works good! Pencil Sharpener.jpg
  4. Interestingly, I just read that X-acto (Actually owned by Elmer's Glue) bought Boston just a few years ago and they make this exact same model except it says X-acto where this one says Boston. They've been making them since 1899.

    These used to cost $6.00 back in 1913.
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  5. There’s just so much wrong in all of that.
    Obsolete, time consuming, varying tips, on and on.

    Draftsman, Architectural,Mechanical,Drawing, whatever you want to call it, you my as well get a square carpenters pencil and really go back in time, like 70’s.

    The marble and stone masons showed me the light.

    Here’s what to use. 2mm lead available in variety of hardness. I bought a used set about 10 years ago with 20 various pencils, still got @ 5 left, the plastic ones broke where it connects to metal, plastic breaking, go figure.

    WarmShine 3 Pack Metal Mechanical Pencil 2.0mm Professional Automatic Drafting Pencil 2B Lead Holder + 36 pcs Lead Refills

    Attached Files:

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  6. Damn kids and their new fangled ways! Next thing you know you're going to want a remote control for the TV!!!! When I was a kid I was the remote!!!

    Just teasin' ;)

    For me I think it's more about the fit / feel in my hand at this point. If I'm using a pencil it's got to be wood!
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  7. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I’ve done the mechanical pencil thing. I just want a pencil. A basic wooden pencil. I can get them just about anywhere.

    I see guys marking base with a permanent marker or who knows what. The damn black dot is 1/8”. That’s a huge margin of error when doing finish carpentry. If my corners are on point, you can caulk your own damn base.
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  8. Jim McClain

    Jim McClain TFP Owner/Founder Administrator

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  9. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

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  10. Mine's nicer 'cause it's got more holes! That's just a one-holer. :):D:p

    Ahem...What happens if your pencil is too big for the hole? (Asking for a friend);)
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  11. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    I’m dyin
  12. With sharpeners, just like outhouses, the number and size of the holes is critical!

    Can I get an Amen brother Chris???!!!
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  13. Chris,

    Since you mentioned Sharpies....I have a sheet vinyl floor in a medical facility where a guy wrote " (Boss's Name) is a D*#K)" on the slab. It's been replaced 3 times over the last 5 or 6 years and each time they grind it and patch it and it comes back through. Those things shouldn't be allowed on jobsites ever.

    I had another job a few years back where the plumbers where hanging PVC pipe in a ceiling and spilled a whole gallon of purple pipe sealer on the slab. Flooring contractor went in and ground the crap out of it and probably took it down an 1/8" inch or so to try and make sure they got it all - about 9 months later a giant purple splotch came through the sheet vinyl right in the middle of a hallway. I've got pictures of that somewhere on my file server at the shop. If I find them I'll post it.

    It's amazing what subfloors will hold onto.
  14. Daris Mulkin

    Daris Mulkin The One and Only Charter Member I Support TFP Senior Member

    whittle it down, or push harder.

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  15. Chris 45

    Chris 45 Director of P.R. on some deserted island. I Support TFP

    Amen! And no sharpies! I’ve seen guys marking door jambs with sharpies then when they undercut, the sharpie mark is still there. :eek: The fire sprinkler guys getting pipe threading oil on the slab is one I ran into quite frequently.
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  16. My wife was telling me how she had to go outside and rotate the antenna. We got it good these days.

    That's moisture movement Soaking in , absorbing down, then coming back up

    The led is thick so they don’t break like the .7?mm leads.

    Crain, - they should make a Koolglide competitor iron, you can’t patent types of heat. I opened one of them and there were circuit boards everywhere. The screws were retightened. Scary stuff.
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  17. JayP

    JayP Pro Member

    So it’s been almost two months and I haven’t been anywhere near the supply house I got my iron from. Today I had a job cancel so I took the time to pack up the iron and bring it to the UPS store to ship it out to CA. I will update when I hear anything from Crain or get the iron back.
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  18. JayP

    JayP Pro Member

    I got the iron back two days ago and used it on two jobs so far with no overheating issues. It didn’t cost anything other than the about $15 to ship it out to CA. I guess Crain does stand behind their warranty.
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