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Top 10 Workshop Annoyances: You Can't Find a Sharp Pencil
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You can’t find a sharp pencil when you need it to save your life.

Retractable reel shop pencil holder Keep a retractable reel key holder attached to your pocket or tools and attach a pencil with a rubber band to always keep a sharp marking pencil nearby.

Attach the pencil to a small retractable reel badge or key holder: the kind used to hold security and event passes (available at office supply stores and online at amazon.com). Get one with a belt clip that you can attach to your shirt or work apron (slipping a small rubber band over the shank of the pencil helps keep it in the holder’s plastic loop). When you need to write a note or mark a part, just pull the pencil down and use it — the pencil always stays with you, since you can’t set it down. Alternatively, buy a bunch of badge reels and attach them near your work areas, or even to specific tools (always in a safe location, where the pencil won’t get into the machine if the reel fails or the pencil falls off).

posted on February 1, 2010 by Sandor Nagyszalanczy
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