Odor in ToolBox


  #1  
Old 11-30-08, 01:35 PM
T
Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: May 2002
Location: USA
Posts: 170
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Odor in ToolBox

I have a plastic toolbox. Ive kept tools in there for a number of years & the tools have picked up a vinegar like odor. It is pretty bad. I tried putting bounce sheets in there. Didnt help. I tried leaving my tools outside. That didnt help. Then I cleaned all the tools by hand & the odor is still there. I hate using those tools & am considering replacing them all. Any idea what may have caused the odor? Thanks/Jina
 
  #2  
Old 11-30-08, 01:45 PM
M
Forum Topic Moderator
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: USA - N.E.Tn
Posts: 48,096
Received 398 Votes on 354 Posts
I can't imagine the tools obsorbing much odor - at least not the steel portion. Are you sure it's the tools that have the odor and not the plastic box?

Have you tried wiping the tools down with an oily rag?
 
  #3  
Old 11-30-08, 03:36 PM
W
Member
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: USA
Posts: 6,772
Received 32 Votes on 29 Posts
Tool Box

You have described exactly the odor in my old fishing tackle box. How do I get rid of the odor in the box?
 
  #4  
Old 11-30-08, 03:45 PM
Gunguy45's Avatar
Super Moderator
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: USA
Posts: 21,112
Received 4 Votes on 4 Posts
@ wirepuller...quit fishing and give away the box....lol

@OP...fill the box with cat litter (the stuff with a smell like Tidy Cats) and leave the tools in if there is room. Let it sit for a week in the sun. Then dump it and check for smell. Or just buy a new toolbox and do what I said with the tools in a cardboard box.
 
  #5  
Old 11-30-08, 06:57 PM
Speedwrench's Avatar
Member
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 1,697
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
simple green, wash the tools, although i can't for the life of me figure what could possibly cause that oder. other than break down of the plastic.

are you going to cowboy up or just lay there and bleed?
 
  #6  
Old 12-01-08, 09:07 AM
T
Member
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 15,817
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Wipe tools with WD40 to clean and place in a new tool box.
 
  #7  
Old 12-01-08, 05:08 PM
F
Member
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: North Carolina
Posts: 948
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
i was drawn to this post .
i had the same issue. turned out to be the plastic pouch that a set of craftsman nut drivers was in. dang if i could ever figure out why, but that pouch stunk to high heaven. i dumped the pouch and all was well.
 
  #8  
Old 02-02-09, 05:06 AM
P
Member
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Hicksville NY
Posts: 15
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
It's the old Craftsman screwdriver handles. The plastic in them starts to smell over time.
 
  #9  
Old 02-02-09, 06:57 AM
M
Member
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: PA, USA
Posts: 748
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
Originally Posted by flopshot View Post
i was drawn to this post .
i had the same issue. turned out to be the plastic pouch that a set of craftsman nut drivers was in. dang if i could ever figure out why, but that pouch stunk to high heaven. i dumped the pouch and all was well.
I noticed that too when I bought a set of taps from Sears. You could track them from the other side of town. What makes it smell so bad?
 
  #10  
Old 02-02-09, 09:47 AM
the_tow_guy's Avatar
Group Moderator
Join Date: Feb 2001
Location: SW Fla USA
Posts: 12,018
Received 67 Votes on 56 Posts
I've never had trouble with the screwdrivers, but I had a set of wood chisels that you could smell from the next county. Beats me what kind of plastic they used.
 
  #11  
Old 02-05-09, 02:03 PM
I
Member
Join Date: Oct 2005
Location: USA
Posts: 274
Received 0 Votes on 0 Posts
I had the same thing happen to a set of nut drivers but not sears. I actually took the box,nut drivers and dumped them in a bucket of soapy water and left them. They were fine for about
a couple weeks and then started the odor thing again. I finally determined that some lubricants,sprays we use to prevent rust on our tools when it mixes with the plastics on the handles and the boxes it creates a odor. I have decided to just live with it.
 
 

Thread Tools
Search this Thread
 
Ask a Question
Question Title:
Description: