LAST WEEK’S HOT SHOT (below) showed hundreds of wrecked vehicles in a junkyard south of San Antonio, TX. This week’s Hot Shot is a desert graveyard outside of Victorville, CA. The lot is filled with reacquired Volkswagen and Audi diesel cars. Volkswagen AG has paid more than $7.4 billion to buy back about 350,000 vehicles. No, I haven’t counted how many are here, but feel free to do so if you have the time. If you do have the time…well…you really need something more important to do.
Lucy Nicholson | Reuters
Jerry Lara | San Antonio Express-News
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YOU GUYS NALED IT! Last week, I said: “I’m willing to bet no one — absolutely no one — gets this week’s Whatzit.” Boy…was I wrong! But that’s OK. Being wrong reminds me that I don’t have to be right…all the time.
You got it (all except for Connie’s last comment. But it’s OK for her to be wrong, too):
Bill Blauvelt: I don’t know its proper name but I have one and have used it many times when tearing down buildings. It is used to pull nail. The upper portion is used to drive the jaws in the piece of wood, then rock back closing the jaws and pulling the nail. I’ve always just called it the nail puller but I’m sure it has a proper name. Pinched my hand on one and got a blood blister while helping my father as a pre-teen.
Jay Davis: Why that is an antique nail puller. I’ve used one before. My grandfather owned one.
Gus Wesche: This happens to be a nail puller. It has a slide hammer built into the handle to drive the teeth of the jaw into the wood. Once the jaw is driven in far enough to get under the nail head you rock it over on the short lever for leverage to extract the nail.
Walt Haase: It’s a nail puller. You grab the nail with the bottom claw and the top works like a slide-hammer. If you Google “nail puller” I think you will find they are still available.
Terry Pugh: This week’s whatzit is a tool used to remove nails.
Ronald Puhalla: Nail Puller
Randy Sunderland: My grandfather used a tool like this to pull staples from fence posts while repairing barb wire fences. As I recall, he had a device to grab each end of the broken strand and then the staples would be pulled on the posts on either side of the break so the wire could be spliced and re-tensioned …
Connie Hurston: I know it’s probably not one, but it reminds me of an atypical old fashioned well’s hand-pump handle, although those were/are generally curved and probably have other accoutrements to go with. But it was definitely worth a walk down memory lane thinking about the refreshing hand pumped well water I encountered (and used) at the homes of friends and relatives as a fairly itty bitty kid in the South back in the 60s. Brought back some nice recollections. Thanks!
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