I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

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I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby PASMAN II on Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:46 pm

I used to have two of them. Don't know what happened to the other one. This is a floorplate removal tool, fresh from deep inside an LCC at el Forko Grande. Two questions: 1. Are they still in use currently, and 2. Why the serial number?
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby PASMAN II on Thu Nov 25, 2010 8:50 pm

Sorry about the pic size. I was trying to ensure the serial number was visible.
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby Capt. Bill on Thu Nov 25, 2010 11:47 pm

That must have been unique to Deuce. At Minot we had a flat bladed screwdriver about 2 feet long. I don't remember any threads in the panels. That might be a MIL SPEC and not a serial number.
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby E-21 on Fri Nov 26, 2010 12:33 am

They are still used at Malmstrom. Whenever I have to go out and do batteries, which is a long day, I dig around in the crews tool box til I find it. Makes is easier to get the floor plates up! Never noticed the serial number though. I'll definitly look for that next time.
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby Rico2000 on Fri Nov 26, 2010 7:50 pm

They were used at Ellsworth and Warren I believe. After we used the large flat-bladed screwdriver to remove the brass screws, that tool was used to actually pull up the plates.
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby hockey85 on Sat Nov 27, 2010 8:46 pm

Just like E-21 said, we still use the "T" handles at Malmstrom to lift up the floor plates to access the survival kit supplies and/or maintenance teams accessing the batteries and MG. The floor plate screws are loosened using a large screw driver, then the "T" handles are screwed into where the screws used to be, then used to lift up the floor plates which are fairly heavy. Depending on the size of the floor plate, one person can lift it, but it is easier with two. I've never noticed a serial number on them, but then again, I wasn't looking closely. I'll check when I go on alert again.

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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby jediwolfmandaddy on Mon Nov 29, 2010 6:51 pm

wblakeney wrote:That must have been unique to Deuce. At Minot we had a flat bladed screwdriver about 2 feet long. I don't remember any threads in the panels. That might be a MIL SPEC and not a serial number.


Ah, the screw driver no one touched with bare hands since it was used to "unclog" ESOV pits.
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby hockey85 on Sat Dec 04, 2010 12:57 pm

I checked, but the T-handles I saw on alert do not have any serial number on them.

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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby Doug Harvey on Mon Sep 26, 2011 11:10 pm

Never saw one of those at Minot. We had the giant screwdriver. The one that cost $179 according to the government, but could be bought for $19 down at Scheel's Hardware. I recall someone getting into trouble because they dropped it down the outside of the accoustic enclosure and shattered the handle. Instead of going through the report of survey, they had their relief buy one at Scheel's and did a switch. All was fine until the IG when someone decided to check the serial number....! As I recall, the only practical use we had for it was to prop up the seat on the toilet so you could whiz without getting your johnson beheaded when the lid crashed down.

On a related note, I work in a prison in Alaska. The toilets we have in the cells for the prisoners are the same as the capsule ones, minus the hinged seat. No wonder four years at Minot felt like a jail sentence. :shock:
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby Capt. Bill on Tue Sep 27, 2011 4:11 am

Doug Harvey wrote:On a related note, I work in a prison in Alaska. The toilets we have in the cells for the prisoners are the same as the capsule ones, minus the hinged seat. No wonder four years at Minot felt like a jail sentence. :shock:


Never been in prison but I have seen the same toilets in movies
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Re: I Found This In My T.O. Bag!

Postby Doug Harvey on Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:11 pm

Oh, and on a related note, we DON'T pay $35,000 apiece for the toilets here in the prison system....
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